Kinderhut’s just the tip … |

Kinderhut’s just the tip …


The recent episode between Vail Resorts and Breckenridge residents over concern for Kinderhut’s childcare service proves three things:• Childcare is still an enormous issue and need in our transient community, despite voters passing Measure 1A last year asking for additional taxpayer dollars to go toward early childhood education. While Breckenridge Mayor Ernie Blake is reluctant to look outside the town for a countywide answer, the county and the towns therein then should watch how the town and resort react in the coming months. Lessons will be learned about how a corporate entity and a public entity can deal with a social issue.• The longest road is still ahead. Vail Resorts’ decision to give Kinderhut one more year to find a new home was generous and, at the same time, politically smart. However, the potential for the biggest impact to childcare needs is still out there, and will take buy-in from residents, councilmembers and VR staff.• Public input is still the most valuable way to make change. This might be the greatest lesson residents can learn. If you don’t like the way something is in our town, create a concerned community, attend a town council meeting en masse and, if it works, be thankful when organized actions create positive change.What residents shouldn’t assume is this: That with enough barking, Vail Resorts will always back off. Vail proved through this process that they are willing, if a situation surfaces that deals with kids, to put community ahead of business. However, Vail Resorts will still act like a business tomorrow, or next week, and residents need to continue to act as the checks-and-balances entity to decisions that aversely affect our community’s core. Overall, the town, Kinderhut employees, Vail Resorts and the Breck Council should be satisfied that a compromise has been reached. Down the road, those entities will need to work closely together to reach a compromise on the bigger question: How do we provide the necessary amount of childcare options in our communities to match a growing population and a rising cost of living?Let the new discussion begin …

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