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Preschool Through 3rd Grade Office

COVID-19 and Preschool Through 3rd Grade Education

CDE's Preschool Through 3rd Grade Office has gathered resources to help answer questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to our early learners in Preschool Through 3rd Grade.

Preschool Through 3rd Grade Office Hours      FAQs and P-3 Guidance During COVID -19      Spring 2020 Assessment Requirements

About Us


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.​

READ Act and CPP Results Matter Assessment requirements 

At this time, CDE is not planning any changes to assessment requirements for the Colorado READ Act or the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) Results Matter program. The department will closely follow the school and preschool program restart progress as well as continuity of in-person instruction to determine whether any adjustments to assessment requirements should be made. 

CDE suspended spring 2020 K-3 READ Act and CPP Results Matter assessment requirements due to the suspension of in-person learning per the Governor’s Executive Orders. The department did not collect spring reading assessment data and is basing per pupil intervention funding for the 2020-21 school year on 2019-20 information.

Preschool Through 3rd Grade (P-3) Approach

A growing body of research supports the knowledge that academic and social skills acquired by age eight provide the foundation for lifelong learning and success. The first decade of a child’s life is the most opportune time to influence learning paths and ensure the very best outcomes for all children. A high functioning Preschool Through 3rd Grade system is built on this knowledge.

 We encourage the submission of questions before the Office Hours. Staff will answer survey questions during the webinar, however, participants are free to ask questions during the webinar. 

The Preschool Through 3rd Grade Office includes the following teams:

  • Preschool (Colorado Preschool Program and Preschool Special Education)
  • Collaborative Projects
  • Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade Literacy (READ Act)
  • Data and Decision Sciences

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Preschool Through 3rd Grade Office Hours

To support the field and provide ongoing updates, the Preschool Through 3rd Grade Office will be holding "office hours" via webinar, weekly beginning March 23rd. Each team has posted the hours and a Google Form below that can be used by the field to submit questions.

  • Preschool - questions related to the Colorado Preschool Program, Preschool Special Education, and Child Find for children from birth through age 5.
  • Collaborative Projects - questions related to Early Literacy Grants, Early Literacy Assessment Tool (ELAT), and school readiness.
  • Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade Literacy - questions related to the READ Act.
  • Data and Decision Sciences - questions related to Results Matter, READ Act and Kindergarten Readiness assessments.

Answers to questions from previous office hours