Weld County residents urged to fill out child care and livelihood needs survey

United Way of Weld County cares about children and their early education and growth! One of its latest efforts is partnering with my company, Quantitative Measurement Strategies LLC, to conduct an important survey on child care and livelihood needs of families in Weld County.

The Weld County Family Child Care Needs and Livelihood survey recently began hitting the mailboxes of 5,200 randomly selected households across Weld County. Plus, child care providers throughout the county were given surveys to hand out to the primary caregivers of the children they serve. If you received this survey in the mail, or were given the survey by your child’s care provider, would you complete and return the survey by Aug. 31? It will only take 15-20 minutes to complete. You can either mail it back to United Way of Weld County, 814 9th St., Greeley, CO 80632, or take the survey online.

If you live in Weld County and haven’t received the survey, and are a parent or grandparent or other primary care-giver for a child aged birth to 12, you can also take the survey online at:
www.unitedway-weld.org/family. This survey is very important to Weld County families for at least three reasons. First, the survey responses will provide United Way of Weld County with vital information about challenges faced by Weld County families needing or using child care services and doing their best to make it in today’s world.

Second, the survey responses will help United Way of Weld County work with other community leaders to design and support programs to meet the diverse needs of Weld County families. This may include addressing the high cost of child care, issues relating to dependable transportation, increasing availability and access to child care providers for children birth to 12 years old, and changes to the current Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP), all which are very much needed.

Finally, the survey responses will help United Way of Weld County reach out to employers who have employees missing work due to child care related issues and will help employers support programs to reduce employee absenteeism and increase productivity.

United Way of Weld County wants to hear from Weld County families. Its board of directors, volunteers and staff work hard every day to improve the lives of all Weld County families. The survey is one way we can get feedback from the people we serve.

Karen Traxler, MS, Ph.D.c , is the director of evaluation, statistics and research for Quantitative Measurement Strategies LLC in Greeley.