At the conclusion of the Colorado General Assembly’s 120-day 2014 Legislative Session on May 7th, early childhood advocates had a lot to celebrate. Beginning with opening day speeches by both the Speaker of the House, Mark Ferrandino, and the Senate President, Morgan Carroll, children’s issues and child care in particular were major areas of focus throughout the session.
Overall early childhood policies in Florida saw some modest successes though a few priorities were not achieved. Early learning funding increased slightly in Florida this year, though the percentage increase to the early learning budget was below the increases realized by the K-12 and higher education budgets.
Early care and education advocates in Kansas are celebrating a budget victory this year in what has become a tough climate for public investments of any kind. The cause for celebration is the surprising veto of a provision to sweep $5 million from early childhood programs.