Colorado joined Think Babies as a state partner in 2018. Since that time, Raise Colorado, convened by Colorado Children’s Campaign and Clayton Early Learning, has helped make better policies and investments a reality for Colorado babies and families including:
- Improved infant and maternal health policies, including strengthening the maternal mortality review board, extending and improving the state’s direct entry for midwives program, establishing protections for pregnant people in the prenatal period, making improvements to requirements for maternal health providers, and expansion of postpartum Medicaid coverage to 12 months.
- Policies and investments that support expanded access to affordable, high-quality infant-toddler child care including reducing barriers for family child care providers, expanding IECMH consultation, investments in the child care workforce and facilities, and creation of a new Department of Early Childhood that will streamline services for families.
- Creation of a new state paid family medical leave program that is among the most robust in the nation, providing between 12-16 weeks of leave.