Public Policy & Advocacy

We are a strong voice & passionate advocate for women & girls

Public Policy is a direct route for WFCO to drive systemic change.

Working with our partners, The Women’s Foundation of Colorado uses our strategic research, collective voice, and statewide network to affect policy and create systemic change for women & girls. We engage annually in public policy by monitoring legislation, sharing research, meeting with legislators and policy partners, and taking positions on bills that have a direct effect on women and girls being able to achieve economic self-sufficiency.

In support of our mission and current strategic plan, The Women’s Foundation of Colorado applies a gender lens to the following Public Policy Priorities:

  • Address root causes of poverty and promote economic self-sufficiency
  • Advance opportunities to achieve a livable wage and pay equity
  • Expand access to work supports, training, and education
  • Improve Colorado's tax and budget policies to allow for sufficient resources to be dedicated to WFCO priorities
  • Promote and protect issues and rights aligned with the core values of The Women's Foundation of Colorado

Legislation Supported by WFCO

House Bill 17-1002 – Child Care Expenses Income Tax Credit Extension
For the three income tax years prior to January 1, 2017, a residential individual who has a federal adjusted gross income of $25,000 or less may claim a refundable state income tax credit for child care expenses. The tax credit is equal to 25% of eligible child care expenses that the individual incurred during the taxable year, up to a maximum amount of $500 for a single dependent or $1,000 for two or more dependents. The bill extends the tax credit for three more income tax years.
Status: This bill will be heard in the House Finance committee on 2/27/17.

House Bill 17-1001 Parental Involvement in K-12 Education Act
Research has consistently shown that increased parental involvement in the education and schooling of their children correlates with greater academic achievement. HB 17-1001 allows employees of Colorado businesses to take up to 18 hours of leave per academic year to attend their children’s parent-teacher conferences; special education services; response to interventions for dropout prevention, attendance, truancy, or other disciplinary issues.
Status: This bill passed the House on 2/10/2017 and is waiting to be heard in the Senate.

House Bill 17-1021 – Wage Theft Transparency Act
Current law requires employers to release requested information to the division of labor standards and statistics in the department of labor and employment and allows the division to have access to employers' premises and all books, records, and payrolls of employers. Current law also prohibits the release of any of this information obtained by the division if the release of the information might reveal a trade secret. The bill clarifies that information obtained by the division that relates to a finding by the division of a violation of wage laws is not confidential and shall be released to the public or for use in a court proceeding, unless the director of the division makes a determination that the information includes specific information that is a trade secret.
Status: This bill will be heard on 2/27/17 in the House Judiciary committee.

House Bill 17-1135 – Portability Background Checks Child Care Workers
The bill creates a new provision that allows a child care worker who is employed in a licensed facility that is wholly owned, operated, and controlled by a common ownership group or school district to use a single completed fingerprint-based criminal history record check and a check of the records and reports of child abuse or neglect maintained by the department of human services to satisfy the requirements of the necessary background checks if the employee also works for or transfers to another licensed facility that is owned, operated, or controlled by the same common ownership group or school district, provided all other requirements for employment are met.
Status: On 2/14/17 this bill passed the House Public Health Care & Human Services committee.

House Bill 17-1184 – Modern Technology Education in Public School: Computer Science & Technology Training for Students & Teachers
Under current law, the state board of education must, by July 1, 2018, review and revise, as necessary, the state academic standards. The bill directs the state board, in the course of revising the academic standards, to incorporate into the standards for each subject skills relating to the use of information and communications technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information.
Status: This bill has been introduced in the House and assigned to the Education committee.

Senate Bill 17-118 – Information on Private Occupational Schools
The bill expands the information that private occupational schools (schools) must provide to prospective students before the student enrolls in a program. The additional information that must be provided is set forth in the bill and includes, in part, program completion rates, post-graduation employment rates, average and median student loan debt, loan repayment rates, and legal barriers to entry into an occupation for which the school provides a training program.
Status: This bill died in the Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs on 2/13/17.

Check back frequently for updates on legislation WFCO supports or opposes.

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Thank you members of the General Assembly for your commitment to Colorado and our public policy partners for their tremendous work to improve economic opportunities for Colorado’s women and girls, especially grant partners:

9to5 Colorado

The Bell Policy Center

Colorado Center on Law and Policy

Colorado Children’s Campaign

Colorado Fiscal Institute

Colorado Succeeds

We also thank our lobbying partners Frontline Public Affairs, and the Chambers Fund and WomenGive for generously supporting The Women’s Foundation of Colorado policy and advocacy efforts.

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WFCO invites you to join us in leading systemic change on behalf of women and girls. Through a unified voice we can influence positive community outcomes. Here's how you can help women:

  • Reach out to legislators directly about policies that you support or oppose.

  • Share your ideas with us. If you see a challenge in your community that could be improved by a policy change, email us at


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