Vail CEO donates $250,000 to PC Tots
October 18, 2016
It has long been clear to Libby Bailey that there is enough need for affordable child care in Park City that PC Tots would one day expand to an additional location.
Bailey, executive director of the nonprofit child care center that opened earlier this year, had no idea, however, that it would happen so soon. PC Tots recently announced plans to open a new satellite location in the Prospector area for children aged six weeks to 3 years.
The expansion is possible because of a $250,000 donation to the Park City Community Foundation from Rob Katz, CEO of Vail Resorts. Katz and his wife, Elana Amsterdam, recently donated $2 million to a dozen nonprofits that help children in the communities in which Vail Resorts has a presence.
Katz was not available for comment, but said in a press release that supporting nonprofits that serve children is vital.
"The success of our local communities brings a number of unique challenges that require our focus and attention — none more important than helping kids and families who are most vulnerable," he said in the release. "Elana and I feel fortunate to be able to provide this support to these outstanding nonprofits to allow them to continue their great work."
For her part, Bailey is grateful to be the benefactor of such a large windfall. She said the fact Katz identified PC Tots as a worthy organization speaks to its importance in the community. Already, PC Tots is serving a critical role for working families, and the donation will allow the nonprofit to broaden its impact.
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"What that means is we can help so many more families to provide high-quality and subsidized child care," she said. "… My staff, the board of directors and myself are so proud of what we've been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time. This generous money is really making it so we can capitalize on the momentum and we're able to carry on with our mission and provide more spaces for children."
Bailey said one stipulation of the donation is that it be spent on creating a new center rather than bolstering the current one on Sidewinder Drive. She estimated that about $200,000 will go toward the startup cost, including renovating a building to meet state regulations for a child care facility.
PC Tots has not yet settled on a location in Prospector, but Bailey said the center will be up and running within a year.
"The most challenging part will be finding real estate," she said. "… We really want to keep it localized. For our staff and for myself, we want to make sure that we can get to the secondary center very quickly."
The nonprofit intends to dedicate the satellite location to infants and toddlers because of the high demand for care for children that age. The need is so great, Bailey said, that parents are placing their unborn babies on the PC Tots waiting list.
"Within our community in Park City, we have a lot of great preschool and pre-kindergarten programs," she said. "What we don't have a lot of are programs for infants. We feel pretty confident this new space will help us with the wait list."
Bailey added that there are no plans to change the operations of the Sidewinder Drive location. Families can continue to rely on the same services and child care they've received since PC Tots opened.
"I think that's really important for families to know," she said. "Families have really established these bonds with our staff, and we want to make sure they know that those will continue."
Despite Katz's donation, Bailey said PC Tots still needs the support of other donors in the community. Since the money from Katz can't be used for the original location, the nonprofit must still raise money to maintain the services it provides, which include $17,000 in subsidized care for children who are currently enrolled.
Bailey specifically mentioned Live PC Give PC, a day devoted to donating to Park City's nonprofit organization, as a prime opportunity for Parkites to help. Live PC Give PC this year is scheduled for Nov. 4.
"We still need to raise a lot of money," she said. "It's really important that day of giving still comes through for us, even with this money."
For more information on PC Tots, visit pctots.org.