Capitol Update: Child care and lunch access among first bills introduced

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: January 19, 2018

Colorado State Capitol during winter

Each week we bring you the most current analysis of the legislation affecting Colorado kids and families as the Colorado General Assembly is in session. Here are a few highlights from this week. Looking for more? See our online Capitol Updates center for analysis, testimony, fact sheets, vote totals, and other information to help you stay informed.

HB18-1004 (Coleman & Wilson/Tate & Kefalas) Renewing the Child Care Contribution Credit

This bill would continue a credit that allows individuals and companies to make contributions to promote child care in Colorado and claim a credit on their state taxes for a portion of their contribution. Read more about the bill and why the Children’s Campaign strongly supports it here.


SB18-013 (Fields & Gardner/Michaelson Jenet) Improving Access to Affordable School Lunch

This bill would expand access to school lunches for students in sixth through eighth grade by extending state coverage of the lunch copay amount for students identified as eligible to receive reduced-price lunch. Read more about the bill and why the Children’s Campaign strongly supports it here.

SB18-008 Reward Access to Arts Education in Public Schools (Merrifield)

The bill attempts to expand access to arts education by awarding bonus points through the state’s accreditation process. While we support arts education in schools, we believe the bill’s provisions would have unintended consequences for equity across districts. Read more about the bill and why the Children’s Campaign opposes it 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