Ideas That Work

Ideas that Work

Ideas that Work

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Actionable Agenda for the Future of Work & LearningWhen implemented, these changes can lead to better outcomes for Coloradans who have been historically disadvantaged, while also helping build a workforce that is better prepared, more resilient, and more responsive to future needs.
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Creating Stackable Credential ProgramsThis study outlines steps taken in the financial services stackable credentials program, but the lessons learned are transferable across a number of industries. The work here helps Colorado build a more equitable workforce and future.
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Caregiving in Colorado: 2020 & BeyondProactive and intentional public policy that recognizes the value and worth of caregiving for older adults will be necessary to create a stronger, healthier, and more secure future for families throughout the state.
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Federal Funds Are Important: Why Colorado Needs Support Now More Than EverNo state can prepare for an extraordinary event such as this, and that is where the federal government needs to step forward and support states, including Colorado.
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Colorado Recovery HubThe Bell's Recovery Hub is a central location for credible information, ideas, analysis, and resources relevant to the immediate and future responses Colorado can undertake to respond to our changing environment.
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Actionable Aging Policy AgendaColorado must act now to create the age-friendly policies our state needs. These recommendations offer a meaningful, community-informed path forward.
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Progressive Income Tax: How It WorksAs conversations about taxing upper-income individuals heat up across the country, many people are surprised to learn a progressive income tax system isn’t even an option in Colorado.
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Respite Coverage & Private InsuranceThis brief explores innovative solutions that can increase access to respite and help foster a healthier, more supportive, and robust Colorado.
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Universal Portable Benefits State ScanColorado has already taken some action to develop its own unique universal portable benefits system, but we can, and must, do more. Learning from other states can help.
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Career Ladders for Long-Term Care WorkersLong-term care workers are often underpaid, under trained, and lacking important benefits and career advancement opportunities.
Caring for Our Caring Workforce: A Stronger Direct Service WorkforceThere’s increasing acknowledgement we must do more to support our direct care workers. We explore several promising ways to do this.
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Colorado's Emerging Postsecondary & Workforce EcosystemThe first phase of the Bell's Future of Work & Learning Project is a landscape assessment, outlining major stakeholders and legislation that has shaped the ecosystem.
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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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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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.
What Are Vendor Fees?Due to a high percentage and no cap, businesses in Colorado keep more money from vendor fees than all but a few other states. What does this mean for you?
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Colorado Paid Leave: Learning From Massachusetts & WashingtonDespite proposed bills, a Colorado paid leave plan has been stymied by the state Senate, while six states and D.C. already have laws on the books.
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.
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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 WomenColorado's economy depends on working women, yet Colorado women cannot depend on our current workplace policies, regulations, politics, and societal norms.
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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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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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