The West Steps Legislative Session Preview: Parts 1 and 2

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: January 24, 2024

The West Steps Podcast has returned as your resource for all things kids and families during the 2024 Colorado legislative session. In the first two episodes of this season, Colorado Children’s Campaign policy directors discuss what they’re anticipating and prioritizing at the capitol this year.

Part 1 of our legislative preview features Sarah Barnes, Senior Director of Policy and Director of Family Economic Prosperity, with a brief overview of the economic challenges currently facing Colorado families and policy efforts that could help. Then, Madeleine Ashour, Director of Youth Success, tells us a little about her background with youth success and what’s happening to support youth mental health and school funding.

Part 2 of our legislative preview focuses on early childhood and child and family health. Melissa Mares, Director of Early Childhood, explains why preschool and infant and toddler care are so important to child development. Then, Toni Sarge, Director of Child and Family Health, talks about trends in health coverage and how supporting maternal care makes a big impact on kids.

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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