Englewood, CO — January, 31, 2019 — The Englewood Early Childhood Education Program at Maddox (ECE Maddox) hosted Colorado Governor Jared Polis and the Colorado Department of Education as they celebrated the 30 year anniversary of the Colorado Preschool Program and released data that supports the importances of students enrolling in ECE.
ECE Maddox was chosen to host the press event because of it is viewed as a strong ECE model by the Colorado Department of Education. The longitudinal data that was released Thursday show that Colorado Preschool Program students have had lower rates of significant reading deficiencies, better chances of graduating on time and fewer incidents of being held back in school.
ECE Maddox enrolls 223 students, half of whom are enrolled in CPP, has been touted for the special education services it provides to ECE students, as well as its streamlined registration and on-boarding process. Following the press conference, Gov. Polis and CDE Commissioner Dr. Katy Anthes joined Englewood Schools Superintendent Wendy Rubin and ECE Maddox Principal Leigh Pytlinski on a tour of the new ECE Maddox building, which was just completed and opened earlier this month.
For over 30 years, Englewood Schools has provided a quality preschool program to the community’s young children. Due to high demand for early childhood education, Englewood Schools first began offering early childhood education in 1988.
In 2016, Englewood voters passed a bond to construct a new building for the Englewood Early Childhood Education Program at Maddox (ECE Maddox). The new Maddox building, which is custom designed to support the unique learning of young students, opened earlier this month. Featuring four outdoor and two indoor play areas, along with Maker Space and culinary exploration learning areas, ECE Maddox supports learning through play, large and small group activities, outdoor play and learning, and independent care routines.
“For our youngest students, early childhood education is their gateway to a lifetime of learning,” said Englewood Schools Superintendent Wendy Rubin. “And as our 3- and 4-year-old students are learning many of the basics, they are building a critical foundation that will carry them through their school career and lead them to success throughout their childhood and beyond.”