What We Do
A Catalyst for Change
EPIC is a group of prestigious business executives partnering to invest in children. As leaders in their companies and industries, our Members are leaving a legacy of true impact and lasting change.
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Need help developing ideas or implementing new workforce supports? EPIC offers consulting services to employers and community organizations for specialized projects related to child care initiatives and project implementation.
Past projects include working with employers to implement new child care incentives during open enrollment and supporting the successful design, regulatory approval, and launch of on-site child care services for employees.
EPIC has championed and contributed to the passage of successful legislation in Colorado that led to the Child Care Contribution Tax Credit (CCTC), Funding for Full-day Kindergarten and Universal Preschool.
We are actively advocating for:
We invite policy makers, legislators, lobbyists, and advocates — those who support families and economic growth – to join our cause, advance policies and build infrastructure that supports the workforce of today while developing the workforce of tomorrow.
EPIC supported Proposition EE, which appeared on the November 2020 ballot. More than two thirds of Coloradoans voted in support of this legislation. Proposition EE will tax tobacco and vaping products to boost public health, support public K-12 schools, and provide universal preschool in Colorado. Proposition EE is a win-win-win for Colorado. List your organization in our Business Community Priorities for Early Education to further support this initiative.
FAMILY CHILD CARE HOMES AS RESIDENCES
Ensuring the workforce has access to quality, safe, and affordable child care is critical to ensuring equitable supports for children and families in addition to our economic recovery from this pandemic. We also know many workers in health care and other service industries rely on family child care homes to provide care for their children given their shift schedules and frequent need for evening, weekend, and extended hour care.
This bill aligns fragmented and burdensome regulations simply by requiring local regulatory entities to treat family childcare homes (FCCH) as residences for regulatory purposes such as zoning, fire, life safety, and building codes. Given that state licensing regulations already require FCCHs to meet comprehensive health and safety standards to ensure the wellbeing of all children in care, this change will prevent additional or conflicting regulations from being placed on FCCH providers above state licensing requirements. In doing so, the legislature can help increase the availability of quality affordable childcare within communities throughout Colorado and boost the economy by enabling working families to maintain employment.
EPIC is changing Colorado’s future for the better and driving the economy forward by tackling the challenges of affordable, high-quality child care to support our state’s workforce. Together, we can help companies support a stronger workforce today, while increasing access to quality child care and early education that will set Colorado’s workforce of tomorrow ahead of the pack.
Quality early care and education is rare and expensive. EPIC – a coalition of smart, compassionate business leaders – is working to change that. Helping my employees address the wellbeing of their children has had a positive impact on increasing productivity and lowering turnover. Putting early care and education at the top of our national priorities is not just a moral imperative, it is also a financial one.
EPIC is vital to the business community, today and into multiple future generations. There is nothing more important than giving each child born in Colorado a chance to thrive and become a future business leader within the Colorado community.
EPIC is making a significant impact to break the chain of generational poverty through early childhood intervention. Their advocacy and workplace initiatives are making a meaningful and lasting difference in the lives of so many children.
I am a very proud founding member of EPIC. Mile High United Way knows there is no more important issue to the business community than early child care and education because it drives the Colorado economy.
As longtime champions of accessible, quality early childhood education and care, PNC Bank and EPIC both understand how critical this work is not only to young people, but to the future of our community and economy.
EPIC is a unique advocacy organization that bridges the divide between the business sector and very young children. They mobilize business leaders and equip their members with resources and techniques to better support working parents.