Jared Polis won the campaign day Monday by bringing out the kid, his 4-year-old daughter, Cora.
It was her first day of pre-school. I probably don’t even need to go on. In an email to supporters Monday evening, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee talked about education by speaking as a parent. He pitched his support for free, full-day preschool and kindergarten for every community.
“As a parent myself, I know we all want to give our kids every opportunity to succeed, and that’s why I’ve spent my adult life focused on working to make sure every child in Colorado gets a great education,” he said in the campaign pitch. “And that’s why as governor, one of my top priorities is establishing free, full-day preschool and kindergarten to every community across our state. Oklahoma has done this successfully. So can we.”
He talked about how it would help kids be better prepared and help working parents with extra daycare, essentially.
Polis closes with, “Here’s to a great school year!”
But most of all he had a picture of a darn-cute kid.
It’s a shift in the campaign messaging. To date, it’s been Republican nominee Walker Stapleton talking about building a future for his three kids and yours, his handsome family front and center.
Stapleton is a school-choice advocate who sees more competition as an asset in public education. His position on preschool isn’t nearly as defined as what Polis promises.
“We need to increase access by making our dollars go further for state preschool programs through increasing local community engagement,” Stapleton told ChalkBeat Colorado in June. “Preschool plays an instrumental role in getting students school-ready and closing the performance gap. But ultimately, it all starts in the home. I think we need to partner with allies in the nonprofit and private sectors across the state to empower new parents with the tools they need to help their children succeed.”