More child care in Gypsum |

More child care in Gypsum

Katie Drucker
Eagle Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado

GYPSUM, Colorado ” Child care and nursery school spots in Eagle County, and especially downvalley, are snatched up faster than those fresh baked cookies at the bottom of Beaver Creek mountain.

In Eagle County, currently licensed childcare meets only 19 percent of the need for infant care and 50 percent of the need for toddler care says Jennie Wahrer, a co-chair for BrightStart initiative. However, the Eagle County Schools has recognized the need to meet childcare needs for parents, teachers and other staff, says Kristin Ramstad, director of early childhood education.

That is why the Eagle County Schools has partnered with Eagle County and the BrightStart initiative, a county childhood development program, to develop the Red Table Early Learning Center.

“We are trying to meet these needs. It is a growing area,” explains Ramstad.

This child-care center will be located on Red Table Drive in Gypsum, directly underneath the New America School. The hope is that Red Table Early Learning Center will be open in November. However, the opening date depends on the completion of construction and when the center gets licensed. The center will be open year-round, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

A total of 50 children will be served. There will be spots available for eight infants, six weeks to 18 months old; 10 toddlers from 18 to 36 months old; and 32 toddlers from three to five years old.

Out of those 50 spots, six will be saved for teenagers in Eagle County Schools who have their own children. Also, six spots are saved for Eagle County Schools employees and four slots are reserved for Eagle County employees.

“Word travels fast,” says Ramstad. “I got calls [about the center] before the board had even approved it.” However, Ramstad notes that no children have yet been enrolled.

For more information, call 328-3942.

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