Fast Fact – Aug. 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.