PARK CITY, Utah — The Park City Council chose PC Tots to fill the child care space at the Park City Library at its regular meeting on September 14.
The annual lease amount approved by the council for the space is $120, with the aim of addressing the critical need for affordable child care in the area.
The Park City Cooperative Preschool (PCCP) had been a tenant in the Park City Library for three decades. PCCP’s lease, which commenced on July 1, 2021, was terminated early, effective June 1, 2023, at its request. That presented an opportunity for the City Council to address the child care shortage in Park City.
Anticipating the termination of the lease, the City Council initiated a request for proposal (RFP) process, prioritizing various aspects such as child care for ages 0 to 3; year-round care; serving municipal employees, residents, and workers; and considering tuition fee schedules and scholarship programs. It attracted four responses from child care providers.
A selection committee, comprising representatives from various city departments, reviewed the responses and recommended PC Tots, which aligns with the RFP’s priorities by offering year-round, all-day care for children ages 0-3, prioritizing Park City Municipal employees, and accepting subsidies and scholarships for lower-income families. PC Tots is also a bilingual program with a strong local reputation.
The proposed lease term is for two years, with an option for a three-year renewal and an additional five-year extension, potentially amounting to a 10-year lease.
The proposed childcare facility at the Library aims to accommodate 20 preschool children during its first year of operation, accepting DWS subsidies and providing scholarships for qualifying families. PC Tots will prioritize up to 10 Park City Municipal employee families.
The tuition rate for PC Tots as of July 1, 2023 shows a $2,000 monthly rate for children ages 0-3 and a $1,600 monthly payment for children who are preschool age.