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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.
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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.
A Look Past the Cliff: Understanding Colorado's Cliff Effect Pilot ProgramTo better understand how the Colorado Cliff Effect Pilot Program helps families achieve economic mobility, the Bell Policy Center conducted a study examining advantages and areas for improvement.
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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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Mayor Hancock Launches Consumer Financial Protection Initiative to Fight Predatory EconomyDenver Mayor Michael Hancock announced the Denver Office of Financial Empowerment will launch the city's first Consumer Financial Protection Initiative to protect Coloradans from the predatory economy.
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We Need to Talk About Retirement in ColoradoWhether you're just starting out or getting closer to the end of your career, saving for retirement must be a priority for all Coloradans.
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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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.
Two-Generation Strategies Stand Out in Governor's State of the StateGovernor Hickenlooper said, “We lifted families out of poverty with a focus on two-generation solutions," emphasizing the impact of two-generation strategies on economic mobility.
Unlike Anything ElseDahlia Campus gives one Denver community the two-generation approach it needs to promote mental and physical health for its residents.
Trusted Nurse Advice Drives Healthy DecisionsOne of the little-known programs within Colorado’s Medicaid program is the Nurse Advice Line, a free service to Medicaid members provided by a team of nurses at Denver Health.
Meals on Wheels Delivers a Little Warmth & Big ResultsMeals on Wheels has proven its worth for decades, saving taxpayers millions a year in nursing home costs by helping older Americans stay at home as they age.
Small Loans Fuel Big Dreams“Some people don’t want to give you an opportunity. You have to build your own bridges.”
A Bridge to OpportunityA first-generation American, who lived as a child in Denver’s Westwood public housing projects, Randy Ho could have taken two very different roads.
Examples of Ideas That WorkIdeas that Work allows us to tell the stories of Coloradans who come together to tackle problems that can’t be solved by individuals alone.
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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. 
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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