Grantee Highlight – Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Foundation

June 1, 2016

With support from Mile High Connects, the Urban Cooperative Development Program of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Foundation has embarked on a feasibility study to explore development of a cooperative childcare center in the Denver Metro area. This childcare center would operate as a worker-owned business with the goals of creating living-wage jobs for childcare workers and providing high quality, affordable care for low-income families.  Another goal would be to connect the childcare center to transit lines, increasing accessibility for working families. Phase one of the feasibility study has been completed with the help of Qualistar Colorado and this summer our co-op development team will visit the nationally renowned Childspace Day Care Centers in Philadelphia to learn how their cooperative model works and bring back best practices to Denver. Future steps will include outreach to local community leaders in Metro Denver to determine the best location for such a center. We anticipate that once this model is established, it can be replicated in additional neighborhoods.