SCAN Applauds the Colorado General Assembly for Giving Voters the Chance to Expand Preschool Access

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Referred ballot measure gives Coloradans an opportunity to vote for nicotine tax increase and vaping tax in November. A portion of the tax revenue would go to a preschool programs fund.

Washington, D.C. (June 15, 2020) – Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) applauds the Colorado General Assembly for passing House Bill 1427 which adds tax proposals to the ballot in November that have the potential to greatly improve the futures of children across Colorado.

The referred ballot measure proposes a tax increase on various nicotine products and a new tax on vaping products. The revenue from the proposed taxes would supplement the State Education Fund and substantially expand the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) or a successor program. For example, starting in the fall of 2023, a portion of the revenue would enable Colorado to provide free voluntary access to at least 10 hours per week of preschool to all kids in the year before they go to kindergarten. Currently, only 40 percent of eligible children are being served by CPP.

“This ballot measure gives Colorado the chance to expand access to vital preschool programs by more than 50 percent,” said SCAN President, Mark Shriver. “Access to high-quality early learning is crucial to a child’s social, emotional and intellectual development, preparing them for success later in life. In fact, most of a child’s brain is developed before the age of five, making access to preschool all the more important.”

Between Thursday June 11 – when House Bill 1427 was introduced – and Monday June 15 – when the bill passed – SCAN advocates throughout Colorado have generated 325 emails and phone calls to state policymakers, urging them to support the passage of this bill.

“I’m incredibly proud of the rapid-response mobilization efforts of our nearly 10,000 grassroots advocates and many passionate volunteers across Colorado,” continued Shriver. “Their dedication to kids is overwhelming. And, this is only the beginning – these advocates are committed to turning voters out in November for a ‘yes’ vote on preschool.”  

SCAN will continue to work with a broad coalition of education and public health advocates in Colorado to launch a five-month-long campaign to educate voters on the crucial importance of early childhood education and to encourage them to vote on this important ballot measure in November.

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