Getting Started

Updated on Fri, 05/20/2022 - 12:02pm
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GETTING STARTED

To best serve our entire community, the Adams 12 Five Star Schools Early Childhood Education Program offers three preschool options:

  • Tuition-Based Preschool - Competitively-priced preschool for early learners
  • Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) - Free preschool for students that qualify based on certain risk factors
  • Special Education (Child Find) - Free preschool for students that qualify based on developmental delays

All students under the age of 5 who enroll with preschool will be signed up for the Imagination Library. For more information about Imagination Library click HERE.  Spanish click HERE.


Tuition-Based Preschool

Five Star Schools offers a Tuition-Based Preschool program that provides families an enriching opportunity for their preschool-aged child to participate in a learning environment led by teachers and staff with specialized experience in child development. Students get an opportunity to participate in an integrated classroom that supports academic, motor, language, literacy and social/emotional developmental learning opportunities.

    Cost for Half-day:

    • $365 per month (Due on the 1st of every month)
    • $315 deposit + $50 registration fee (Due at the time of enrollment)
    • Tuition assistance may be available. Click HERE to request Tuition Assistance. Filling out this form does not guarantee assistance or enrollment in the program. It is only for the purpose of determining eligibility should you be accepted into the program. Please reach out to the school secretary for more information.

    Cost for Full-day at Bright Horizons only:

    • Extended Preschool - Includes hours M-F from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., $1350 per month
    • Preschool - Includes hours M-F from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., $1150 per month
    • Tuition assistance - information will be forthcoming. 

    Eligibility & Guidance: 

    • Students can attend preschool if they are 3 years old by their first day of school, and if they turn 5 after Oct. 1, 2022. Students that turn 5 years old on or before October 1, 2022 will not be eligible for preschool for 2022-2023 (instead, they would enroll in kindergarten). 
    • The district will accept applications for students who live in Adams 12 school district boundaries. If there is more interest than spaces available, a lottery will be conducted with priority given to families that live in the school's attendance boundary.
    • ​Acceptance into one of the preschool programs does NOT guarantee acceptance into the school's kindergarten class. Families that live outside of the school's attendance boundary must re-apply for kindergarten the following year. All STEM Lab preschool families interested in attending kindergarten at STEM Lab next year must re-apply.

    School Locations: 

    Apply for Tuition-Based Preschool:

    Families interested in the half-day program should contact the registrar at the desired tuition site to be added to a waitlist or inquire about enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year.  For families interested in the full-day program, please contact the Site Director at Bright Horizons, Lisa.Lambrecht@adams12.org

    • If your child is currently enrolled in the Adams 12 Preschool Program, there is no need to re-apply for Preschool for the 2022-2023 school year.  Your child has been automatically re-enrolled. 

    For other questions about this process, please call Danica Kerber in the Preschool office at 720-972-8762.


      Colorado Preschool Program (CPP)

      The Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) is a state-funded early childhood education program administered by the Colorado Department of Education.

      • Enrollment for the 2022-2023 School Year begins February 15, 2022. The application link will be open beginning 9:00 a.m.
        • Enrollments will all be done online for the 2022-2023 School Year.
        • If your child is currently enrolled in the Adams 12 Preschool Program, there is no need to re-apply for Preschool for the 2022-2023 school year.  Your child has been automatically re-enrolled.

      Steps to Enroll: 

      1. Submit your CPP- Colorado Preschool Program Application HERE

      • It may take up to four weeks for your application to be reviewed. Once your application has been reviewed and it is determined that you are eligible, you will receive an email with instructions on the next steps for enrollment (listed below).  

      2. If the student is eligible, you must enroll using your enrollment link sent in the eligibility email. 

      • You must enroll the child using the link provided; - documents must be uploaded or the enrollment cannot be processed
      • Enrollments not submitted within 60 days of your eligibility email will be closed and families will need to re submit a CPP application 

      3. Complete the ECE Family Preference form linked in the email to request a certain school or time session (this program is 4 half days a week) Preschool Locations 

      • You will receive an email saying the Online Registration through Infinite Campus is approved- this means the registration is being processed and moving its way through the system.

      4. When enrollment documents and ECE Family Preference form have been completed, a classroom teacher will reach out to you. They will share placement information and complete an Ages and Stages questionnaire. Please allow 2-3 weeks before you are contacted.

      The next communication from the preschool department will be a welcome letter emailed out in July with more preschool information

      Eligibility criteria for CPP in Adams 12 Five Star Schools:

      • Students must meet age requirements and qualifying risk factors. All 4 year olds (age 4 on or before Oct. 1, 2022) must meet at least one of the qualifying risk factors. All qualifying 3 year olds (age 3 on or before Oct, 1, 2022) must meet at least three of the qualifying risk factors.
      • Qualifying risk factors:
        • The child is eligible to receive free or reduced-cost lunch
        • Homelessness of the child’s family
        • Child is receiving services from the State Department of Social Services as neglected or dependent children
        • Child is in need of language development, including but not limited to the ability to speak English
        • Poor social skills of the child
        • Frequent relocation by the child’s family to new residences
        • The child’s parent or guardian has not successfully completed a high school education or its equivalent
        • Parent(s) of the child was less than eighteen years of age and unmarried when the child was born
        • Drug or alcohol abuse in the child’s family
        • An abusive adult residing in the home of the child
      • Families who reside outside of the Adams 12 Five Star School boundaries may be considered for enrollment. Check the Boundary Locator

      Spots are limited. Once you've applied, eligibility will be determined using the above qualifying factors.

      Questions?

      Email our Early Childhood Office at ad12preschool@adams12.org or by calling 720-972-8762. For Spanish only - call 720-972-3870.


      Special Education (Child Find)

      At Adams 12 Child Find, we make sure that children demonstrating they may have difficulty in learning or possible delays can get the help they need to be successful. Below is a list of developmental areas that we may evaluate:

      • academic (early learning/concepts, thinking, problem solving, preschool access skills)
      • communication (articulation, language, fluency and voice)
      • motor (fine and gross motor)
      • social/emotional
      • self-help
      • hearing and/or vision

      Children can be referred to Child Find by a parent, doctor or community agency. The process for children age 3-5 will begin with a developmental screening and when appropriate, a multi-disciplinary, play-based, evaluation. The team, including parents, will then make some decisions about next steps, which include eligibility for special education services. 

      If you have concerns about your child's development please contact:

      Birth to 3 years old

      For children who are ages birth through 3 years old, we partner with outside community agencies: