DENVER (CBS4) – The governor’s office is working to get full day kindergarten in Colorado. The Joint Budget Committee has eight hearings starting on Wednesday in which they will finalize the budget.

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Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera visited Emerald Elementary School in Broomfield on Friday where she read to kindergartners. Many schools require parents to pay as much as $500 a month.

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Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera reads to kindergartners. (credit: CBS)

The governor’s budget requests $227 million to pay for full day kindergarten.

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The Colorado State Board of Education believes that full-day kindergarten would give teachers a better chance at success, and students a better chance in life.