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Preschool through Third-Grade
We partner with educators and leaders to create seamless high-quality early learning environments for children birth through age eight. We strive for coherence and alignment throughout the P-12 system.
By focusing on strategic issues that support educational policies, the institutional capacity, and adult capabilities that support strong foundations we will promote ready systems that lead to high-quality early learning and literacy for all students preschool through third grade.
Full Day Kindergarten News
CDE has sent informational letters to superintendents, fiscal leads, and Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) directors regarding implementation actions needed with respect to House Bill 19-1262 and House Bill 19-1055. HB 19-1262 provides funding for full-day kindergarten should districts choose to offer it, and HB 19-1055 provides $25 million in formula-based grants related to conducting full-day kindergarten or preschool educational programs.
By Wednesday, June 12, CDE is asking superintendents to complete a survey from CDE that will serve a few purposes: completing required reporting to CDE on district plans for implementing full-day kindergarten, applying for the formula-based grant through HB 19-1005, and enabling CDE to assess the implementation needs across the state.
In April, district CPP coordinators received information about a change to the use of Early Childhood At-Risk Enhancement (ECARE) Program positions contained within HB 19-1262. ECARE positions that have been used to fund full-day kindergarten will now be used to provide preschool for additional at-risk preschoolers. Districts will need to make their intentions known about these ECARE positions as a part of the CPP Annual Report due May 17th.
To learn more about full-day kindergarten, please visit our school readiness page.