This was a big week at the Capitol for the effort to provide tuition free full-day kindergarten for all Colorado kids! On Tuesday, the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) included $185 million for full-day kindergarten. Setting aside this funding represents and exciting prioritization for education. Click here to thank JBC members for their leadership in ensuring all Colorado students start out their education with a strong foundation.
The week wrapped up with a press conference where Governor Polis and Representatives McLachlan and Wilson and Senator Bridges announced the introduction of HB 19-1262. The legislation outlines the implementation of the funding for full-day kindergarten across Colorado. During the press conference Asia Zanders a parent of 3 from Colorado Springs, and Stand for Children Parent Advocacy Fellow shared why she supports fully funding full-day kindergarten.
Asia talked about her oldest son saying, "Machai struggled with reading and math in pre-k and kindergarten and had me worried, as a first- time parent of a kindergarten student, about how he could reach his full potential. Due to the help of his kindergarten teacher and access to full day kindergarten, Machai came home one day after kindergarten, picked up a book and started reading. Now, I kid you not, Machai is on a 5th grade reading level, doing 7th grade math and is only going to the 3rd grade. This is why it is crucial to ensure all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential and be afforded access to full day kindergarten.”
Looking ahead to next week, the Senate will be taking up the budget so we will be keeping a close eye on those conversations and we will keep you updated!