2017 Legislative Priorities
The Colorado Children’s Campaign serves as the leading voice for kids at the state Capitol and in communities across the state.
In our 31-year history we’ve worked with policymakers from every corner of the state and every political perspective to improve the well-being of Colorado kids. Children’s issues aren’t partisan, and we’ve learned that we can develop innovative solutions when we work together.
- Supporting our early childhood workforce with investments that help recruit, retain, and reward early educators.
- Addressing the disproportionate use of expulsion and suspension of children in preschool and the early elementary grades.
- Promoting access to quality, affordable early care and learning opportunities for children and families.
- Increasing access to evidence-based, voluntary home-based coaching and two-generation family support programs.
- Protecting quality, affordable health insurance coverage options that provide kids and families access to physical, behavioral, and oral health care services, including preventive health services and maternity care.
- Expanding pregnancy-related depression screening for mothers under a child’s Medicaid plan to align with best practice recommendations endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Ensuring all women have access to the most reliable and effective birth control methods so they can finish their education and chart their own futures, giving their children the best possible chance for success.
- Supporting changes to Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid program) through the redesign of the Accountable Care Collaborative to encourage developmental and pregnancy-related depression screening, referral, treatment and support, integrated behavioral health care for children and families, and high-quality care for children and pregnant women.
- Advocating for revenue and school finance formula changes that move Colorado closer to a school finance system that is equitable, sufficient and meets the needs of all students, especially children living in poverty, living in rural areas, learning English, or struggling to read.
- Ensuring Colorado centers equity in its state plan for implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act and any legislation required to align with the new federal law.
- Protecting and advancing the implementation of:
- The Colorado Academic Standards.
- Meaningful assessments that provide a full picture of student growth between grades 3-11.
- Evaluations that improve and empower teachers and school leaders.
- School and district accountability systems that give parents and educators information they need to improve schools.
- Policies that ensure every student in Colorado has access to a high-quality public school option.
- Protecting the health, education and economic security programs that benefit all Colorado children by developing innovative, bipartisan solutions to Colorado’s current budget challenges
2017 Legislative Priorities
2016 Legislative Priorities
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- Colorado’s Pre-K Through 3rd Grade Alignment Landscape July, 2016
- The Value of Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation January, 2016
- Support SB 16-022: CCCAP “Cliff Effect” Pilot Program January, 2016
- HB 16-1227: Colorado Child Care Assistance Program March, 2016
KidsFlash Capitol Updates
- Capitol Updates: Exclusionary discipline for young children, charter funding, and contraceptive supplies bills move forward
Each week of the 2017 session of the Colorado General Assembly we’ll bring you the latest news and analysis of legislation impacting the early development, health and education of Colorado kids. Click here for a full list of the legislation we’re tracking. Here are some highlights from this week: HB 17-1210 (Lontine & Buckner/Priola & Fields) Addressing Out-of-School Suspension & Expulsion of Young Children A high quality, nurturing environment in the early school years unlocks the potential of all of our children to learn about themselves and the world.
- Capitol Update: Early childhood discipline, equal school funding, keeping mothers and babies together
- School Property Tax Equality
The House Education Committee and the State Board of Education had a special guest this week.
- Colorado kids lose big with federal health care bill
This week, Republicans in the U.S.