Colorado Preschool Program News
- Preschool Programs Succeed in Colorado Shines
Congratulations to the 64 school districts across the state who have preschool programs that have achieved levels 3-5 in Colorado Shines. These preschools have demonstrated their commitment to offering high quality programs for some of Colorado's youngest children. To view all districts with a level 3-5 rated preschool program click here.
- New for 2016-17 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. Click the link above to view the memo.
- 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.
- Did you know?
Any child who receives CPP funding is considered a school district student, even if they are served through a community provider.
Colorado Preschool Program
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 young children who are at risk for starting elementary school unprepared. Each year the General Assembly provides preschool funding for 20,160 children who have certain risk factors in their lives that are associated with later challenges in school. In 2013 and 2014, the General Assembly expanded CPP through the Early Childhood At-Risk Enhancement (ECARE) program which provided more flexible funding to offer half- or full-day kindergarten for an additional 8,200 young children. With the expansion, CPP can serve as many as 28,360 eligible children each year.