Please join the Colorado Children’s Campaign and Clayton Early Learning on Tuesday, May 8 for Strolling Thunder™—a community play date, rally and march to raise awareness of issues facing expecting families, pregnant women, infants and toddlers and to encourage policymake
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Commerce Secretary adds citizenship question to 2020 Census, jeopardizing accuracy amidst other challenges
We were disappointed to learn last week that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross ignored the advice of experts and bowed to political pressure to add an untested question about citizenship to the 2020 Census. For the first time in 70 years, the Census questionnaire that goes to every household in the United States will ask respondents to answer a question about the citizenship status of each household resident.
The Joint Budget Committee (JBC) is currently considering budget items and requests across state agencies and departments as part of the annual budgeting process. Here are some highlights of budget items that impact Colorado kids:
We are excited to share a new opportunity that will help us make every baby in Colorado a priority. The Colorado Children’s Campaign and Clayton Early Learning have been selected as a state partner for ZERO TO THREE’s Think BabiesTM campaign.
Unless the Child Care Contribution Tax Credit continues and grows, the economics of child care—for both families and providers—will mean that high-quality, affordable child care will not be available to every Colorado family that needs it.
A brief released by Child Trends analyzes data from the National Survey of Children’s Health and reveals that 55 percent of Colorado children have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE), and roughly one in nine have experienced three or more ACEs, putting them in a category of especially high risk.
The Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Colorado Initiative announces a Request for Proposals for local partnerships interested in advancing the early childhood workforce.
This morning after an only hours-long government shut-down, Congress passed a long-term budget package that was signed into law by President Trump. The package keeps the government running for six weeks to allow lawmakers time to write a final federal budget for this year and provides longer term fiscal certainty through September 2019. The law includes funding for a number of programs that are critical for kids and families, including CHIP, home visiting, and child care. It also includes some concerning provisions, such as cuts to the Prevention and Public Health Fund and changes to third-party liability policy in Medicaid that could reduce access to care for pregnant women. And it is silent on a solution for the future of young people living, working, and parenting in our communities through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
New policies promote healthy eating and active living for school-age programs—thank you for speaking up!
The State Board of Human Services voted last Friday to upgrade Colorado’s policies regarding licensed school-age child care programs. Advocates, including the Colorado Children’s Campaign and other leading health organizations in the state, have been working with stakeholders and the Department of Human Services this past year to promote healthy environments in these settings.