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.
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, which is based on factors defined by the Colorado General Assembly, 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 low-income families that are working, searching for employment or are in training, and families that are enrolled in the Colorado Works Program and need child care services to support their efforts toward self-sufficiency.
Child Find evaluates children from birth to five in a variety of areas, including cognitive functioning, physical functioning, hearing and vision, speech and language, and social and emotional development. Evaluations are conducted by the Child Find team at no cost to parents.
Preschool Special Education
This is a state and federal mandated program for three- and four-year-old children who meet state eligibility criteria of developmental delay or disability and are experiencing challenges in their learning and development.
Child Care Directories
- Use this resource provided by the Colorado Department of Human Services to locate licensed child care 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.
- 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
- 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 Colorado Information Clearinghouse (ECCIC) 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