By Carolyn Martin, CHEC Director of Government Relations
The State Wants Your Data
Does your family use any kind of state-funded programs for your young children — like state-funded child care or preschool? This legislative session a bill was passed into law to administer the Colorado Universal Preschool Program and move all early childhood programs into the Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC). The bill (HB22-1295) gives CDEC the authority to collect data “to monitor early childhood outcomes throughout the state, which must include outcomes in health, including physical, social-emotional, and dental; learning; and overall well-being” with the goal of evaluating “long-term outcomes.”
Maybe you think they’re just wanting to protect children by tracking their well-being. If you understood the legislature and the education system, you would think differently. Being involved up at the Capitol and watching legislators make law, it is pretty clear that most of the legislators think the state can do a better job taking care of your children than you can. They often use those rare cases of abuse and neglect to justify their intrusion into your family. And for some, the state is God.
Then there is the government-funded education system, which is being used to mold children’s attitudes, beliefs, and values to follow their Marxist ideology. The preschool program they are putting into place includes Social Emotional Learning (SEL). SEL includes all the things parents are pushing back against these days: Critical Race Theory (CRT), Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI), and Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (SOGI). It usually comes with an assessment component that tracks our youngest children’s beliefs. These data points they begin collecting in preschool will follow them into their public-school experience and even into their college and working days. Check out this article that explains how SEL feeds directly into destructive Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) scores which are used to control your behavior.
Don’t think just because you don’t use government programs, you’ll get out this system they are creating. During the debate on the bill, it became clear that the bill gives the state the authority to begin collecting data on every child beginning at preschool age in the state. It won’t happen right away because they don’t currently have the infrastructure or the money for such a program. But they have the authority and the desire.
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Trusting in the mighty power and grace of Jesus,
CHEC Director of Government Relations