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Project Experience

Project: WYOMING WORKFORCE CHILDCARE NEEDS ASSESSMENT
Location: Statewide and All 23 counties in the State of Wyoming
Client: Wyoming Dept of Workforce Services
122 W. 25th Street, Herschler Building, Cheyenne, Wyoming  82002
Contact: Glenna Campagnaro, Administrator, Business Training & Outreach Division
Year Completed: November 2006
Project Scope:

Pedersen Planning Consultants was retained by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services to:

  1. Determine the current and future demands for child care services in Wyoming between 2006 and 2016.

  2. Determine the potential economic benefits that may be derived from the potential expansion and development of new child care facilities.

This statewide assessment was prepared to address questions from the Wyoming State Legislature which was considering the merits of a proposed statewide plan to rate the quality of private child care facilities, and provide financial subsidies to child care providers that provide a higher quality of child care service.

A county-by-county evaluation was made to meet the needs of the State of Wyoming.  Separate analyses of each county presented relevant demographic and economic information, existing child care enrollments in licensed and exempt child care operations, child care service rates, child care demand forecasts, as well as a calculation of direct economic benefits derived from existing and future child care industry employment, related personal income generation, and child care service revenues. 

A statistical model was developed by PPC to calculate the demand for future child care services.  Application of the model incorporated assumptions concerning natural growth, migration, age characteristics, anticipated losses and gains in regional employment, the motivation of parents to use child care services, affordability, and other economic factors. 

The perceptions of employers concerning the impact of child care availability upon employee recruitment and retention was also examined.  This analysis was pursued through the preparation and analysis of results from a employer survey that was that was distributed to some 550 employers throughout the State of Wyoming.

The statewide economic impact of the child care industry was ultimately determined through the calculation of direct, indirect and induced economic impacts.  This evaluation was made through the use of an economic input-output model known as Implan.  These calculations enabled reviewers of the report to better understand the economic value of the child care industry in 2006.  The potential value of the child care industry from 2007 through 2016 was also calculated to determine the potential economic impacts that might be derived from expanded child care facilities needed to satisfy anticipated child care demands.