• March 15, 2024

    Proposed Colorado Legislation Will Provide Early Childcare Money For Illegal Immigrants As Well As Colorado Residents

    March 15, 2024
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    The immigration crisis at the southern border of the United States is in
    the news almost every day. Estimates are that somewhere between 5 and
    11 million people have entered the country without permission or
    invitation, many at the behest of drug cartels and human traffickers. Once
    here a large number of these illegal aliens (aka: “migrants”, “newcomers”,
    “undocumented workers”, people “here without authorization”, etc.) get
    jobs and so contribute to the American economy.

    Those that have come over the past three years recognize that the cost
    of living in Colorado has risen sharply, with everything from electricity to
    eggs priced higher than it was prior to the election of Joe Biden. As a
    result, all over the state people must work longer hours and extra jobs in
    order to maintain a given standard of living. For many individuals and
    families with children, the need to work more is urgent.

    Yet many individuals and families face a profound limitation when it
    comes to work: the availability and affordability of childcare. Several
    factors contribute to the demand for such care, including the number of
    single-parent families, the perceived need for both parents to work in
    traditional families, and the lack of larger family structures needed for
    support. As to cost, the average monthly cost for full-time, full-day care in
    Denver is $1,575 per month per child.1 For many people, the financial
    burden is onerous.

    But Colorado’s House Democrats say that relief is on the way in the
    form of HB24-1223 (‘Improved access to the child care assistance
    program’). As introduced the bill will spend an additional $150 million
    dollars over the next two years (and more thereafter) to expand state
    assistance to those needing and financially eligible for early childcare. It
    removes the requirement that counties verify eligibility before providing
    services and permits parents and guardians to self-attest eligibility. The
    bill does not cap prices for care, but it does cap the amount that
    beneficiaries are required to pay at 7% of costs. Benefits are means-tested
    so that, for example, a household of four persons in Denver could receive
    benefits if its income is less than $70,500 per year; in Boulder the number
    would be $81,000; in Colorado Springs it would be $60,000.
    The good news for those here illegally is that like many of their fellow
    Colorado residents, they too will be eligible for taxpayer assistance for
    childcare. The bill passed its initial committee hearing and is headed to the
    House floor for Second Reading.
    1 See: https://mybrightwheel.com/search/l/guides/2022-denver-co-daycare-and-preschool-costs

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