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Letter to the editor: Protect full day K

Posted 5/28/20

 

This year, my granddaughter embraced kindergarten, thriving in the full-day program.

State funding for full-day kindergarten is what allowed her to attend the program and prepare to …

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opinion

Letter to the editor: Protect full day K

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This year, my granddaughter embraced kindergarten, thriving in the full-day program.
State funding for full-day kindergarten is what allowed her to attend the program and prepare to succeed next year in first grade.
As a Save the Children Action Network volunteer leader, I advocated for full-day kindergarten funding last year by testifying before the Joint Budget Committee of the Colorado General Assembly, meeting with my legislators, and speaking to media about how critical kindergarten is for the educational success of students. I did this for my granddaughter, and for every single 5-year-old in Colorado.
Last week, the Colorado Joint Budget Committee convened to begin developing new budget proposals based on dramatically reduced state revenue forecasts. As the committee deliberates, I urge them to protect funding for full-day kindergarten.
As young children emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, they will turn to teachers and to the routine of kindergarten for security, learning, and growth. This is not the time to cut funds for young children. Furthermore, rolling back kindergarten would hinder ourstate’s economic recovery by making it harder for parents of young children to get back to work.
I urge the Joint Budget Committee to protect the wise investment that is full-day kindergarten.
Kiki McGough
Arvada

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