Free full-day kindergarten will begin in Colorado starting in the 2018-2019 academic school year.
Governor Jared Polis’ campaign prioritized the introduction of free full-day kindergarten in Colorado. His first budget proposal, published in January, detailed his goals for education across the state.
“It’s time for Colorado to build an education system that gives every single child — regardless of zip code, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, or any other status — the tools to build a great life and succeed,” he said.
Kindergarten still isn’t mandatory in Colorado and schools can still offer half-day programs for those who are interested in them, according to the Colorado Department of Education.
The Education Commission of the States researched the various kindergarten programs across the United States. It found that:
“Research shows that longer school days enable children to receive more individualized, academically focused and meaningful instruction from teachers, as well as more time interacting with their peers – both of which can lead to long-term benefits and increased scores in third grade assessments.”
Full-day kindergarten has several benefits according to Denver Public Schools as well. It will better prepare students for success in their future school years; it is more affordable for families, and the state funding relieves budget pressure on school districts.
To register for kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year children must be five years-old by October 1, 2019. Check out your school district’s websites for details on how to enroll.
Boulder Valley School District