Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Updated on Thu, 03/07/2019 - 11:08am

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. What are the hours for preschool?
  7. What if I want to pay for preschool?
  8. How much does preschool cost?
  9. 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 three preschool options:

  • Special Education - Available at all locations for students that qualify
  • Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) - Available at all locations for students that qualify
  • Tuition-Based  - Available at Arapahoe Ridge Elementary, Thunder Vista P-8, Cherry Drive Elementary, Mountain View Elementary and STEM Lab K-8.

Criteria based options are 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. Students must be at least 3 years old for their first day of school.  Five year olds are eligible for preschool if they turn 5 after October 1st.  If the child turns 5 prior to October 1st, they would attend Kindergarten. 

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 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 720-972-6145, or 720-972-3870. For Spanish call 720-972-3870. If you have concerns with an older student's development, please contact their school. 

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

Children who qualify for Special Education services will be able to start preschool if they are at least 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 at least three years old each school year to be eligible to qualify for the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) or Tuition preschool in Adams 12 Five Star Schools.

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 the risk factors set forth by the State of Colorado and the Adams 12 Five Star Schools 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 not English. To determine if your child qualifies, please visit Getting Started and look for the CPP section for information regarding 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 at least three years old to be eligible to qualify for the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) in Adams 12 Five Star Schools.

To qualify for an additional year of preschool, children must continue to meet the age requirement and must also qualify with the associated CPP risk factors.

What are the hours for preschool?

Morning and afternoon classes are offered. Each class session is 3 hours and 5 minutes in duration at most 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?

Tuition preschool is currently available at Arapahoe Ridge Elementary, and Thunder Vista P-8.  For school-year 2019-20, it will also be included at STEM Lab, Cherry Drive Elementary & Mountain View Elementary. To apply to one of the tuition preschool options in the Five Star District, please visit the Preschool webpage. 

Priority enrollment for tuition-based preschool will be given to families currently living within the school's attendance boundary.

How much does preschool cost?

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

Limited tuition-based preschool will cost $325 per month in the 2019-20 school year at participating school locations. 

Do I have to provide my own transportation?

Transportation is not available for tuition-based students. Students with a disability & special needs will be provided transportation.