early childhood education

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Destiny Martinez sits at a small table in the hallway of Murphy Creek, working on reading exercises with three second graders. The 23-year-old is a student teacher at the P-8 school in Aurora.

"I knew like teaching was always something that I wanted to do," Martinez said.

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A few months ago, Tricia Shields was having a regular day at work. 

“I think I was daydreaming at my desk,” says Shields, a resident of Parker, Colorado, who was at the time working at a kidney care center in Denver.

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The first three years of a child's life are the most important to their development, according to a new, national report ranking how well states are caring for infants and toddlers. Colorado received high marks.

The State of Babies Yearbook 2019 examines state and national policies and programs that support the healthy development of children. The report compared 60 indicators for child and family well-being across three categories. Colorado was one of 12 states to receive the highest out of four ratings.

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Starting next year, some parents in Larimer County will pay more for full-day kindergarten.

The Poudre School District Board of Education voted to raise tuition by about six percent, which is the estimated inflation rate and program cost increase. Full-day kindergarten will cost an additional $180 for the 2019-2020 school year, bringing the total fee to $3,015.

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Sarah Marsh is a preschool teacher who works with four- and five-year-olds at a school in Erie, Colorado. She loves her job.

"The moment where a kid first zips their zipper is amazing," she said. "They feel so powerful, they can do it themselves and they just have this look and it feels so cool to be there."

But what Marsh doesn't love is the pay.

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“Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown” is the 2018 One Book 4 Colorado winner. The book, chosen specifically for 4-year-olds, was announced by Gov. John Hickenlooper at the state Capitol this week.

At the event, Hickenlooper told a group of preschoolers that he wants to make sure they know how to read and grow to love reading.