HB20-1053 (Sirota & Wilson/Story) Supporting the Early Childhood Education Workforce
Colorado only has licensed early care and education capacity for roughly 60 percent of the 247,000 children under six years old with all parents in the workforce. Providers identify the unavailability of qualified teachers as the most influential factor in limiting capacity. This bill would improve Colorado’s career and education pathways to becoming a qualified early childhood educator by streamlining qualifications systems, investing in recruitment and retention efforts, and creating an apprenticeship programs for aspiring early childhood educators.
The Children’s Campaign strongly supports this bill. This bill is vital to addressing the lack of childcare in our state and the devastating impact it has on Colorado families. More than 12 percent of Colorado children under six had a parent who reported that they or another family member had to quit a job, not take a job, or greatly change their job because of problems with childcare. This is especially important because demand is expected to increase by nearly 20 percent in the next 10 years.
Passed out of the House Education Committee on a vote of 8-4 on Feb. 4 and now heads to the House Appropriations Committee.
January 17, 2020
Assigned to the House Education Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 1:30 pm in Room 0107