Increasing Access to Quality Child Care

(June 1) – A bill by Rep. Janet Buckner, D-Aurora, to align state statute with federal law and thereby increase access to child care was signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper this morning.

“This law provides protection for children and working parents by ensuring eligibility for a full year,” said Rep. Buckner. “Small changes in income should not suddenly disrupt early childhood education or a parent’s ability to work. This common-sense change will help parents, children, and child care centers in Colorado.”

SB16-212 modifies statute so that a child receiving Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) supports will be eligible for an entire year, as long as the family income remains below 85 percent of the state median income. A sudden ruling of ineligibility harms the child, parent, and child care center. The child loses out on early learning, the parent can lose their job if they miss work due to lack of child care, and child care centers face decreased funding.

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