Happy Birthday, PC Tots Too!
On May 1st, PC Tots Too turned one year old! PC Tots Too was made possible by a generous $250,000 grant from Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz and his wife, Elana Amsterdam. Their gift not only funded the center’s construction build-out, quality furniture, and toys, but also provided for subsidized childcare tuition for 30 children during this past year. This new center and the original PC Tots Early Learning Center now offer quality daycare to the children of Summit County’s workforce and serve 104 children, 11 hours a day, 5 days a week, every week of the year.
Some of PC Tots’ past year’s accomplishments include:
- Tuition assistance provided for all families ranging between $300-$900 per month.
- Celebrated 2nd anniversary of the first PC Tots center in March.
- Kept all enrollment slots filled each month (current waitlist is 116 families).
- Met their goal of raising $200,000 for tuition assistance for their first center with help from a generous grant from Vail EpicPromise last fall.
- Paid a living wage to and worked to raise the professionalism of 20 childcare providers.
- Enrolled all their childcare providers of children ages 6 weeks-3 years of age in the extensive training provided by State of Utah Baby Steps Grant.
- Administered Brigance Early Learning Inventory twice yearly to each child and reported significant gains to parents.
However, there is still real need in Park City and Summit County. PC Tots Too is at full capacity with many families eagerly waiting for spaces. Because childcare in Summit County costs as much as tuition to a good state university, many kids are left at unlicensed homes lacking basic child safety precautions, because parents have no other choice. To make matters worse, hospitality workers are busiest when schools close down—so their need for childcare is pressing and expensive. If you are interested in this issue, you can donate to the Educate and Empower fund through Park City Community Foundation.