Even Before Coronavirus, Colorado Lagged Behind In Getting Kids Into Preschool

Colorado Public Radio | Jenny Brundin

“Right now in this state we do not have a great sense of who is on hold temporarily and who is not going to survive,” said Early Milestones Executive Director Jennifer Stedron. “If we don’t have capacity and if we have to alter what [preschool] looks like, how will that impact children?”

The National Institute for Early Education Research’s new State of Preschool 2019 report revealed that Colorado’s pre-kindergarten enrollment increased by 500 (to 22,000) in the 2018-2019 school year. Colorado also met only four of ten minimum standards for high-quality pre-K education. This story by Jenny Brundin of CPR discusses how this reflects the state’s investment in expanding access to early education.

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