Frequently Asked Questions

Updated on Tue, 07/24/2018 - 1:33pm

Frequently asked questions about Preschool in Adams 12 Five Star Schools

  1. Is my child eligible for Preschool?
  2. How do I know if my child qualifies for Special Education?
  3. How old does my child need to be to get a screening?
  4. How old does my child need to be to start Preschool?
  5. How do I know if my child qualifies for the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP)?
  6. How do I schedule a screening appointment?
  7. What are the hours for preschool?
  8. What if I want to pay for preschool?
  9. How much does preschool cost?
  10. Do I have to provide my own transportation?

Is my child eligible for Preschool?

The Adams 12 Five Star Schools Early Childhood Education Program offers two preschool pathways:

  • State/Federal-Funded Pathway - Available at multiple locations
  • Limited Tuition-Based Pathway - Available at Arapahoe Ridge Elementary & Thunder Vista P-8

The State/Federal-Funded Pathway is available to students who qualify for A) Special Education Services or B) The Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) by meeting criteria that would consider them an at-risk student by virtue of a variety of individual and family variables.  Children must live within the Adams 12 Five Star Schools district boundaries to qualify.

How do I know if my child qualifies for Special Education?

If you have concerns about your preschool-age child’s development you can have him/her screened through Child Find. If the free screening indicates your child is delayed in any of the developmental areas of the screening, he/she may be referred to the Adams 12 Five Star Schools Child Find Evaluation Team for a more comprehensive assessment. If your three to five year old child meets the criteria for receiving Special Education services, Child Find will work with the family to place the child in the Adams 12 Early Childhood Education Program, where specialized services will be delivered.

How old does my child need to be to get a screening?

The Adams 12 Five Star Schools Early Childhood Education Program will screen children from birth until a child reaches the Kindergarten eligibility age. If you have any concerns about your child’s development and would like a screening, please call Child Find at 720-972-6004, 720-972-6145, or 720-972-3870. For Spanish call 720-972-3870. If you have concerns with older children’s development, please contact their school to discuss the issue. 

How old does my child need to be to start Preschool?

Children who qualify for Special Education services will be able to start preschool at the age of three. If your child is under the age of three, the Child Find Evaluation Team will work with county agencies who will provide services for your child until he/she turns three and then will transition your child into the district preschool program, if he/she still qualifies for the services.

Children must be three years old on or before October 1st each school year to qualify for the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) in the Adams 12 Five Star Schools district

How do I know if my child qualifies for the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP)?

Adams 12 Five Star Schools offers a limited number of spaces to children who qualify for CPP. Children qualify by meeting risk factors as set forth by the State of Colorado and the Adams 12 CPP Advisory Council. The risk factors include, but are not limited to: the family’s income level, the education level of the parents and cases in which the child’s primary language is something other than English. To determine if your child qualifies, you need to schedule a screening appointment for a free developmental screening and a parent interview to determine if your child meets the criteria set forth by the State and the Adams 12 Five Star Schools CPP Advisory Council. You will be notified at the time of the screening if your child qualifies. 

Children must be three years old on or before October 1st each school year to qualify for the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) in Adams 12 Five Star Schools.

Children who do not meet the four year old age requirement must qualify with at least three of the CPP risk factors in order to qualify for the the additional year of preschool.

How do I schedule a screening appointment?

Beginning March 1st we will accept names and schedule appointments for the screening. Screenings are held in March through August. Schedule a Screening Appointment During the week of March 1st you will likely reach voice mail as we will receive a large amount of calls at that time. Please call only one person and leave one message. Leaving multiple messages may delay the response time for your return call. Calls will be returned in the order they are received.

What are the hours for preschool?

At each of the preschool sites, morning and afternoon classes are offered. Each class session is 3 hours and 5 minutes in duration at most of our locations. The specific hours at each preschool site vary based on the school’s hours.  Children attend four days per week Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Children do not attend class on Wednesdays. Placement is based on space availability.

What if I want to pay for preschool?

A limited, tuition-based preschool option is available at Arapahoe Ridge Elementary and Thunder Vista P-8. These schools will manage the tuition-based enrollment process. Please be aware that students applying for the tuition-based preschool program will be asked to complete the same requirements as in other preschool programs in our district. 

Priority enrollment for tuition-based preschool will be given to families currently living within the school boundaries of Arapahoe Ridge and thunder Vista P-8.

How much does preschool cost?

Children who qualify for Preschool Special Education services or who qualify for the Colorado Preschool Program receive preschool at no cost.

Limited tuition-based preschool at Arapahoe Ridge Elementary and Thunder Vista P-8 will cost $325 per month in the 2018-19 school year. 

Do I have to provide my own transportation?

Transportation is not available for CPP and tuition-based students. Only a select number of students with significant special education needs will be provided transportation.