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Colorado Preschool Program

Colorado Preschool Program News

  • Looking ahead to next school year
    A child who qualifies under IDEA as a child with a disability and thus eligible for a half day of preschool general education may be funded for an additional half day of programming if they meet the eligibility criteria of CPP, thus creating a full day of preschool for that student.
  • Did you know?
    Any child who receives CPP funding is considered a school district student, even if they are served through a community provider.
  • Early Childhood Assessment
    We recently migrated information related to Early Childhood Assessment to a new location. Please visit the P-3 Education section or click the link above to access Early Childhood Assessment information.

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The Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) is a state-funded early childhood education program administered by the Colorado Department of Education. CPP provides the opportunity for eligible children to attend half-day or full-day preschool or full-day kindergarten.

Children who are eligible for CPP attend high quality early childhood programs. These may be located in school district settings, local child care centers, community preschools or Head Start programs.

CPP is managed by local school districts and their preschool advisory councils. Each participating school district is given a predetermined number of half-day slots to serve eligible children. Two types of slots can be allocated to districts: CPP slots which can be used to serve eligible preschoolers and ECARE slots which can be used to serve preschoolers or to provide full-day opportunities for eligible kindergarteners. Two half-day slots can be combined to create full-day opportunities for preschool children with very high needs.

Children are determined eligible for CPP based on certain risk factors present in their lives. These risk factors have been shown to be associated with later challenges in school. School district staff members work with families to gather information about their child’s development and learning. They also ask families questions about challenges they and their child may have experienced. If a child is found eligible and the school district program has space available, the staff will work with the family to arrange a program location and start date.

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Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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