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Early Childhood At-Risk Enhancement - ECARE

General Guidelines for the Early Childhood At-Risk Enhancement (ECARE) Program:

In 2013, the Colorado General Assembly approved funding for a major expansion of the Colorado Preschool Program. 3,200 Early Childhood At-Risk Enhancement (ECARE) slots were added in 2013 and an additional 5,000 ECARE slots were added in 2014 bringing the total possible number of children who could be served in the CPP program to 28,360. We are thrilled to know that CPP will be able to make a lasting difference in the lives of these children and their families.    

Children Served with ECARE in 2015-2016

  • Half- Day Preschool: 1,893
  • Full-Day Preschool: 589
  • Kindergarten: 5,411

ECARE Highlights:

  • ECARE slots must be used to serve CPP eligible preschool and kindergarten children.
    • Eligibility - Three-year-olds with must have at least three eligibility factors and Four-year-olds and kindergarteners must have at least one eligibility factor may be served.
    • Four-year-olds and kindergarteners with at least one eligibility factor may be served with ECARE slots.
  • ECARE may be used to provide half- or full-day preschool programs
    • In districts with existing full-day kindergarten programs, eligible kindergarteners can be served in full-day kindergarten programs using one .5 FTE ECARE slot per child.
  • Districts have the flexibility to use their ECARE slots differently from year to year.

ECARE Continued:

  • The planning process and application development in districts with existing CPP programs must be guided by the district preschool advisory council.
  • As with all CPP expansions, the award of expansion slots is made through a competitive application.
  • The review panel will consider factors such as the quality of the application, the quality of the program plan, the level of unmet need, the degree of community partnership, district risk factors such as dropout rates and history of unspent or “carryover” funds in the district CPP program. 

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