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Early Access

House Bill 08-1021 created the opportunity for Colorado administrative units (AUs) to accelerate highly advanced gifted children under age 4 for kindergarten and/or under age 5 for first grade pursuant to CRS 22-20-204(2).  The Exceptional Children’s Educational Act (ECEA) is Colorado’s primary law with requirements for the implementation of specific elements and procedures for gifted education programs.  ECEA Rules provide AUs guidance for the implementation of early access as well as clarify provisions for AUs to receive state education funds for early access children. 

Early Access Guidance


Early Access Plan


The Early Access Addendum must be submitted to the Office of Gifted Education IF the local Administrative Unit (AU) chooses to permit early access. For the 2016-2020 plans, all AUs that permit early access will update their AU Early Access Addendum and submit as a part of the Comprehensive Program Plan on the ESSU Data Management System.

  • Early Access Addendum Template (DOC) (This is a worksheet only. Submission is via the ESSU Data Management System along with the Comprehensive Program Plan.)


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