In 2016, 9 percent of all babies born in Colorado weighed less than 5.5 pounds, meeting the definition of low-weight births. Infants born at a low birthweight face an increased risk of infection, developmental delay and short- and long-term disabilities.
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The Colorado General Assembly wrapped up its 120-day regular session this week with several big wins for kids passing in the final days. We’ll have a complete summary of wins for Colorado kids and families next week, but in the meantime, we have a few updates below on last-minute action on a few of the major bills benefiting kids. As always, you can search through all the legislation affecting kids and families that we tracked this session in the Capitol Updates section of our website.
Advocates for pregnant women, babies and toddlers came to the State Capitol this week for Colorado’s first Strolling ThunderTM event. The rally, march and baby playdate were held simultaneously with the national event coordinated by ZERO TO THREE as part of the national Think Babies campaign.
Last week, the Colorado State Board of Human Services approved several changes to Colorado’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (or SNAP) to make the program more efficient and effective. One of these changes was increasing the gross income eligibility threshold for food assistance from 130 percent of the federal poverty level to 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
Earlier this week, President Trump proposed $15 billion in spending cuts, with roughly half of that coming from CHIP and another million coming from Affordable Care Act programs. If all of these spending cuts are approved by Congress, the cuts will still represent less than one percent of the $1.8 trillion deficit increase projected due to the 2017 Tax Act.
Just this week the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) approved Colorado’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan. Colorado was one of the first states in the nation to submit its state plan just over a year ago.
This session saw some of the most significant investments in the policy action and investments in the financing of early childhood learning and development than we’ve seen in years. Every single win had bipartisan sponsorship, as well as bipartisan votes of support in each chamber, which is a testam