Colorado scored real wins for our youngest in 2020–but more challenges persist in early childhood access and affordability, new report finds
The Alliance for Early Success, in its 50-state progress report, documents state policy wins for our country’s youngest learners, including successes we advanced this year in early childhood policy and funding. The Children’s Campaign and Clayton Early Learning are proud to partner with the Alliance for Early Success to advance outcomes for young children. One of the highlights was the success of Proposition EE that the Children’s Campaign and a diversity of advocates advanced in the 2020 ballot. Coloradans voted for a tax increase that will pave the way for universal preschool in the state. The ballot measure increases the tax on tobacco and institutes a new tax on nicotine vaping products that will generate roughly $250 million annually once fully implemented.
Despite major wins in early childhood policy in 2020, significant challenges still remain. As our state continues to grapple with the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic and vaccine roll out, child care continues to be among the hardest-hit and least supported industries. Prior to the pandemic, parents struggled to find and afford child care that met their needs. Child care providers have equally struggled to balance the cost of providing quality, developmentally appropriate care with the limited resources available to them. We must continue to invest in high quality and affordable child care and meet the moment as elected officials start the new legislative session.