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Rise & Shine: New law starts college funds for Colorado babies

Good morning!

At Chalkbeat, many of our story ideas come directly from readers — and today's Q&A about Colorado's full-day kindergarten expansion is no exception. Erica Meltzer digs into some common questions parents are asking about what to expect on the kindergarten front next fall. If you have a question we haven't addressed, email us at co.tips@chalkbeat.org.

Also in today's roundup is a story about new research from University of Chicago professor James Heckman, a Nobel Prize-winning economist. He and a co-author quantified the effects of preschool 50 years after the fact — including on the siblings and future children of the original participants. It's worth a read.

— Ann Schimke, senior reporter

RIPPLE EFFECTS New research from University of Chicago economist James Heckman shows that when at-risk children attend quality preschool programs, the long-term benefits extend to their siblings and their eventual offspring. Chalkbeat

FULL-DAY  Q&A Colorado parents have lots of questions about the statewide full-day kindergarten roll-out planned for next fall, including “Is it really happening?” and “Will it apply to charter schools?” We’ve got answers. Chalkbeat

CHARTER CHALLENGES The mood was grim at an annual education reform conference in Oakland last week, with some attendees worried that charters are “under attack” or “on the chopping block.” Chalkbeat

DAMAGED BY LEAD A New York City fifth-grader and his mother face a tough road getting the right educational services after the boy was poisoned by lead paint as a baby. Chalkbeat

COLLEGE AID On Monday, Gov. Jared Polis signed into law House Bill 1196, allowing undocumented students to apply for and receive state financial aid. Denver Post

CELEBRATING KENDRICK A memorial service for a student hailed as a hero for tackling one of the gunmen who attacked his suburban Denver school will be held Wednesday. AP via KUNC

SCHOOL SAFETY Douglas County commissioners agreed Monday to mark $10 million toward boosting security inside the Douglas County School District, less than a week after two students at STEM School Highlands Ranch are alleged to have shot nine of their classmates, one fatally. Denver Post, CPR

NEWBORNS SAVING FOR COLLEGE Gov. Jared Polis on Monday signed a new law setting aside $100 for all Colorado kids born or adopted between 2020 and 2040. Denver Post

DELAYED REACTION More than a month after Aurora West College Preparatory Academy was rocked by a threat from a distraught staff educator, an internal audit report revealed the principal waited an hour before reporting the threat to school officials. The Sentinel

NEW LAWS Among the seven education bills signed Monday by Gov. Jared Polis is one that will limit suspensions of young students and another that creates an income tax credit for early childhood educators. Denver Channel