Education, Child Wellness Rise to Top of TBD Colorado Town Hall Process

Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: November 16, 2012

Improving the education and health opportunities of Colorado children is a priority of Coloradans who participated in a year-long civic engagement project. At the request of Gov. John Hickenlooper, TBD Colorado gathered opinions via social media and from more than 1,200 residents during 70 public meetings to get a better sense of what Coloradans envision for the future of the state.

The TBD Board of Directors released recommendations this week that include several priorities shared by the Colorado Children’s Campaign:

  • Quality pre-K: Expand the number of children served by the Colorado Preschool Program so that all families with at-risk children have the option to participate.
  • Full-day kindergarten: Increase availability of full-day kindergarten for families who want it.
  • K-12 financing: Policymakers and Coloradans should continue a conversation that focuses on how additional revenue could be targeted to improve outcomes for students. A revenue increase should be pursued only if these additional dollars come with complete transparency, accountability and are linked to improved outcomes for students.
  • Physical activity: Opportunities for youth physical activity should be encouraged, including physical education in schools, extracurricular and after-school activities, community programs and outdoor recreation. Providing opportunities for physical activity is a shared responsibility with families.
  • Healthy eating: Access to healthy foods should be expanded, including meals served in schools, vending machines, neighborhood grocery stores, public food programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and community gardening opportunities. Providing access to healthy foods is a shared responsibility with families.

A final report with supporting data for the recommendations will be available in early December. Stay tuned to KidsFlash for details, or read more at www.tbdcolorado.org.

Tara Manthey

About Tara Manthey

Tara McLain Manthey joined Colorado Children's Campaign as Communications Director in May 2012. She previously worked in communications at The Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect in Aurora and Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families in Little Rock, Ark. Tara was a newspaper reporter covering education and government for nine years in Oregon, Washington state and Arkansas. A native of the Colorado mountain region and an alumna of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Tara lives in Denver with her husband and two small children.