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State-Funded Preschool in Colorado
What is the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP)?
CPP is a state-funded, district-run, preschool program. CPP is intended to serve preschool-aged children who are at risk of starting elementary school unprepared due to individual or family factors. Eligibility determination and the enrollment process are coordinated at a local level.
To find out about CPP options in your community, use the Family Contact Directory to find the school district representative who can help you.
Preschool Special Education and Child Find
Preschool special education is a state and federally mandated program for three and four-year-old children who are experiencing challenges in their learning and development and meet state eligibility criteria for special education and related services.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is my child for CPP?
Child and family qualifying factors must be present in a child’s life in order for a child to be fit for CPP. These factors are determined by the legislature and are not based on income alone. Learn more about legislated eligibility criteria.
What are the age requirements for CPP?
The eligibility date for preschool is the same as the eligibility date for kindergarten in your district. A child must be 3, 4 or 5 by the district's kindergarten age cut-off date, which can be no later than October 1.
- If a child is three-years-old, the child must have three significant family risk factors in their life that put him or her at risk for later school challenges.
- If a child is served as a four- or five-year-old, the child must be age-eligible for kindergarten the next year and have one significant family risk factor present in their lives. They may only participate in CPP for one year.
- If a child is old enough to attend kindergarten, they cannot be funded by CPP to attend a second year in preschool.
If my family moves, will my child stay in CPP?
Since each school district manages its own program, your child’s spot in CPP cannot be transferred. If you move to a new school district, you will need to go through the enrollment process again in the new district. Because resources are limited, availability for placement cannot be guaranteed when a family moves from district to district.
Resources for Families:
- Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC) is your gateway to information and resources about all matters related to the healthy and thriving development of children, birth to age 8.
- PEAK Parent Center
- Find Child Care - Colorado Office of Early Childhood
- Head Start - Head Start programs provide wide-ranging services for low-income children from birth to elementary school at no cost. The program is child-centered, family-focused, and community-based. Head Start Program Locator