Capitol Update: New bills focus on rural teachers, child care quality, and preschool access for kids with the most barriers

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: January 26, 2018

Lunch and Learn at the Capitol 2018This week we hosted a breakfast briefing with legislators and staff exploring 10 trends in child well-being in 2018. The data walk will be on display in the Rotunda of the Colorado State Capitol through Jan. 30, so please stop by and learn the latest trends in child well-being. Thank you to all the legislators, aides and Capitol staff who stopped by this week.

Each week during sessions of the Colorado General Assembly, we bring you the latest news and analysis of legislation impacting the early development, health, and education of Colorado kids. Three highlights of action this week are below, and see our website for more analysis, testimony, fact sheets, vote totals, and other information to help you stay informed.

SB18-085 (Todd/McLachlan) Financial Incentives for Education in Rural Areas

The bill increases the number of stipends available to rural teachers who desire to be nationally board certified. Read more about the bill’s next steps here.

SB18-099 (Merrifield & Priola/Pettersen & Wilson) Align Early Childhood Quality Improvement Programs

This bill aligns child care quality improvement initiatives so that these initiatives are more efficient and follow best practices. Read more about the bill and why the Children’s Campaign strongly supports it here.

HB18-1134 Positions (Pettersen & Wilson/Merrifield & Martinez Humenik) Use of Colorado Preschool Program Positions

This bill requires that children who receive funding through the ECARE program so that they can access a full-day of kindergarten must meet the CPP eligibility requirements, which is current policy for children who receive ECARE funding to support access to preschool. Read more about the bill and why the Children’s Campaign strongly supports 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