Shortage of Child Care Hurts SE Wyo.

Laramie, Wyo. – Southeastern Wyoming faces a shortage of
child care that some say is hurting the area's ability to attract workers.

A state study completed in 2006 found that if existing day care centers don't expand and no new centers are built, 2,754 children in Wyoming will have unmet child-care needs by 2016.

The Early Education Partnership is working to raise money to build a child-care facility in the Cheyenne Business Parkway on land donated to the partnership by Cheyenne LEADS. No construction date has been set.

Randy Bruns is chief executive officer of Cheyenne LEADS, the economic development corporation for Cheyenne and Laramie County.

Bruns says that the availability of child care is a workforce issue that enables parents to feel comfortable going to work and earning a living.