DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock released the following statement regarding the Denver City Council’s 10 – 1 vote tonight that referred the reauthorization and expansion of the Denver Preschool Program to the November 2014 ballot.
“I want to thank City Council tonight for referring the reauthorization and expansion of the Denver Preschool Program to this fall’s ballot. For Denver to truly become a city of opportunity for every child, we must remain focused on eliminating the achievement gap. That means boosting the number of kids receiving quality early childhood education.
“It is my hope that the people of Denver once again demonstrate their commitment to Denver’s youngest students and to our future come November. Nearly 70 percent of Denver’s four-year-olds are enrolled in the Denver Preschool Program, one of the best participation rates in the country, and these students are also outperforming their peers. The program is proven to have a lasting impact on our families and is an integral investment in the future of our children and our city.”