Gov. Jared Polis visits with preschoolers at the Englewood Early Childhood Education Program at Maddox. 

Enrolling your child for pre-kindergarten classes in the fall?

Below are questions and answers about Colorado's new universal preschool:

Q: What is universal preschool?

A: Last year, lawmakers passed the state’s universal preschool program to provide a half day of Pre-K instruction — 15 hours per week — for all Colorado children the year before they enter kindergarten.

State-funded preschool is increasingly considered a critical part of public education as these programs support early learning to better prepare children for success in school and to reduce achievement gaps.

Q: What is the cost?

A: It’s free for students and their families. The program is state-funded. Each year, the General Assembly will provide enough money for up to 29,360 at-risk children.

Q: When can parents/guardians enroll students?

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A: Starting Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023.

Q: Where do parents apply?

A: On Tuesday, Jan. 17, parents can visit (The site does not go live until Tuesday. More information is at to fill out an application. Children will be matched with roughly 850 providers in mid-February.

While there is no deadline to sign up, families are encouraged to sign up early.

Q: What if I have a question not answered here?

A: Local Coordinating Organizations are designed to support families and providers navigate resources.

More information is at

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