Governor Hickenlooper recently signed a House Bill that makes childcare assistance more accessible for teen parents while they finish school.
Why is this a victory? Prior to the policy change, teen parents were required to take the other biological parent to court for child support before they could access the Colorado Childcare Assistance Program. This was a difficult requirement for young parents who often lack the funds, knowledge and skills necessary for compliance.
“Over 50 percent of teen moms drop out of high school, and the biggest obstacle they face is accessing childcare,” says Lisa Steven, founder and executive director of Hope House of Colorado. “This bill will support young parents who are working toward finishing school, which is a vital step in breaking the cycle of poverty.”
With overwhelming bipartisan support, this bill marks a victory for teen moms and survivors of domestic abuse. For more details, check out CBS Denver and Colorado Public Radio.