Happenings

Missing an opportunity, Democrats go hard left on child care assistance

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

(American Enterprise Institute) - Last week, Democrats introduced legislation outlining significant reforms to the country’s main child care assistance program for low-income families — the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program. “The Child Care for Working Families Act” aims to provide “A comprehensive early learning and child care bill to ensure affordable, high-quality child care for working families across the country.” 

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Congressman Jared Polis visits CSU’s Early Childhood Center

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Colorado representative Jared Polis visited Colorado State University’s Early Childhood Center Monday afternoon to gain a better understanding of pre-schools as part of his initiatives to provide more access to education. Read More Here...

 

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The big difference in how Ivanka Trump and the Democrats are tackling child care

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

For families across the country, child care is now an expense that rivals rent or mortgage payments. Democrats want to make it an entitlement, similar to social security or Medicare which, they hope, would make the service affordable for every struggling familySen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.) unveiled an ambitious proposal last week for taxpayers to cover most of the day-care bill.

Under the plan — backed by 27 Senate Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — the federal government would subsidize state day-care programs for children up to 13 years old and wages for child-care workers, whose average earnings hover just above the national minimum wage. Read More Here From The Washington Post...

 

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Denver says businesses quick to adopt gender-neutral rule for bathroom signage

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

We’ve all experienced the plight — you sprint to the restroom as your bladder is on the verge of imploding only to find the single-occupant bathroom relative to your gender occupied — while the other is empty. What to do? Well, a Denver rule is set to take effect next spring which mandates non-gendered signage for single-stall and family bathrooms, and many businesses have already embraced the rule, the city says. 

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Early childhood teachers in Colorado face low pay, high turnover

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Colorado is plagued by teacher shortages in early childhood education as well as high turnover rates, leaving many children paying the price, according to a new University of Denver report. The report, “Bearing the Cost of Early Care and Education in Colorado” by the Butler Institute for Families at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work and Brodsky Research and Consulting, found that more than100,000 children age 4 or younger are served by licensed child care providers in Colorado. The industry employs more than 22,000 people and contributes $2.25 to the state’s economy for every dollar spent. Read More Here In The Denver Post...  

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Less plastic, more trees: New effort seeks to reinvent preschool playgrounds and capture kids’ imaginations

Monday, September 18, 2017

Michelle Dalbotten, the energetic director of a Northglenn child care center called Step by Step, doesn’t like her playground. Sure, it’s spacious, with a high privacy fence bordering an adjacent strip mall parking lot. It’s also got a brightly colored play structure surrounded by lots of spongy rubber mulch. But Dalbotten and her staff have long noticed that the kids get bored there. They clump together in the small shady area or on a few popular pieces of equipment. Sometimes, they start throwing trucks off the play structure or shoving their friends down the slide.  

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House adopts Rep. Sewell's child care center amendment

Friday, September 15, 2017

(WSFA) - The House of Representatives adopted an amendment by Rep. Terri A. Sewell, D-AL, Tuesday, prohibiting federal grant funding from going to child care centers with a record of injury or death due to health or safety violations. Read more here...

 

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High Quality Early Learning and Care Drives Lifelong Success

Friday, September 15, 2017

(US SENATE) - Joint Economic Committee Democrats in a new report are calling for universally accessible, high-quality pre-K and programs that cover the entirety of parents' working hours. Read New Report Here...  

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Democrats introduce early childcare bill

Friday, September 15, 2017

(Washington Examiner) - Democratic lawmakers introduced child care legislation Thursday that would provide federal subsidies to low-income families, a proposal that will compete with the Trump White House's efforts to enact similar policies. Dubbed the "Child Care for Working Families Act," the Democrats' proposal would provide federal subsidies to families making less than 150 percent of their states' median income. Read more here..  

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Special session in the works to fix error in hospital provider fee bill

Thursday, September 14, 2017

State lawmakers could return to the Capitol next month to fix a drafting error in one of the last session’s most important accomplishments, Senate Bill 267, the significant compromise that raised money for rural Colorado hospitals and schools, as well as transportation, by tinkering with the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. The governor’s office confirmed it is considering a special session, after several legislators tipped off Colorado Politics about phone calls they had received asking about their schedules for October. Read More Here...

 

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