Kids First Childcare Capacity

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Kids First serves the community as an early childhood resource center that supports quality, affordable childcare choices in Aspen and Pitkin County. It is funded by a portion of a dedicated sales tax in Aspen. Learn more in this brochure or on the Kids First website.

Childcare Capacity

Childcare capacity refers to the available spots for childcare services in Pitkin County, which includes home-based and childcare center availability. For years in Aspen, the demand for early childcare has been greater than the availability. The City of Aspen and Kids First are committed to increasing access to quality early childhood education and continue to work on solutions to this problem, both short-term and long-term.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment data shows that in 2018 a total of 137 babies were born to people living in Pitkin County; in 2019 there were 141 babies born. Aspen Valley Hospital recently reported a 15.3% increase in babies born in 2020 over 2019.

Assuming not all parents of the babies born last year want care, there is still a huge gap between babies born and only 32 infant childcare spaces. This is just one of the issues parents and caregivers face. In addition, parents and caregivers may need childcare beyond typical childcare hours, or in other locations. All of these issues are ones Kids First wants to understand better from parents, caregivers, and future parents.


Please Share Your Voice

Please share your opinion by filling out the survey below on the "Survey" tab and also share your ideas for solutions under the "Ideas" tab.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Kids First serves the community as an early childhood resource center that supports quality, affordable childcare choices in Aspen and Pitkin County. It is funded by a portion of a dedicated sales tax in Aspen. Learn more in this brochure or on the Kids First website.

Childcare Capacity

Childcare capacity refers to the available spots for childcare services in Pitkin County, which includes home-based and childcare center availability. For years in Aspen, the demand for early childcare has been greater than the availability. The City of Aspen and Kids First are committed to increasing access to quality early childhood education and continue to work on solutions to this problem, both short-term and long-term.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment data shows that in 2018 a total of 137 babies were born to people living in Pitkin County; in 2019 there were 141 babies born. Aspen Valley Hospital recently reported a 15.3% increase in babies born in 2020 over 2019.

Assuming not all parents of the babies born last year want care, there is still a huge gap between babies born and only 32 infant childcare spaces. This is just one of the issues parents and caregivers face. In addition, parents and caregivers may need childcare beyond typical childcare hours, or in other locations. All of these issues are ones Kids First wants to understand better from parents, caregivers, and future parents.


Please Share Your Voice

Please share your opinion by filling out the survey below on the "Survey" tab and also share your ideas for solutions under the "Ideas" tab.

We look forward to hearing from you.


  • Kids First uses a variety of data to help determine what services families need around childcare, and to help us develop services or direct funding to meet those needs. Covid changed everything for many of us; how we work, where we work, how we care for and educate our children, and how essential it is to have high quality childcare. Thank you in advance for your time and thoughts that will help shape how we expand childcare capacity to better meet your needs.  


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