Letter to the editor: Bill would help families

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Bill would help families

I am an early learning education specialist with more than 30 years of experience. I am also a Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) volunteer. In these roles, I witness the importance of early childhood education and care. I also see how many families in our state cannot find quality, affordable child care for their babies and children.

This is why I testified recently before the Colorado General Assembly’s House Education Committee in favor of Supports for Early Childhood Educator Workforce bill (HB20-1053). This bill sets out to help bring more early education professionals into early learning settings. It makes becoming a qualified, credentialed early education professional possible for more people interested in this field.

Currently, 51% of Coloradans live in a child care desert. They cannot find quality care for their children. This is not good for parents who must work, or for children who can benefit from structured child care and early education.

Testifying before the House Education Committee was a positive experience for me. I was able to interact with state legislators, Republicans and Democrats alike, who are making an effort to develop and support legislation that helps families and children in Colorado.

HB20-1053 is an important step toward developing child care options that work for families, and help children get the right start in life. I hope to see the full General Assembly vote to advance the Support for Early Childhood Educator Workforce bill this legislative session.

Susan Hill

Centennial

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