High-quality early childhood education is proven to dramatically improve a child’s opportunities for a better future—particularly children from low-income families. If we, as a nation, want to ensure all children have access to high-quality early learning, there must be strong support and partnerships from federal government to extend the reach or fill in the gaps of state efforts and innovation.
This fact sheet provides an abbreviated overview of state- and federally-funded early childhood opportunities in Colorado, which serve more than 150,000 children and families.
“First, parents throughout the state are struggling to find affordable early childhood education for their young children. While we know that those early years are critical for educational development, we don’t do enough to help parents make the most of that important time. As a result, parents are often overwhelmed by the cost of early education programs or are pulled out of the workforce to care for their young children.” – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO)
“Education is absolutely the key to our future… Ensuring that Denver parents have access to quality affordable preschool for their children is a critical part of improving our public schools, increasing economic opportunity, and reducing burdens on our public safety and criminal justice systems.” – Governor John Hickenlooper (D-CO)