A report on child well-being released last Friday says that Sheridan County out-ranks the state in childcare availability.
The Wyoming Kid's Count report states that Sheridan County had 35 percent more providers in 2009 than it did in 2002. Wyoming Kid's Count Executive Director Marc Homer.
Childcare availability rate was studied from 2002 to 2009 and found a 35 percent increase in licensed care spaces per 100 children under age five. The number improved from 52 in 2002 to 70 in 2009. The state experienced a 13 percent increase; an average of 45 licensed providers per 100 children in 2002 grew to 51 in 2009. Sheridan ranks second in the state in childcare availability. Goshen County was first, improving from 61 to 70. Goshen ranked sixth overall in the report.
The Wyoming Kid's Count is compiled by the Wyoming Children's Action Alliance, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. It ranked the state's 15 most populated counties in 12 child well-being categories. Albany County was first, Fremont County was last and Sheridan County ranked fourth.
Johnson county, which was not ranked in the report because it only held 1.4 percent of the state's population of children in 2009, saw a 27 percent increase in childcare availability – 64 to 81 per 100. Johnson County worsened in 7 of 12 indicators in the full report, but the report states that “eight counties each with less than two percent of the state's child population were left out due to statistical volatility of low number events”.