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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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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.
Is Middle Class Entry Possible Without a College Degree?Construction and extraction jobs are commonly mentioned as alternatives to the professional and managerial jobs that commonly require (increasingly costly) degrees.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Testimony: Support Regulating Student Loan ServicersAs a member of the Financial Equity Coalition, the Bell supports HB18-1415 because it offers greater oversight of student loan servicers in Colorado, which will aid in preventing predatory practices and improving the economic mobility for the 56 percent of Coloradans with student debt. 
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The Bell Calls on Colorado Legislature to Invest in Child Care, Early Childhood EducationMoney spent on children under age 4 have an enormous return on investment, including less reliance on social services later in life and an economic boost by allowing parents the time and ability to work.
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Colorado Can Stop Student Loan PredatorsOutstanding student loan debt now totals $24.75 billion across the state, outpacing all other debt outside of mortgages. Adding insult to injury, federal student loan servicers often operate deceptively to collect on these debts.
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Stop Digging: Colorado Needs Strong Public InvestmentsWe need serious proposals that will ensure economic growth for every Coloradan, not bumper-sticker bills designed to make out-of-state funders happy. Our message to legislators is ‘put down the shovel.’
2018 Legislative Watch List: Colorado Two-Generation PoliciesAs we seek to make economic mobility for every Coloradan a reality, two-generation policies will be crucial to that mission. Here, we identify the bills being considered during the 2018 legislative session that focus on both children and parents.
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Automation in Colorado: Preparing for the Future of WorkAutomation could affect a total of 1.1 million Coloradans, or 41 percent of the total workforce, as they work in occupations judged as high risk of being automated.
Guide to Economic Mobility in ColoradoWe can raise the economic floor, build a diverse and thriving middle class, and embrace innovation in Colorado, but we need facts and ideas to change our trajectory. This guide provides just that.
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Early Childhood & Postsecondary Education Advance Economic MobilityFrom costs to accessibility, we offer analysis and recommendations for how to make early childhood and postsecondary education work better for Colorado families.
Will Self-Driving Cars Kill Colorado Jobs?As more automated vehicles hit the road, what does this mean for those who drive for a living? 
Testimony: Support SB17-118 Greater Transparency on Private Occupational SchoolsThe bottom line is this: Coloradans need postsecondary training and credentials to enter or stay in the middle class.
2017 Opportunity HandbookIn an effort to inform effort to expand opportunity in Colorado, we have compiled a report focusing on some of the important levers to economic mobility.
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Bound to Succeed: Two-Generation Approaches to Education in ColoradoOur research report discusses an important emerging strategy that helps low- to moderate-income families move out of poverty, known as a two-generation approach. 
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