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August 10, 2015
Your support of WomenGive makes a difference in public policy, advocacy and research efforts focused on helping women and children succeed through our partnership with the Women's Foundation of Colorado (WFCO).
During the 2014-15 fiscal year, WomenGive contributed $38,000 to WFCO's statewide efforts to help every woman and girl in Colorado achieve her full potential.
Recently, WFCO shared a year-end report detailing howthisinvestment helped achieve progress in two areas that are near and dear to WomenGive's mission: childcare access and affordability, and economic self-sufficiency for women in Colorado.
Childcare access and affordability. WomenGive funds supported the work of Colorado Children's Campaignand Grand Beginnings to address the barriers to affordable childcare in Colorado, including the following progress:
Thanks in part to the advocacy efforts of Colorado Children's Campaign (CCC) and WFCO, subsidized childcare for working families has more than doubled since 2013. The increased state funding resulted in more than 300 families in Larimer County alone that were moved off the CCCAP wait list and into the workforce due to childcare access in the 14-15 fiscal year.
Colorado Children's Campaign research and advocacy also contributed to key reforms in CCCAP to better meet the needs of working families and advance quality care for children. Implementation of reforms began in 2014, including an increase in the statewide eligibility floor from 130% to 165% of the federal poverty level, mitigation of
the Cliff Effect when families experience a slight increase in income, and limits on copayment obligations.
Grand Beginnings has been working to drive local policy to implement and maintain a CCCAP system that meets community needs, supports working mothers, and works effectively with childcare providers. By developing an in-depth understanding of the CCCAP system in Grand County, they are creating a model system that can be tailored to the unique needs of other communities, including Larimer County.
Economic self-sufficiency for women in Colorado. WomenGive funds supported the work of the lobbyists at Miles Consulting, who were heavily involved in the introduction of the Workforce Development Package in the Colorado legislature. This package included 10 bills focused on increasing the pipeline for students to move from high school or college graduation directly into jobs in certain industries have had a hard time filling, including the Innovative Industries Workforce Development Program (House Bill 15-1230). Signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper on May 26, 2015, this program supports internship opportunities in innovative industries through the State Workforce Development Council and the Division of Employment and Training. Programs like this help expose underrepresented population, including single mothers, to important training programs that will help them advance their career and attain economic self-sufficiency.
We look forward to another year of continued partnership and progress in working with WFCO to support research, advocacy and public policy on a statewide level.
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