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More Information for Families

How Do I Know What a High-Quality Program Looks Like?

If you have a preschool child and you need more information on high-quality preschool programs, we would like to help. If you're just getting started on a preschool search,  Colorado Shines can help you identify the best childcare solution for you and your family.

State and Federally Funded Options

Colorado Preschool Program

CPP is a state-funded program. Determination of eligibility and enrollment 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 with enrollment.

Learn more about CPP.

Colorado Child Care Assistance Program

The Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) provides financial assistance to families that need help affording quality child care.

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.

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


Child Care Directories

Child Care Resource and Referral 

  • Child Care Resource & Referrals (CCR&R) specialists help families by providing referrals to childcare, financial assistance information, and education about the quality and availability of care. Working within their communities, CCR&Rs identify early care and education needs and focus on enhancing the quality and availability of services through recruiting, training, and supporting childcare providers.
  • Phone: 877-338-2273

Colorado Child Care Facility Search

  •  Use this resource provided by the Colorado Department of Human Services to locate licensed childcare facilities in your area.

NAEYC Accredited Programs

  • The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) maintains a list of programs that are currently accredited to assist individuals in finding NAEYC-accredited programs in their area. This list is updated with new accreditation decisions on the fifth (5th) day of every month.

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