Building a Strong Early Childhood System
Pieces of Colorado’s early childhood system are scattered in several state departments. This limits communication between programs and complicates families’ interactions with services and supports. We can better meet the needs of families by building a strong early childhood system in Colorado that aligns programs, allows for the blending of multiple financing streams, promotes the sharing and tracking of data, and establishes common performance outcomes.
Recent Policy Successes
House Bill 19-1005 established a new tax credit, tied to credential level, for early childhood educators working at qualified home and center-based programs.
House Bill 19-1052 allows local communities to collaborate to establish special districts to provide early childhood education, health and family support services.
Senate Bill 19-063 requires state leaders to develop a plan to address declining availability of infant care and family child care homes in Colorado.
House Bill 18-1335: County Child Care Assistance Program Block Grants changes including expanded eligibility, addressing continuity of care, and provider rates.
House Bill 18-1004: Reauthorization of the Child Care Contribution Tax Credit until January 1, 2025.
House Bill 18-1208: Expansion of the child care expenses tax credit to allow eligible families to claim a larger portion of expenses for the credit.