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ECARE Slots and the October Count


Early Childhood At-Risk Enhancement (ECARE)

The General Assembly authorized expansions of the Colorado Preschool Program effective for 2014-2015, 2013-2014, and 2018-2019 school years.

  • The expansions include a total of 9,200 child positions funded at .5 FTE
  • ECARE slots have added flexibility for use as half-day preschool, combined for full-day preschool or to provide full-day kindergarten
  • The way districts use their ECARE slots can change from year to year

In the October Count, an ECARE position may not be used:

  •  To fund children with no documented eligibility factors. (Like other CPP positions, three-year-olds must have three risk factors and four-year-olds must have one. Kindergarteners must have one as well.)
  • To combine with a CPP position to serve a single child.  However, two ECARE positions may be combined to create a full day opportunity for an eligible child.
  • To fund a second year of preschool for children served with CPP funds as four-year-olds.
  • To serve kindergarten age eligible children in preschool.
  • To serve kindergarten students who enter a program after the October 1 count window closes

There is no statewide cap on the percentage of the 9,200 ECARE positions that may be used for full-day preschool opportunities for eligible children.​

  • NOTE:  The 5% statewide cap still applies to the existing 20,160 CPP positions. Districts with existing CPP allocations will still be provided an opportunities to apply to use two .5 CPP FTE positions in order to create a full-day opportunity for eligible preschoolers.

More Information

If you have any questions about the October or November count please contact Liz Schroeder at 303-866-6783 or

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