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Colorado's 2014 Legislative Session Ends with Wins for Young Children and Families

Nov 9, 2015

Learn about the bills the Colorado legislature passed to reform the states child care subsidy program in May 2014.

The Colorado legislature passed three bipartisan bills to reform the states child care subsidy program in May 2014. The bills aimed to increase the affordability of child care, ease burdens for working parents, and cut red tape for small business child care providers. Specific changes to the program included: reducing co-payment requirements for the most impoverished families, increasing access to care by allowing contracting for subsidy slots, expanding eligibility during 60-day job searches and to those participating in postsecondary education and workforce training, increasing provider reimbursement rates, instituting tiered reimbursement for providers statewide, and restructuring income eligibility so that working families can afford child care despite minor increases in wages, thus easing the cliff effect that discourages families from earning a higher salary. Legislation was also passed to extend the states reimbursable child care expenses tax credit to families making less than $25,000 and increase funds for quality improvement grants for child care providers.

In 2015 the Colorado Legislature increased investment in the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) to continue implementation of reforms passed in 2014 and an additional $1.3 million for a 1.7 percent CCCAP provider rate increase.

To learn more on the Colorado Childrens Campaign, click here.

To learn more about other 2015 legislative progress for kids click here.

To learn more about other 2014 legislative progress for kids click here.

Updated November 2015

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