Advocates are preparing for full-day kindergarten to come to Colorado. As a part of Gov. Jared Polis’ signature education initiative, policymakers are shepherding a $175 million funding bill through the approval process that will allow public school districts statewide, many currently only offering half-day kindergarten programs, to shift to full-day programs as soon as this fall.
To bolster support for all-day kindergarten, Colorado education stakeholders formed a diverse coalition: the Kindergarten Now Coalition. Featuring a broad group of members from communities across Colorado—including PIE Network members Colorado League of Charter Schools, Colorado Succeeds, Democrats for Education Reform Colorado, Stand for Children Colorado, and Teach Plus Colorado—the coalition represents educators, parents, advocates, and more who fully support funding full-day kindergarten for all kids in 2019 and beyond, regardless of zip code. The coalition’s website cites the below benefits of full-day kindergarten:
- Better prepared children and stronger academic growth
- Help for family budgets who currently pay for full-day programs
- Help for local/school budgets with the state paying for the full-day programming
- Expanded early learning opportunities for at-risk children
Featuring draft legislation, legislator contact information, and resources to promote full-day kindergarten in the state, the coalition website can be a valuable tool for advocates vouching for similar policies in their own state. For those wanting to be connected with any of the PIE Network members working in this coalition, please reach out.