Fast Fact – Aug. 10, 2018

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: August 10, 2018

In the 2017-2018 school year, 78 percent of Colorado kindergartners were enrolled in a full-day program, a significant increase from only 14 percent in 2001-2002. Research demonstrates that kindergartners in full-day programs make more academic progress and are better prepared for first grade than children in half-day programs. The share of Colorado kindergartners attending full-day programs has grown substantially during the past 16 years, despite that fact that the state currently only funds a little more than a half day of kindergarten for all students. Districts that wish to offer full-day kindergarten must either find local funding or charge parents tuition, making full-day programs inaccessible to many Colorado kids. To find full-day kindergarten enrollment in your county, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit