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Universal Preschool Program

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Universal Preschool Begins in the 2023-2024 School Year

We are thrilled that Colorado families will be able to enroll their children in the state’s new universal preschool program starting in the 2023-2024 school year! High-quality early childhood education sets the foundation for a strong start to kindergarten.

Who qualifies for universal preschool?

  • ALL 4-year-olds qualify for 15 hours of free preschool a week the year before they start kindergarten. These students must turn 4 by Oct. 1, 2023.

  • Some 4-year-olds who meet additional eligibility requirements may qualify for additional hours of free preschool. This includes:

    • Children who live in low-income households (270% of the 2023 Federal Poverty Guidelines)

    • Children who are dual language learners, and the native language spoken in the child’s home is a language other than English, or children whose native language is not English

    • Children with an Individualized Education Program (IEP)

    • Children who are currently in a foster care home or in non-certified kinship care

    • Children who are identified as homeless

  • Some 3-year-olds qualify 10 hours of free preschool if they meet certain eligibility requirements, such as:

    • Children who live in low-income households (270% of the 2023 Federal Poverty Guidelines)

    • Children who are dual language learners, and the native language spoken in the child’s home is a language other than English, or children whose native language is not English

    • Children with an Individualized Education Program (IEP)

    • Children who are currently in a foster care home or in non-certified kinship care

    • Children who are identified as homeless

Choose a Five Star Preschool!

The Adams 12 Five Star Schools Early Childhood Education Program is the perfect place for your child to begin their learning journey. Our preschool classrooms offer a safe and enriching environment with caring teachers and staff to spark a love of learning early. Our staff partners with families to assure that our youngest learners develop positive attitudes about learning, as well as strong developmental and academic foundations for success in their future school experiences. 

How do I sign up?

Colorado's new Department of Early Childhood has an online application for families to apply for the Colorado Universal Preschool Program. Don’t wait! Applications received by Feb. 14 will get first consideration.

Click here to apply.