Wednesday, March 2, 2011

HB 1027 - Childcare options for Colorado military families

Tuesday, the Senate State, Veteran and Military Affairs Committee passed a bill to support Colorado military families. House Bill 1027, sponsored by Senator Linda Newell, that will increase the number of childcare options available to military families who often struggle to access affordable childcare facilities. Senator Newell’s bill will start a pilot program and authorize off-base/off-post childcare. The bill passed the committee unanimously.

Senator Newell offered the following comment on the passage of her bill:

“This bill solves a real problem. Many military families struggle to find childcare in their communities. Service members and their spouses shoulder an enormous burden as they defend our nation, and they deserve our support.”

There are over 50,000 active duty service and guard members currently living in Colorado and approximately 31,000 dependent children.

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