Routt County First Impressions has received a $24,000 grant to continue to support and increase infant child-care programs in Routt County.
The money will be used to buy equipment for the few infant programs available in the county and to continue certifying people at no charge as infant-toddler-care providers.
Also, the Child Care Network, which gives information to people seeking child-care information, received part of that money so its hours of operations can be expanded, said Renee Donahue, county liaison for First Impressions.
"This is a statewide problem," Donahue said of the availability of infant child care.
There are 42 infant slots available in Routt County. That means 42 babies can be cared for by certified day-care providers while their mothers are at work.
"That's not very many," Donahue said.
First Impressions received the grant from the Colorado Department of Human Services, with Routt County acting as the sponsor. The county commissioners signed the grant on Monday.
There will be an informational meeting about the free infant-care certification classes on Aug. 16.
Anyone interested can contact Sharon Butler at 870-9328 or Debbie Young at 871-4762.
To reach Doug Crowl call 871-4206 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org