HB19-1052 (Rankin & McCluskie) Early Childhood Development Special District
This bill authorizes local communities to create special districts for the purpose of delivering early childhood development services for children from birth through eight years of age. Early childhood development services include early care and educational, health, mental health, and developmental services, including prevention and intervention. State statute currently enables the creation of special districts to fund and deliver a variety of services, including parks and recreation, forest improvement, and fire protection. There are more than 2,000 special districts in Colorado today.
The Children’s Campaign supports this bill as a way to create a mechanism for local investments in young children’s healthy development in addition to state investments. Local communities across the state are interested in working together, across municipal, county and school district boundaries, to offer high quality early childhood development services in a regional way, designed to meet local community needs. Early childhood services, including early care and education, health and mental health care and developmental support programs for children birth to age eight, can support working parents and help young children get a good start in life.
Passed the Senate Local Government Committee unanimously and now heads to the Senate floor, where it has been placed on the consent calendar. Bill Jaeger, VP of Early Childhood and Policy Initiatives, testified in support of the bill.
January 11, 2019
Assigned to the House Transportation & Local Government Committee
March 1, 2019
Passed the House on a bipartisan vote of 50-13 and now heads to the Senate
March 8, 2019
Assigned to the Senate Local Government Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Tues., Mar. 12 at 2:00p in Room 354.