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Universal Preschool Program for 4 Year Old Students

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In the fall of 2020, Colorado voters approved a nicotine tax measure (Proposition EE) that will fund universal free preschool for 4-year-olds statewide starting in the fall of 2023. Children in the program would have 10 hours of free preschool.

The Thompson School District’s Early Childhood Program anticipates implementing Universal Preschool for 4-year-old children in the fall of 2023. The child must be 3 or 4 years old on or before October 1, 2023. For more information regarding this program, view the Colorado Universal Preschool Program Details on the Colorado Department of Early Childhood website.

UPK Colorado applications opened on January 17th, 2023. Universal Preschool (UPK) Colorado allows families to choose the right setting for their child, whether it is in a licensed community-based, school-based or home-based preschool setting. Families of children in the year before they are eligible for kindergarten, and qualifying 3-year-olds, are able to apply for UPK Colorado for the 2023-24 school year. Here is the link to the application: UPK Application

For information about the application and registration process, review the Universal Preschool Registration page.

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