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Information for Families
If you have a preschool child and you need more information on high-quality preschool programs, we would like to help.
How Do I Know What a High-Quality Program Looks Like?
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.
Pre-K Now provides a checklist for you to use to assist you in finding a high-quality preschool for your child: Finding High-Quality Pre-K Checklist (PDF)
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, click here to find the school district contact who can help you with enrollment.
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 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.
Child Care Directories
- 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
- Use this resource provided by the Colorado Department of Human Services to locate licensed childcare facilities in your area.
- Head Start is a federally-funded program operated by various grantees in the state. Eligibility for Head Start preschool is based on income.
- 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.
Miscellaneous Preschool Resource Links 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.
- Early Childhood News: The Professional Resource for Teachers and Parents
- PEAK Parent Center
- Reading Rockets: Reading Tips for Parents of Preschoolers