#WhatsUpWednesday with Melissa Mares from the Children’s Campaign on policies and legislation

Today we are joined by Melissa Mares form the Colorado Children's Campaign. Melissa Mares is the Director, Early Childhood at the Colorado Children’s Campaign and a co-convener of the Raise Colorado Coalition and the Growing Our Future Coalition. In this role, she leads the Children’s Campaign’s early childhood portfolio, coordinating policy and coalition development, community engagement, and advocacy for Colorado’s youngest children, their families, and their caregivers. As a co-convener of Raise Colorado, Melissa supports work to advance equitable policies, programs, and practices that help expecting families, pregnant people, infants, and toddlers thrive. Melissa also co-leads the Growing Our Future Coalition, a statewide team that has secured long-term, national funding to transform child care in Colorado, envisioning a future where we truly value caregiving in all the ways it happens in children’s lives. The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. They advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child well-being in child and family health, youth success, early childhood, and family economic prosperity.

To learn more please visit: https://www.coloradokids.org/about/
Melissa's Bio: https://www.coloradokids.org/about/st...
Colorado Children's Campaign Strategic Framework: https://www.coloradokids.org/data/pub...
High level updates about legislation: Improved access to the childcare assistance program: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb24-1223
Family affordability credit and state income tax credit for care workers: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb24-1311 and https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb24-1312
Programs for the development of child care facilities: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb24-1237
Monthly residential eviction data and report: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb24-064

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