HB20-1016 (McCluskie & Wilson/Pettersen) Increase Quality in Early Childhood Education Programs

Originally Posted: January 24, 2020
Last Updated: June 19, 2020


This bill would direct the Department of Human Services to provide technical assistance and financial incentives to early care and education programs with a level 1 or 2 quality rating in Colorado Shines to support these programs in advancing to a higher level rating. It would also direct the Department to support programs at level 3, 4, or 5 to ensure that these programs can maintain or advance their quality rating. Early Childhood Councils would provide community outreach and engagement strategies to support the Department’s efforts across the state. The bill would also require Councils that apply for school readiness quality improvement funding to describe how the Council will target and recruit programs with a Colorado Shines rating of level 1 or higher in the Council’s three-year school readiness plan.


The Children’s Campaign supports this bill as a way to support providers at all levels in providing quality early learning experiences for young children and families in communities across the state.

Current Status

Died in House Appropriations Committee, though the core tenets of this bill were amended into HB-1053, which passed.

Previous Statuses

January 24, 2020

Assigned to the House Education Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 1:30pm in Room 0107

February 7, 2020

Passed out of the House Education Committee on a vote of 8-4 on Feb. 4 and now heads to the House Appropriations Committee. Bill Jaeger, our Vice President of Early Childhood and Policy Initiatives, testified in support.