12:00p.m. - 1:10p.m.
Colorado State Capitol
200 E. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80203
Senate Committee Room (SCR) 357
Colorado Children's Campaign
Topic: Child Care as a Two-Generation Prevention Strategy
Expanding access to quality child care represents an under-examined strategy to mitigate child abuse and neglect and, as a result, involvement with the child welfare system. Access to quality child care decreases the pressure on parents to choose between unsafe care options for children and the need to participate in the workforce. When parents don't have access to quality child care, they often must put children in unsafe situations that increase referrals to the child welfare system. Recently, the CDC Essentials for Children included child care as a priority to decrease exposure to unsafe situations. This legislative session there will be several opportunities to increase access quality child care and a discussion of the intersection with the child welfare system would help inform these policy debates.
- Bill Jaeger, Vice President, Early Childhood Initiatives, Colorado Children's Campaign
The Bell Policy Center
Topic: A Look Past the Cliff: Findings from the
Colorado Child Care Assistance Program's Cliff Effect Pilot
Stable child care is important for promoting children’s development and also for helping parents find employment or attend school, but affordable child care is financially out of reach for many low-income families. The Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) is one of a number of public work support programs that helps low-income families make ends meet, while providing a safe and stable environment for their children. The Bell Policy Center conducted a study to better understand how the Cliff Effect Program is doing at helping families improve their economic situations and provide stable child care. The outcomes and interviews of the study can help members of the Children’s Caucus better understand the program (i.e., who it serves – including families who may be eligible through child welfare) and how well it is serving Colorado’s low-income children.
- Sarah Prendergast, Research Fellow, The Bell Policy Center
- Rich Jones, Director of Policy and Research, The Bell Policy Center
- Natalie Wood, Senior Policy Analyst, The Bell Policy Center