(April 15) – As part of her continuing effort to enable low-income families to achieve self-sufficiency, Rep. Brittany Pettersen got her bill to help parents access childcare while pursuing an education a step closer to law this morning with approval from the House on second reading.

“For parents to have a college degree helps a family to have real economic security in the future,” said Rep. Pettersen, D-Lakewood. “Access to childcare is one of the biggest barriers to parents pursuing their education, so to find ways to address that hurdle helps the children, the parents, and supports a stable economy for Colorado. This bill will look at the landscape of what’s available to support these parents.”

HB16-1050, recommended by the Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative Commission, creates a task force that will: identify and reduce barriers to obtaining child care; determine whether state, federal, and campus-based financial resources are meeting the needs of parents; create a plan for communicating child care availability and processes; and recommend legislation to further address child care for parents pursuing further education.

The bill proceeds to the House floor for third reading.

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