Letter to the editor: Invest in children

Posted 2/20/19

Invest in children As an educator, I know that children who attend quality early-learning programs enter elementary school better prepared to reap the benefits of academic and non-academic …

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Letter to the editor: Invest in children

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Invest in children

As an educator, I know that children who attend quality early-learning programs enter elementary school better prepared to reap the benefits of academic and non-academic activities. They learn and grow both in and outside of the classroom with greater ease.

That is why I am asking my state legislators, Sen. Jeff Bridges and Rep. Meg Froelich, to please support the 2019 budget proposal made by Gov. Polis to fund full-day kindergarten across Colorado.

Research shows that kids who attend quality early learning programs are more likely to graduate from high school, less likely to become teen parents and will earn more income as adults than their peers who did not attend such programs. I want early learners in Englewood, and in every town across Colorado, to have the opportunity to succeed.

With a 2019 budget that funds full-day kindergarten, we will be giving the nearly 14,000 Colorado kids who currently cannot access full-day kindergarten a better start in life.

Join me by asking your state legislator to support funding for full-day kindergarten. Let’s not waste any more time. Let’s invest this year in our children!

Heather Roberts

Englewood

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