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WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 1, 2019) – Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) CEO Mark Shriver today applauded the Colorado state legislature for overwhelmingly approving HB 1262, legislation that fully funds full-day kindergarten across the state. The House voted final approval last night.
Governor Jared Polis, a strong advocate for full-day-K, is expected to sign the bill later this week to allocate nearly $184 million through the school finance formula for full-day kindergarten for all 178 school districts in the state, including some school districts that will begin to offer full-day K this fall.
“There is no better way to invest Colorado’s resources than in the care and education of our littlest learners, Shriver said. “This legislation is a crucial step forward in ensuring that more kids in Colorado will have access to high-quality kindergarten and get a strong start in life.”
Shriver said that studies have shown that students who attend full-day kindergarten enter first grade better prepared to learn, show lasting gains in academic achievement, are more likely to graduate high school and are less likely to engage in crime – saving the state money in the long run.
Full-day K funding means that Colorado families will no longer face the burden of tuition, which in some districts costs more than $4,500 a year. The funding will free up resources for school districts that previously spent on full-day K, allowing them to address other needs.
An organization that supports efforts to prioritize access to high-quality early childhood education across the country, SCAN worked with the Full-Day Kindergarten Now coalition to mobilize policymakers and advocates across the state on behalf of full-day K. SCAN volunteers attended town hall meetings with legislators, testified before the House and Senate committees on full-day K, submitted petitions signed by more than 600 Coloradans to every member of the state House and wrote hundreds of postcards to the state Senate.
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