Proposition EE Passed—now we want to hear from you on the re-imagination of preschool in Colorado
Last week, Colorado voters approved Proposition EE by a 2-1 margin, ensuring that universal preschool for all Colorado four-year-olds will start in the fall of 2023. We now want to hear from communities and individuals across the state on their hopes, insights, and needs for Colorado’s future universal preschool program.
The Colorado Children’s Campaign is collaborating with Early Milestones Colorado, Clayton Early Learning, and Governor Polis’ office to gather feedback and insights on the process of re-imagining preschool in Colorado from communities and individuals across the state. The results of the community input sessions will be summarized in a community-informed set of recommendations on preschool policy for the General Assembly, state agency leaders, and Governor Polis. These insights will also inform the work of the Preschool Policy Leadership Committee and Preschool Policy Advisory Group, who are also working to re-imagine preschool.
To ensure that the preschool policy design process is informed by the diversity of communities across Colorado, the Children’s Campaign has created a Preschool Policy Development Community Input Session Toolkit and is offering mini-grants of up to $500 to cover input session expenses. Anyone with an interest in supporting the development of preschool policy is encouraged to host a Preschool Policy Development Input Session to share their unique perspective and experience.
Mini-grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Whether you plan to integrate a Preschool Policy Development Community Input Session into a standing meeting or to create a new event, we look forward to learning more about your community’s hopes, fears and goals for Colorado’s future universal preschool program. If you have any questions about the Preschool Policy Development Input Sessions or mini-grants, contact Melissa Mares at firstname.lastname@example.org.