Capitol Update: Crossing the finish line with child care tax credit, early learning in turnaround schools and school finance study

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: May 5, 2017

Each 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:

SB17-103 (Merrifield) Early Learning Strategies in Education Accountability

This bill would enable a focus on early learning and development and K-3rd grade strategies as part of the state’s approach to turning around low-performing schools. Learn more about the bill’s passage out of both chambers of the legislature and delivery to the governor’s desk here.

HB 17-1002 (Pettersen & Exum/Kefalas) Renewing the Child Care Tax Credit for Low Income Families

Many working families in our state who struggle to get by on low wages are not getting the full benefit of a common-sense tax break. Read more about this bill’s bipartisan passage out of the House and its next steps in the Senate here.

HB17-1340 (Lundeen & Garnett) Legislative Interim Committee on School Finance

The bill creates a legislative interim committee to study the current school finance structure and to make recommendations for K-12 education funding in Colorado. Read more about the bill’s passage out of the Senate Finance committee and 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