Colorado Springs, Colorado 2021-10-07 10:44:27 –
Denver (KDVR) — Children are in great need of help as their parents return to the office full-time or work remotely several days a week.
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find, given the significant shortage of nursery staff.
According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, about 80% of Colorado’s child care centers are currently understaffed.
Data show that 47% of programs affected by staff shortages are currently servicing fewer children, 34% have long waiting lists, and 40% are unable to fully open classrooms. , 26% are shortening business hours.
For this reason, efforts in the field of childcare say that Coloradans are seeking alternative options when they return to the office, including the help of nannies and babysitters.
The problem is that many of them are also dealing with staff shortages.
“I find it harder to hire a nanny or babysitter than a 20-year career. It’s never been so hard,” said Jami Dennis, owner of College Nannies & Sitters of Denver, Boulder & Fort Collins.
Dennis has offered higher salaries and more incentives to attract new employees for the home care business.
In the meantime, it may be timely to put your child on the waiting list.
“If you’re looking for home care, you said it would take 2-4 weeks, but depending on your schedule and location, it could take 4-6 weeks, and center-based care will take even longer.” Dennis said.
According to the College Nannies & Sitters of Denver, Boulder & Fort Collins, sitters are currently charging $ 20 to $ 35 per hour, depending on their experience and level of education.
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