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Colorado Preschool Program
COVID-19 and Preschool Through 3rd Grade Education
CDE's Preschool Through 3rd Grade (P-3) Office has gathered resources to help answer questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to our early learners in Preschool Through 3rd Grade during the Stay-At-Home orders and the suspension of in-person learning. The Opening of School 2020-21 resources were prepared as a supplement to the CDE 20-21 School Year Toolkit.
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.
2021 CPP Legislative Report Released
The annual CPP Legislative Report provides highlights about the implementation and effectiveness of the Colorado Preschool Program. The 2021 report provides highlights about the implementation and effectiveness of CPP during the 2019-20 school year. Students who participated in CPP continue to show positive long-term outcomes related to grade retention, Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) assessment, and on-time graduation.