I’m writing to urge Larimer County residents to consider a “yes” vote on Proposition EE, a statewide tobacco/vaping tax that will allow us to provide universal access to preschool for 4-year-olds in Colorado.

This measure will go a long way in closing the educational gap for our state’s preschoolers, and is an important first step in increasing educational access and equity for Colorado children.

Research continually demonstrates that early childhood education is one of the very best investments we can make for our children, with an estimated return on investment of $8.60 for every dollar spent.

It is important to note how much we’ve learned over the past few months about educational access in our community. As schools shut down in March due to COVID-19 restrictions, and families were forced to choose between working or