Helping parents and caregivers prepare Colorado children for kindergarten

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DENVER (Jan. 28, 2020) — The increase in kindergarten enrollment across Colorado represents an exciting opportunity for more children to access high-quality learning environments that set the stage for future success. As more parents and caregivers begin to think about kindergarten enrollment, resources from the Colorado Office of Early Childhood are available to help ensure all children enter kindergarten ready to learn.

Colorado’s Early Learning and Development Guidelines describe the development of children from birth through third grade, and give parents and caregivers valuable information about each stage of growth. From physical and emotional health to the development of language and math skills, the guidelines help parents understand what children are capable of doing and learning, and offer ideas for the activities, experiences and relationships that will help them along the way. 

“Free-full day kindergarten supports our commitment to ensure all Colorado children are valued, healthy and thriving and we are excited to see it implemented in Colorado," said Mary Anne Snyder, Director of the Office of Early Childhood. "The Office of Early Childhood is dedicated to ensuring every child enrolled in kindergarten enters the classroom ready to learn. Resources like the Early Learning and Development Guidelines are available to help parents and caregivers support children from day one as they learn and grow.”

The Early Learning and Development Guidelines are available at