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D9227A9E5EFE11818725831A0053F0ED Hearing Summary


Date Oct 2, 2018      
Location SCR 352

Prenatal, Infant, and Toddler Coalition - Committee Discussion Only

09:16:54 AM  
Jacy Montoya Price, Advocacy Manager, Colorado
Children's Campaign, and Christina Walker, Policy and Advocacy Manager,
Clayton Early Learning, came to the table to begin their presentation.
 They distributed a copy of their presentation to the commmission
members [Attachment A].  Ms. Montoya Price spoke about the Prenatal,
Infant, and Toddler Coalition (coalition), which she explained is made
up of a diverse group of stakeholders from across Colorado.  She talked
about the coalition's steering committee members, and stated that the coallition
is focused on: increasing the quality of and access to infant and toddler
care, home visiting programs, and medical and mental health screeing and
referrals, as well as creating paid family leave policies, improving infant
and maternal mental health, and nutrition and obesity prevention.

09:21:49 AM  
Ms. Montoya Price discussed the importance
of partnering with other organizations and entities that work across different
issue areas.  She said that the coalition has working groups that
are looking at engagement and partnerships, increasing access to quality
infant and toddler care, and power mapping and research.  She discussed
issues that are especially impacting Colorado families, such as maternal
and infant mortality, local zoning and child care licensing, access to
transportation, support for new parents, safe sleep, healthy homes and
affordable housing, families impacted by substance use, and family economic
security.  Ms. Walker spoke about the 8th Annual Speak Up for Kids
Day at the Capitol.  She told the commission that the coalition's
focus during its first year has been on early learning and health, and
it hopes to engage more with the commission as it continues to grow and
set its policy agenda.
09:28:26 AM  
The presenters answered questions from
the commission.

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