Many families in Colorado struggle to make ends meet. In 2014, 15% of kids in Colorado under the age of 18 lived in poverty, which is defined as annual income at or below $23,850 for a family of four. And according to the Colorado Center on Law and Policy’s 2015 Self-Sufficiency Standard, a Denver family of four would need an annual income of at least $73,749 in order to be self-sufficient and meet all of their basic needs. For families with infants and toddlers, these needs not only include food and shelter, but also diapers, formula, bottles, baby safety gear and clothing to fit growing kids. WeeCycle helps provide access to these essential items for many Colorado families. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates.
Becoming a parent can be an exciting but also overwhelming event, and these feelings may be increased if a parent feels unsure about whether they can meet their child’s basic needs. If a child’s primary caregivers are healthy — if they are not stressed, anxious or depressed—then the child and parent/caregiver can form a relationship that allows the child to feel safe, secure and stable… to thrive. Happy, healthy, thriving individuals form a positive and supportive community that can grow culturally, academically and economically.