HB 17-1332 (Bridges & Wilson/Smallwood & Fenberg) Teacher Licensure Programs in Nonpublic Child Care & Preschool Facilities

Originally Posted: April 14, 2017
Last Updated: May 12, 2017

Summary

This bill would expand the settings in which a teacher may receive an alternative teacher license to include licensed nonpublic child care and preschool facilities.

Position

The Children’s Campaign strongly supports this bill as a way to increase the capacity and quality of the early childhood workforce in all early childhood settings in Colorado. Currently, a participant in an alternative teacher licensure program cannot obtain an alternative license by working in a community-based child care or preschool facility. Expanding the alternative teacher licensure program to include licensed community-based early childhood settings increases the likelihood that teachers will choose or remain in these settings while they work toward their alternative license.

Current Status

The bill passed the Senate and the House with bipartisan support and now heads to the governor’s desk for signature.

Previous Statuses


May 5, 2017

The bill was amended for clarity and passed the Senate Education Committee on a vote of 6-0. Bill Jaeger, our Vice President of Early Childhood Initiatives, testified in support.

April 28, 2017

The bill passed the House on a bipartisan vote of 63-1 and now heads to the Senate Education Committee.

April 21, 2017

Passed the House Education Committee on a vote of 12-1 and passed the House on 2nd reading, and now awaits a vote on 3rd reading in the House.

April 14, 2017

Introduced in the House and assigned to the House Education Committee, where it is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday, April 19 upon adjournment in Room 0112.