(May 19) – A bipartisan bill By Rep. Daniel Kagan, D-Cherry Hills Village, and Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso, R-Loveland, to help teen moms and domestic violence survivors continue their education by removing a barrier to child care was signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper today.
“This bill is removing barriers for teen moms and victims of domestic abuse who want to pursue an education,” said Rep. Kagan. “This bill allows a mom to get her diploma, be a better mom, and provide a better future for her and her child. She shouldn’t have to jump through hoops before she can access child care.”
In some counties in Colorado, a teen mom or victim of domestic violence must sue the biological father for child support before she can apply for child care assistance. This requirement is burdensome, ineffective and can be counterproductive. HB16-1227 removes that requirement and ensures that young children have access to early learning and that teen parents and domestic abuse victims can complete their high school education.
The bill was signed at Florence Crittenton High School in Denver, a school that provides education, career guidance, child care and parenting training for pregnant and parenting teens. Many students of the school testified in support of the bill.