Capitol Week in Review: Special Session

Legislation | 12/06/2020

Krista Spurgin
Executive Director

This week we are sharing key updates around legislative activity during the special session at the Capitol.

Legislative Update

Last week, Colorado legislators met for a three-day special session to delegate funds to alleviate some pain caused by the pandemic. Colorado kids and families saw a huge win as the lawmakers approved more than $65 million for aid to childcare providers and expanded broadband access for students in remote learning.

HB20B-1002 Emergency Relief Programs For Child Care Sector, sponsored by Representatives Cathy Kipp and Lois Landgraf and Senators Brittany Pettersen and Jerry Sonnenberg, will provide $45 million to support both existing childcare providers struggling during the pandemic as well as new childcare providers in order to provide more options for working parents and families.

HB20B-1001 Grants To Improve Internet Access In P-12 Education, sponsored by Representatives Mary Young and Matt Soper and Senators Kerry Donovan and Don Coram, will provide $20 million to support remote learners with expanded internet access.

Our Take

We are grateful for Colorado lawmakers’ commitment to prioritizing students and families in coronavirus relief. Stand supported both HB20B-1001 and HB20B-1002 during the special session. We are thrilled that policy makers provided critically needed funding for expanded broadband access for Colorado students. We have heard from parents struggling with balancing work, often essential, and remote learning. The legislature’s commitment to supporting and expanding childcare options through HB20B-1002 will have huge impact on kids and families.

We look forward to continue partnering with the Governor’s office, legislators, and districts, and schools as we identify ways to support kids and families through the pandemic.

For More Information

“If we close, you can’t go to work”: Colorado child care centers poised for a big infusion of state money

Colorado special session: Lawmakers approve millions to support child care providers and remote learners

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