Broad support for proposed changes to health rules for school-age child care

Written by: Bill Jaeger
Date Posted: November 17, 2017

This week the Children’s Campaign joined a broad group of health advocates in supporting proposed new rules to child care centers for school-age kids being considered by the state of Colorado. If passed, roughly 80,000 school-age children in Colorado would benefit from more comprehensive guidelines for healthy eating, sugary drinks, screen time, physical activity and better medication administration.

From the letter: “The proposed new rules help to ensure that children spend time in settings that are safe, healthy, and supportive. The draft rules make meaningful progress in a number of areas, including social and emotional health, medication storage, the needs of children with special health conditions, and a variety of topics related to the growing issue of preventable childhood diseases, like obesity, tooth decay, and diabetes.”

The letter was delivered to the Colorado Office of Early Childhood at the Department of Human Services, which is currently revising child care rules for school-age kids. It was signed by the Colorado Children’s Campaign, Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation, Healthier Colorado, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Qualistar Colorado, The Colorado Health Foundation, LiveWell Colorado, Healthy Child Care Colorado, the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition, the American Heart Association, and the Council for a Strong America Colorado.   

Bill Jaeger

About Bill Jaeger

Bill Jaeger, Vice President of Early Childhood Initiatives at the Children’s Campaign, has spent the past decade teaching, studying, and working on issues in public education and public policy. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a master’s in education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education before working as a public school teacher and administrator in the greater Hartford, Connecticut area for several years. Bill also holds master’s degrees in public policy and political science and worked in several positions in the non-profit sector prior to joining the Colorado Children’s Campaign as Vice President of Early Childhood Initiatives. He is a graduate of Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs and enjoys spending time with his wife, newborn son, and golden retriever.