Early Childhood Advocates Line Up in Support of the Colorado Commits to Kids Ballot Initiative

Written by: Bill Jaeger
Date Posted: August 30, 2013

Dozens of parents, educators and advocates added their names to the list of supporters for the Colorado Commits to Kids ballot initiative because of the significant investment it makes in early childhood. Access to consistent, high-quality early learning experiences can set children on a path to high school graduation and life success. Colorado has an increasing number of children who need this access. Currently, the state’s total spending on preschool ranks 38th out of 40 states that have a state preschool program. Further limiting access to quality early learning, Colorado only funds just more than a half-day of kindergarten and relies on individual parents and/or taxpayers in each school district to cover the remaining cost of full-day kindergarten. The Colorado Commits to Kids ballot initiative would provide the largest single investment in early childhood in the history of the state. It would:

  • Remove the cap on seats in the Colorado Preschool Program, opening up access to an estimated 25,500 at-risk 3- and 4-year olds across the state.
  • Fully fund full-day kindergarten for every family that wants it, making Colorado only the 11th state in the country to offer tuition-free, full-day kindergarten.

With these tremendous investments in early learning, it is no surprise that early childhood supporters are lining up to endorse the ballot initiative. Leading voices such as Mile High United Way, Qualistar Colorado, the Early Childhood Education Association of Colorado, the Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children, Clayton Early Learning, Executives Partnering to Invest in Children and the Early Childhood Summit have joined with many others to support passage of the ballot measure. If you would like to see a full list of endorsements or to add your name or your organization’s name to the list of supporters, please visit the Colorado Commits to Kids website.

Bill Jaeger

About Bill Jaeger

Bill Jaeger, Vice President of Early Childhood Initiatives at the Children's Campaign, has spent the past decade teaching, studying, and working on issues in public education and public policy. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a master’s in education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education before working as a public school teacher and administrator in the greater Hartford, Connecticut area for several years. Bill also holds master’s degrees in public policy and political science and worked in several positions in the non-profit sector prior to joining the Colorado Children’s Campaign as Vice President of Early Childhood Initiatives. Bill is a graduate of Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs and enjoys spending time in the mountains with his wife, son, daughter, and golden retriever.