Laramie County, Wyoming was
pursuing a Community Facilities Grant from the Wyoming Business
Council for the development of a new child care center in
Cheyenne, Wyoming. In its review of this grant application, the
Wyoming Business Council desired to have more information
concerning the demand for this facility. Pedersen Planning
Consultants (PPC) was retained to complete this study in light
of its earlier preparation of a Wyoming Workforce Childcare
Needs Assessment in 2006.
PPC initially updated its
previous analysis of selected demographic and economic trends in
Laramie County, identified the number of available childcare
facilities, determined changes in child care enrollments, and
evaluated changes associated with the cost of child care
A related task associated with
the overall study was a re-examination and modification of the
statistical model originally used by PPC to calculate child care
demands in 2006.
Revised county population
forecasts for the next decade were incorporated into the
statistical model on the basis of more recent demographic and
economic trends. Former inputs to the statistical model, which
attempted to consider affordability and their influence upon
child care demand, were removed in light of the availability of
comparable enrollment data for the 2006-2009 period. The
availability of this information enabled PPC to link critical
assumptions used to forecast child care enrollment trends,
simplify the forecast methodology, and increase the reliability
of child demand forecasts.
PPC revised its earlier forecasts
of future demand for child care in Laramie County for the
2010-2020 period. These forecasts segregated potential demands
for infant, toddler, preschool age, and school age care. PPC
ultimately determined the unmet child care demand that could not
be met by existing child care providers in Laramie County during
the coming decade.
Study findings were presented and
discussed with the Wyoming Business Council Board.