HB 16-1183 (Buckner) Aligning Changes Made to the Federal Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization of 2014 to CCCAP

Originally Posted: February 12, 2016
Last Updated: April 15, 2016

Summary

This bill would align the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) statute with changes in federal law, which requires our state statute to specify that a child receiving CCCAP supports continues to be eligible for those supports for an entire 12-month period before eligibility is redetermined, as long as the child’s family income remains below 85 percent of the state median income for that family size.

Position

The Children’s Campaign strongly supports this bill, which would bring our state statute into alignment with federal law and ensures that children do not face a disruption in access to quality early learning.

Current Status

This week, the bill was discussed in conference committee and a motion to remove the amendment from the bill failed on a 3-3 vote. It is unclear at this point whether the two houses will resolve their differences so we will monitor approaches that can ensure this policy change is successfully implemented regardless of the future of this specific bill.

Previous Statuses


April 1, 2016

Passed the House with bipartisan support and passed the Senate on a bipartisan vote as well, but with an unexpected amendment added on 2nd reading in the Senate. The amendment would expand the allowed use of county CCCAP block allocations to include new quality initiatives.  With limited resources and families on wait lists in at least three communities throughout the state, we have concerns about expanding the uses of the program when it is not meeting basic need in some communities. We will be working with the bill sponsors to address the amendment before the bill goes to the Governor for signature.

March 25, 2016

Passed the Senate Health & Human Services Committee with an amendment that clarified language and now heads to the Senate floor for debate.

March 18, 2016

The Senate Health & Human Services Committee heard testimony and discussed the bill this week, and then laid the bill over for a vote at a later date (Bill Jaeger, our Vice President of Early Childhood Initiatives, testified in support of the bill in the Senate Health & Human Services Committee this week).

March 11, 2016

The bill passed the House with bipartisan support and now heads to the Senate, where it is assigned to the Senate Health & Human Services Committee and will be heard on Wednesday, March 16.

March 4, 2016

Scheduled for debate on the House floor on Monday, March 7 (Bill Jaeger, our Vice President of Early Childhood Initiatives, testified in support of this bill in the House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee this week).

February 26, 2016

Passed out of the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee on a bipartisan 10-3 vote and now heads to the full House.

February 19, 2016

Scheduled to be heard by the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 1:30 p.m. in HCR 0107.

February 12, 2016

Introduced in the House and assigned to the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee.