In late April, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis sat down at his desk to make some phone calls.
The governor, on this day, was calling to deliver good news. He wanted to personally congratulate some of the 22,087 families who had matched with their first-choice provider for Colorado’s free, universal preschool program, which launches this fall.
A parent named Katie, in Summit County, was among those who received a call from the governor.
“Oh, thank you so much. That helps me out so much,” Katie said after the governor shared that her daughter Lillian would be enrolled in the family’s preferred early childhood program.
Polis, a Democrat who is in his second term as Colorado governor, replied: “We’re excited that Lillian will benefit from universal free preschool and save you some money and get her a very strong start for her education. Congratulations.”
Universal preschool is one of several initiatives the state has launched in recent years to make Colorado a better place to both raise a family and to work in the field of early care and education.