Free Full-day Kindergarten Coming to DPS, Colorado

May. 21, 2019
 
A happy group of kindergarten students sings a song with their hands in the air in anticipation of the Governor signing the free kindergarten bill into law at Stedman Elementary.

Gov. Jared Polis fulfilled a campaign promise this week by signing legislation providing for free, full-day kindergarten to the families of Denver, and the state of Colorado. Gov. Polis signed House Bill 1262 into law on Wednesday at DPS’ very own Stedman Elementary.

What does this mean for the families of DPS?

If your child will be attending kindergarten in a DPS school beginning in the 2019-20 school year, you will not be charged tuition and no further action is required on your part. Your school will be contacting you this summer regarding registration and back-to-school events.

In the past, there was no charge for half-day kindergarten, but families who enrolled in full-day kindergarten paid tuition on a sliding scale, based on income.

“We’re so thankful that the governor and legislature prioritized this important work, which positively impacts so many of our families here in DPS,” said Superintendent Susana Cordova. “This commitment from the state to serve the early-learning needs of all children enabled us in DPS to use funds for other critical needs, including investing more heavily in teacher compensation.”

Free full-day kindergarten has many benefits:

  • Studies show children with access to full-day kindergarten are better prepared for future success in school.
  • The measure alleviates pressure on the budgets of Colorado families.
  • State funding of full-day kindergarten is a big help to school districts, especially in rural areas.

See more photos from the historic event on DPS’ Facebook page.