March 20, 2019

Denver, CO – The Colorado State Senate today voted 23-to-12 to pass HB19-1052, Early Childhood Development Special District, a bipartisan bill sponsored by Senator Jeff Bridges (D-Arapahoe County) to allow the creation of early childhood development service districts. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

“When it comes to making a difference for Colorado children, we know that our dollars go farthest when it comes to early childhood services,” said Senator Bridges. “That’s why this bill is so important – it will help every child in Colorado get the educational and developmental services they need to succeed later in life. I’m proud to see this legislation pass the Senate with bipartisan support. Making smart investments early on is how we will give Colorado’s next generation the best head start possible.”

The creation of early childhood development service districts would support children up to eight years of age with educational and developmental services as well as physical and mental healthcare. HB19-1052 would not only encourage the creation of such districts, but would also allow local communities to vote on how they would pay for early childhood development services.

HB19-1052, which has bipartisan prime sponsors in both the Senate and the House, passed the House of Representatives 50-13-1 on February 26, 2019.

For more information on this bill, please visit: http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1052.

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