Full-day kindergarten needed now in county

As an early education advocate and former teacher, I know how critical quality learning is to children’s long-term success. Children who enter elementary school having attended quality preschool and kindergarten programs are better prepared to learn, grow emotionally and socially and reap the benefits of a classroom education. In fact, research shows that children who receive quality early learning go on to earn 50 percent higher wagers than their peers.

In addition, early learning programs help families. Parents who can send their children to safe, quality learning spaces are better able to work and provide for their families as the cost of living soars in Colorado.