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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, try Working Your Way Through the Childcare Maze: A Guide to Help Parents Find and Choose Quality Childcare (PDF).

Colorado Shines can help you identify the best child care solution for you and your family.

Pre-K Now provides a checklist for you to use to assist you in finding 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.

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.

Child Find 
Child Find is part of Colorado's system for identifying children suspected of having a delay in development. ​​Learn more about Child Find evaluations.

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.


Child Care Directories

Colorado Child Care Facility Search

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

Head Start Program Locator

  • Head Start is a federally-funded program operated by various grantees in the state. Eligibility for Head Start preschool is based on income.

Qualistar Resource and Referral Agency

  • Qualistar is a statewide non-profit organization working with child care providers, parents, and communities to improve the quality of early childhood education in Colorado. They can assist you in finding high-quality preschool for your child

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.

Miscellaneous Preschool Resource Links for Families:

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