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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.
FAMLI, Colorado paid leave
Testimony: Support FAMLI to Give Colorado Workers Paid LeaveOlder workers take more leave than younger workers, particularly for self-care. If that leave is unpaid, which is disproportionately the case for workers with lower levels of income and education, it sets them up for economic distress just when they might be prepping for retirement.
postsecondary education
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.
Colorado work policies
Colorado Work Policies: Adapting How We WorkFrom how we pay workers to how we support them, Colorado work policies need to evolve so Coloradans can advance economically. Here our recommendations on how to do that.
unaffordable housing in Colorado
Unaffordable Housing in Colorado: Who's Affected?Out of the top 20 metropolitan areas with the highest rate of house price appreciation in the country, three are in Colorado. Renters are affected by unaffordable housing in Colorado, too, as more than half are cost burdened.
health care in Colorado
Health Care in Colorado Impacts Economic MobilityIn our Guide to Economic Mobility, we look at how health care in Colorado affects opportunity. We outline some improvements we can make regarding care, coverage, and cost, so Colorado’s health gains can been felt equally by all.
High-Risk Pools: What To KnowThis year on Groundhog Day, I’m contemplating a health policy idea that ought to go back into hiding: high-risk pools.
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.
Insurance & Middle Class Health SqueezeThe squeeze demands real policy solutions.
retirement in colorado
Report: Solutions to Retirement CrisisAmerica faces a retirement crisis, as a substantial number of working families are not saving enough to meet their needs in retirement.
Two-Generation
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. 
Testimony: Support HB16-1196 for ASPIRE Colorado Pilot ProgramBased on research, the college savings accounts that will be established through the pilot program authorized in HB16-1196 will help expand the number of Coloradans from low-to moderate-income families who enroll in and complete college.
Testimony: Support Middle Class College Savings ActIncreasing the deduction for families making less than $250,000 per year will boost their current savings and provide an incentive for modest-income families to begin saving for college.
Testimony: Support SB16-022 to Expand CCCAP Cliff Effect Pilot ProgramThe “cliff effect” occurs when a modest increase in a family’s income puts them over the income limit for child care assistance and they lose all of their benefits.
Colorado Preschool Program
Colorado Preschool Program is Effective & Should Be ExpandedHigh-quality preschool puts children on a path to success. It provides a positive start to school and is the first step on a journey that prepares students to reach their full potential.
Infographic: High Cost of Child CareColorado ranks the fifth-least affordable state for center-based child care.
Report: Measuring Opportunities for Working FamiliesThese are the key areas where we can enact change to unleash the potential of Coloradans and provide greater opportunities for Colorado's families to advance toward economic independence and security.
paid sick leave
Costs & Benefits of Paid Sick LeaveWorkers who lack paid sick leave are more likely to come to work sick, send their children to school while sick, recover more slowly from illnesses, and rely on expensive visits to emergency rooms than are workers with sick leave.
2010 Opportunity Lost ReportIn an update to our 2004 report, Opportunity Lost: When Hard Work Isn't Enough for Colorado's Families, the Bell's 2010 study finds working poor and low-income families now fare worse on many of the same indicators examined in the previous report.
Blueprint for Opportunity: Executive SummaryColoradans deserve a state government that will confront these challenges and help keep the American Dream alive for hardworking families.
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