The West Steps: Could a $1500 Tax Credit Make a Difference for the Caring Economy?

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: February 28, 2024

In this episode, we’re diving into an effort to create a State Income Tax Credit for Careworkers, which would credit $1,500 to early childhood educators and caregivers, direct care workers, home health aides, and other people who work in the caring economy.

Melissa Mares, Director of Early Childhood at the Colorado Children’s Campaign; Perrine Monnet, Policy Analyst at the Bell Policy Center; and Emily Sirota, Colorado State Representative join us to talk about how this tax credit would help people who are doing some of the most critical work in our society – often for very low pay.

You can contact Melissa Mares at, Perrine Monnet at, and Emily Sirota at Learn more about our work by visiting our website and social media (@coloradokidsorg).

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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