This was a big week for the effort to provide tuition free full-day kindergarten for all Colorado kids! On Tuesday, the Joint Budget Committee included $185 million for full-day kindergarten. Today, Governor Polis and Representatives McLachlan and Wilson and Senator Bridges announced the introduction of a bill at a press conference at Greenlee Elementary School. The legislation outlines the implementation of the funding for full-day kindergarten across Colorado.
Asia Zanders, parent of 3 children in Colorado Springs and Stand for Children Parent Advocacy Fellow spoke during the press conference about the impact her family saw when her oldest Machai attended full-day kindergarten.
“ 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.”
While this progress is very exciting, there is still work to be done. The funding that is included in the budget will need to be approved by the entire legislature. The legislation will first have hearings in the House and Senate. Do you support fully funding full-day kindergarten? Sign the petition today!