The plan was one of the few points of agreement in an extremely heated legislative session.
Crafting the budget signed Thursday by Gov. Jared Polis took months of work and started during former Gov. John Hickenlooper's administration.
Gov. Jared Polis is unfazed by recall efforts underway, but says the groups, upset over several bills, shouldn't be surprised. “This is exactly what I said I would do during the campaign.”
More than a decade ago, Colorado lawmakers promised to phase in full-day kindergarten as parents across the state demanded. It didn't happen.
Colorado's 43rd governor also said he's enjoying how fast-paced the lawmaking in state government is compared to his experiences in Congress.
Studies show children who attend full-day kindergarten go on to perform better, and that the program evens the playing ground for students who would otherwise be at a disadvantage.
Colorado funds just over half of a day of kindergarten — 0.58 percent to be precise. That means some school districts pay for free full-day kindergarten, while others charge families.
The new governor's campaign promise for free, full-day kindergarten took center stage. Polis requested $227 million out of a $33.7 billion budget.
The promise of affordable early childhood education was one of Colorado's new governor's biggest campaign pledges.
Polis declared the state of the state as solid, strong and successful before he tacked on one of the watchwords of his campaign: “bold.”