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Colorado Preschool Program

Preschool Team Key Message Intentional consistent high quality early learning experiences for every child

About the Colorado Preschool Program

The Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) is a state-funded early childhood education program administered by the Colorado Department of Education. Each year the General Assembly provides funding for up to 29,360 children considered to be at-risk for later school failure to attend half- or full-day preschool. CPP is managed by local school districts and their preschool advisory councils. Each participating school district is given a predetermined number of half-day positions to serve eligible children. These positions are used to serve preschoolers in either half- or full-day programs in school district settings, local childcare centers, community preschools or Head Start programs.

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2022 CPP Legislative Report

As our nation and the world continues to manage the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado school districts and their local community partners have maintained their commitment to providing high-quality preschool education for our state’s children. Despite the issues posed by the pandemic, CPP again shows positive outcomes for children in the 2020-21 school year. Read more about CPP in the 2022 Legislative Report

HB 19-1194 FAQ

In May of 2019, HB 19-1194 was signed into law. This law, C.R.S. 22-33-106.1, limits the suspensions and expulsions of children in grades preschool through second grade and requires districts to report on any children in these grades who are removed from class, suspended or expelled, and the incident that led to the disciplinary action. In response to this law and data collection requirements, this FAQ was developed to provide guidance on meeting these requirements for preschool programs that serve children with state funds. Read more about the FAQ here.

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