EPIC has championed and contributed to the passage of successful legislation in Colorado that has led to the Child Care Contribution Tax Credit (CCTC), Funding for Full-day Kindergarten, Universal Preschool to name a few and continues to drive policy reform in three priority areas.
Priority #1: Advocate for policies that support children’s development and the needs of working families
Child care enables families to work, and families need access to a variety of affordable, high-quality early childhood supports and choices for their children. Colorado must strive for funding and program administration that is an aligned, user-friendly, transparent, and effective system of resources centered on serving the needs of families and young children while ensuring that children have high-quality care and early education experiences.
- A mixed delivery system of early childhood care and education services
- Universal Preschool (UPK) implementation and program design that ensures accessibility for families and viability for providers
- Early childhood programs and funding that meet the diverse needs of children and working families
- Expanding equitable access to services that meet the needs of the whole child and their families
Priority #2: Advocate for investments in child care infrastructure to support and grow the economy
Child care is a critical service for economic development and growth in Colorado, and the state must invest in the physical infrastructure necessary to support child care services. Communities and employers should be incentivized and supported to innovatively design, create, and sustain early child care and education services.
- Incentivizing employers, developers, land/building owners, government, and other community partners to invest in child care infrastructure and programs
- Implementing real estate solutions and financial resources to support the creation, retention, and expansion of child care facilities
- Addressing regulatory barriers to the creation of new child care capacity and businesses
- Incentivizing the co-location of child care with other development through technical assistance, financial resources, and regulatory alignment
Priority #3: Advocate for policies that recognize and stabilize early childhood small businesses
It is critical to elevate the voices of those providing critical early childhood services and ensure systems are designed to support and stabilize the early childhood sector through the development, design, and ongoing implementation of early childhood funds and programs. The business of early childhood is incredibly challenging in many ways, and in order to ensure a sufficient supply of early childhood services, policies that value and create financial stability for these small businesses must be prioritized.
- Creating business supports, technical assistance resources, and incentives to ensure early childhood business owners can enter and remain in the sector
- Encouraging design and investment in innovative career pathways and workforce development
- Advancing opportunities for early childhood business owners to participate in and inform policy
- Addressing regulatory and legal barriers to entry for the child care industry