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The Economic Scale of Student DebtThe impacts on higher education and labor markets, as well as the financial well-being of future generations reflect the scale of the student debt crisis.
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Understanding Tuition Assistance in ColoradoRising tuition costs combined with tuition assistance trends exemplify much of the problem underlying the student debt crisis.
Making Child Care More Affordable in ColoradoColorado's average cost of child care for a 4-year-old is about $11,000 per year, while infant care is closer to $15,000.
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The Predatory Lending LandscapeAs more states prohibit egregious interest rates, consumers are saving money and avoiding long-term financial pitfalls like bankruptcy. While Colorado has made significant progress, it’s imperative we don’t let our guard down in this new environment.
Understanding the Student Debt Crisis & How We Got HereIn Colorado, student loan debt has grown by 176 percent since 2007, reaching $26.4 billion. Our new brief explores the numerous factors to consider as we look for solutions.
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Healthy Aging & Promising Practices: A State Scan of Long-Term Care PoliciesTo truly see the benefits of our older population, we must address gaps preventing healthy aging. This report highlights specific state programs across the country Colorado can learn from.
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Early Childhood Policies in ColoradoSeveral early childhood bills have been introduced in recent sessions, and five early childhood bills have been introduced so far in the 2019 session.
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Student Debt Solutions: Sizing Up Colorado's ApproachLegislation introduced on the first day of session could help Colorado’s students and their families don’t borrow for higher education at their own financial peril.
Supporting Colorado Caregivers Through Respite CareRespite is a vital service for families who are taking care of a loved one at home. This brief examines how policymakers can better understand the structural needs, challenges, and opportunities of respite care.
Briefed by the bell health care
Briefed by the Bell — Health CareColorado has made major strides in increasing access to health care over the last 10 years, but consistently increasing costs put health care out of reach for families.
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The Future of Work: Implications for Colorado WomenWith more Colorado women in positions to lead state policy, there's a real chance for issues affecting whole families to be elevated in ways that address the demands soon to be compounded by the economy of tomorrow.
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Briefed by the Bell — Two-Generation SolutionsWorking with parents and children together, we can help both attain skills to set them up for success throughout their lives.
Wealth & Income Inequality Colorado Briefed by the Bell
Briefed by the Bell — Wealth & Income InequalityDid you know the top 1 percent takes in 16.6 percent of all income in Colorado? Find out what we can do to address rising inequality in Colorado.
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Briefed by the Bell — Predatory EconomyThe predatory economy is at work in Colorado. The question now is what will our policymakers do to stop it?
family security
Briefed by the Bell — Family SecurityFor many Coloradans, taking time off to meet family care needs comes with the constant fear of losing a paycheck or job.
Colorado Middle Class Families
Colorado Middle Class Families: Characteristics & Cost PressuresA new study highlights a scary truth: Achieving a middle class lifestyle is impossible for most Colorado families with actual middle-income levels. Read the full findings now.
Mapping Study: Two-Generation Ideas for Denver NeighborhoodsThe Bell identified the educational and job training needs of Denver-area families and developed a list of programs, policies, and resources available to provide these services. This mapping study focuses on identifying what currently exists, the students being served, and the major barriers and gaps in accessing the available services.
paid leave
Why Coloradans Need Paid Leave & How to Offer itA robust, universal paid leave insurance program would benefit all of us. Colorado’s changing demographics and the future of work require us to rethink what “insurance” means, and find ways to offer paid family and medical leave to everyone.
colorado health care coverage options
Testimony: Study Colorado Health Care Coverage OptionsMany Coloradans, particularly those in mountain and rural communities, are reaching a health care crisis point. We need to problem solve now.
colorado's middle class squeeze
Colorado's Middle Class Squeeze is RealColorado's middle class is in trouble. That's according to CU Denver Professors Geoff Propheter and Todd Ely, who revealed their preliminary findings from a state-specific study focusing on the middle class squeeze.
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