HB 17-1355 (Young/Lundberg) County Block Grant Money to Child Care Quality Programs

Originally Posted: April 28, 2017
Last Updated: May 12, 2017

Summary

The bill expands uses of the county allocation for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program funding to allow counties to invest in specific child care quality initiatives.

Position

The Children’s Campaign’s appreciates the bill’s focus on 1) the need for quality child care, 2) the desire to address early childhood mental health issues, including early childhood suspension and expulsion, and 3) the recognition that current funding for quality improvement efforts in child care are inadequate to the need in communities throughout the state. We also support looking at a different funding source (TANF county block grant dollars) rather than Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) money, given the growing demand for child care subsidies among working families in the state who need child care to work as the economy improves. We also hope that, when implemented, that there is a focus on transparency over how these funds are spent. Having some way to know what was spent, for what purposes, and if it worked is important in being good stewards of taxpayer dollars and avoiding state or federal audit findings that could jeopardize our overall funding. As a state-supervised system, it is important to that the state be able to look across our 64 different county administered initiatives to be able to ensure compliance with law and regulation and to know that such investments are actually making a difference for children.

Current Status

The bill passed third reading in the Senate on a vote of 30-5 and now heads to the governor’s desk for signature.

Previous Statuses


May 5, 2017

The bill passed the House on a strong bipartisan vote of 54-11 and is now awaiting a hearing in the Senate Finance Committee.

April 28, 2017

The bill passed the House Health Insurance, and Environment Committee unanimously and now heads to the House floor.