Capitol Update: Access to School Counselors, State Budget, Early Childhood Leadership Commission and More

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 31, 2017

capitol331Each week of the 2017 session of the Colorado General Assembly we’ll bring you the latest news and analysis of legislation impacting the early development, health and education of Colorado kids. Click here to read about all of the legislation we’re tracking. Here are some highlights from this week:

SB17-068 (Todd/Singer) Early Support for Student Success through Access to School Counselors

This bill expands access to the Behavioral Health Care Professional Matching Grant Program and the School Counselor Corps Grant Program for elementary schools. Bill Jaeger, our VP of Early Childhood Initiatives, testified in support of the bill. Read more about the bill’s bipartisan passage out of the House and its next steps here.

Long Bill

The Colorado Senate passed a $28 billion state budget with bipartisan support after several days of long debate. Read more about ways the budget impacts Colorado kids here.

HB 17-1106 (Wilson & Pettersen) Extend the Early Childhood Leadership Commission

The Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC), our state advisory body for all things early childhood, is scheduled to sunset in 2018. This bill would allow the ECLC to continue its work until 2023. Read more about the bill and it’s next steps here.

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit www.coloradokids.org.