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Mon July 13, 2009
Advocacy group tackles state child care shortage
By Addie Goss
Laramie, Wyo. – A child care advocacy group is planning to tour Wyoming and educate locals on how to expand child care services. Sarah Mikesell Growney with the group Equality Initiatives says her group will try to help communities find solutions to the child care shortage. She says it's a problem that continues to be serious.
"There are only approximately 17,000 licensed child care slots, according to the Wyoming Children's Action Alliance, but there are about 40,000 children who need child care in Wyoming," Mikesell Growney says. "And that poses difficulty for women and men to enter the workforce, stay in the workforce, and be productive."
Mikesell Growney says expanding child care and getting more adults working could provide a significant boost to state revenue. The new program is supported by a grant from the Rockefeller Family Fund.