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Free preschool in Colorado: How to apply for universal pre-K

A student teacher works with preschoolers at Lowry Elementary in Denver. Colorado’s free preschool application opens Jan. 17.

Carl Glenn Payne II for Chalkbeat

Inside Colorado’s free preschool initiative

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The parent application for Colorado’s new free preschool program opened at 8 a.m. on Tuesday — a major milestone in the march toward the program’s launch next summer. 

The program, funded in part by a voter-approved nicotine tax, will offer 10 to 15 hours a week of tuition-free preschool to 4-year-olds statewide, with some eligible for 30 hours a week. In addition, some 3-year-olds will be eligible for 10 hours a week.

Free preschool in Colorado

The application for free preschool is open. Families who fill out the application by Feb. 14, will find out what preschool their child matched with around March 17.

Fill out the application here

State officials expect about 30,000 children to opt into the universal preschool program in its first year. That’s about half the number that will be eligible. 

Here’s what families need to know about the online preschool application: 

Who gets free preschool and what age do they have to be?

Three groups of children qualify: 4-year-olds, some 3-year-olds who need extra help, and a small number of 5-year-olds who are too young for kindergarten.

Let us explain. The new preschool program is designed for children in the year before they go to kindergarten — children who turn 4 before the state’s Oct. 1 cutoff date. The state will pay for 15 hours a week of preschool for these students at no cost to parents. Some preschool providers may offer only 10 hours a week — for example, a school district that offers K-12 classes only four days a week. 

Some 4-year-olds will get 30 hours of free preschool a week, including those from lower-income families, who speak a language besides English at home, are homeless, in foster care, or have disabilities.  

The new preschool program will also cover 10 hours a week of preschool for 3-year-olds in these same groups. 

What about 5-year-olds who aren’t in kindergarten yet?

Some 5-year-olds will qualify for free preschool and some won’t. Children who live in school districts with kindergarten cutoff dates before Oct. 1 will qualify if they turn 5 after the district’s cutoff date and before Oct. 1. For example, a child in a district where children must turn 5 by Aug. 1 to attend kindergarten, will qualify for free preschool if they turn 5 in September. (The application may indicate these children are not eligible. State officials say families should contact the group coordinating universal preschool in their area if this happens. Search this county-by-county list to find contact information for the right local group.)

Five-year-olds who could go to kindergarten but have been held out by their families — a practice often called redshirting — won’t be able to get free preschool through the new state program.  

What do I need to fill out the application? Are there income requirements?

Many families will need about 15 minutes and not much else. The application is offered in English, Spanish, and Arabic, and parents should be able to complete the application on a cell phone or computer. 

Families whose household income qualifies their 4-year-olds for extra hours or allows them to enroll a 3-year-old will need to upload documents that prove their income. Families that earn up to 270% of the federal poverty limit — about $81,000 a year for a family of four — fall into this category.

If that describes you, this FAQ lays out which documents the state will accept for proof of household income.  

Families who qualify for 3-year-old preschool or extra hours of 4-year-old preschool for reasons other than income levels — perhaps their child has a disability or is learning English — won’t need to show proof of income.

Check this FAQ for details about which documents the state will accept for proof of household income.     

How do I know how many hours my child will get?

The online application system will tell you how many hours your child is eligible for after you enter a few pieces of information. There are four possibilities: 

  • Not eligible: Your child is too young, too old, or doesn’t live in Colorado.
  • 10 hours: If your child is 3 and meets one or more of the eligibility criteria.
  • 15 hours: If your child is 4. 
  • 30 hours: If your child is 4 and meets one or more of the eligibility criteria.

Can I pick my child’s preschool?

Yes. Families will be asked to pick up to five preschools they’d like their child to attend and will be able to rank their choices. Options include school-based preschools, church-based preschools, preschool programs inside child care centers, and state-licensed home-based preschools. 

Search and map functions are available to narrow down the choices. You can look for the program your child already attends or explore new options. Children will be prioritized for a spot in a preschool if they’re already enrolled there, if a sibling is enrolled there, or if a parent works there. 

There are some cases where preschool providers may not accept a preschool match made by the application system. For example, a school-based preschool might turn away a child who lives outside district boundaries or an employer-based preschool that mainly provides care to children of company employees may not enroll the child of a non-employee. (During the application process, parents will see a blue banner indicating if selected preschools prioritize certain students.) 

My child has a disability. What preschools can I pick?

If your child has a special education plan — officially called an Individualized Education Program, or IEP — your child will be served in a preschool classroom run by your school district. That’s because of the way special education laws are written.

If your child doesn’t have an IEP and you’re worried about a developmental delay, contact Child Find, the state’s early intervention program for 3- to 5-year-olds.

My child is 3. What preschools can I pick?

Three-year-olds will mostly be served in preschool classrooms run by their school districts. Some 3-year-olds may have non-school options, but only if their district partners with private preschools. That’s because of the way the state’s preschool law is written.

Parents of 3-year-olds won’t be able to select specific preschools on the state application. Instead, they’ll select their local school district. That’s because school districts are in charge of matching 3-year-olds to specific preschool programs.

What if I don’t see my child’s provider on the list?

Preschool providers don’t have to participate in the state’s universal preschool program, but more than 1,000 have chosen to and more are expected to sign up. State officials say if parents don’t find the preschool they want listed in the application system, they should reach out to the preschool provider and encourage them to sign up.  

What if I need more hours than what my preschooler is eligible for?

You can still pay for extra hours above and beyond what the state covers for free, as long as the preschool offers more hours. You can also see if you qualify for financial help through other means, such as the state’s child care subsidy program for low-income families, called the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program. 

Do I need to fill out the application right away?

Families who fill out the application by Feb. 24, the deadline for the first round of applications, will have more options and find out sooner which preschool they matched with.

The first application window runs from Jan. 17 to Feb. 24. (The original end date was Feb. 14, but state officials extended it.) Families will find out their match on March 30. State officials said families can still apply after Feb. 24, including through spring and summer.

I filled out the state’s preschool application. Do I have to fill out my school district’s school choice application, too?

Possibly. Some districts also want parents to fill out school choice forms if they want a spot in a district-run preschool. That includes Denver and Jeffco, the two largest school districts. If you choose a district-run option, check your local district’s enrollment website to see if they want you to apply there as well.

The state application will determine whether your child qualifies for free preschool and if so, for how many hours. It will also match 4-year-olds to a specific preschool. The district school choice system collects more information so that children can be enrolled in the program they matched with. For 3-year-olds, the district choice system is where families get matched with a specific preschool.

If families fail to fill out the district choice form, district officials they’ll reach out and work with them to get it done. In some cases, delays in filling out the district form could mean families end up with fewer preschool options.

What if I decide against the preschool my child was matched with?

You can reject the preschool match the state makes for you. However it’s possible you’ll have to resubmit your application.

When does free preschool start in Colorado?

Not until August or September, whenever the preschool program you matched with starts. Families will find out their matches sooner, but tuition coverage doesn’t kick in until late summer.

My child qualifies for free preschool. Can my preschool charge extra tuition or fees?

Yes and no. It depends how many hours of care your child needs each week. 

Preschools participating in Colorado’s universal preschool program cannot charge families additional money — tuition, supply fees, or activity fees — for the free hours the child is eligible for through the state program. 

However, preschools are allowed to charge for any additional hours they provide to a child above the number of free hours granted through the state. For example, if a 4-year-old receives 20 hours of preschool a week, but is only eligible for 15 free hours, the provider can charge tuition for the additional five hours, plus supply or activity fees for that extra time.

I have more questions. What should I do?

You have three options: 

  • Check out the state’s universal preschool frequently asked questions page.
  • Contact the local group that’s coordinating the universal preschool program in your county or region. Here’s a county-by-county list of all the groups — the state calls them Local Coordinating Organizations or LCOs — with email addresses. 
  • Contact the state’s help desk from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays. The number is 303-866-5223 and the email is [email protected]

Do you have a question you don’t see answered here or can’t find the answer to elsewhere? Let us know at [email protected] and we’ll do our best to find an answer.  

Ann Schimke is a senior reporter at Chalkbeat, covering early childhood issues and early literacy. Contact Ann at [email protected].

Tuition-Free Preschool

Through a grant from the state, Preschool Promise offers free, full-day preschool for 3 and 4-year-old children from income-eligible families, in a variety of classroom settings throughout Clackamas County.

A quality preschool experience makes a major difference in a child’s successful preparation for kindergarten. 

More About Preschool Promise

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Participating Schools

Head Start

Head Start serves children ages 3 to 5.  Early Head Start serves pregnant women and children birth to three. The program is 100% free, and designed to:

  • Help families find resources in the community
  • Help parents gain positive parenting skills
  • Help children get ready for school

Contact a local program serving Clackamas County to get more information or apply:

Clackamas County Children’s Commission (ClackCoKids) -Head Start, Early Head Start –

Head Start to Success- Head Start (Clackamas Education Service District)

Oregon Child Development Coalition (OCDC) head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, Preschool Promise

Preschool Promise and Head Start Qualification Self -Check

Please review the income limits in the chart as well as the requirements below to see which program your family qualifies for before applying.  

About Preschool Promise

Additional Information

Every child has remarkable potential to learn and succeed in school—the key is to start early!

Through a state grant, The Early Learning Hub of Clackamas County, along with local high-quality preschool programs,  is now offering a free full-day preschool program called Preschool Promise. Families with children 3 or 4 years old, who are at or below 200% of the federal poverty level may be eligible for this program.

A child’s learning during their preschool years is critical; it determines their kindergarten starting point. Students who enter kindergarten behind have a monumental undertaking to catch up with their classmates.  Preschool Promise can help your child be prepared! Children in Preschool Promise classrooms will practice the social, emotional, and academic skills they need to be successful in Kindergarten and beyond!

If you are interested in learning more about Preschool Promise, and your child’s eligibility for programs in our area, click ‘Apply Now’ to complete our screening form.  

Learn about all of our potential Preschool Promise sites below


Please review the requirements below to see if you believe your family qualifies before applying. If your family is close on the income requirement, or you are unsure if you qualify, please call (971)-990-5677 so we can review with you. 

1)  Child must be 3 or 4 as of Sept 1, 2022

2)  Family must live in Oregon, but does not have to live in Clackamas County

3)  Household must have an income lower than or equal to the income chart (above) for their household size

**Exception: Children in foster care are eligible to attend if they meet the first two requirements regardless of foster family income. 

Completion of the screening form does not guarantee enrollment in a Preschool Promise program.  

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Participating Preschools

Early Horizons
Sunshine Early Learning Childcare Center
Sunshine Early Learning Childcare Center

7:30-2:30 Monday thru Thursday 

After care provided with a fee 2:30-5:30.   

 201 Engle Avenue 

Molalla Oregon 97038 

  Phone 503-829- 3444

Sunshine Early Learning Childcare Center
Sunshine Early Learning Childcare Center
Sunshine Early Learning Childcare Center

 Monday-Thursday 8am-3pm 

  We offer transportation within 3 miles  – call for more information.   We offer aftercare ONLY –  no before care – and we are closed to children on Fridays.   

 10801 SE Main Street

Milwaukie, OR 97222


Oak Grove Elementary School
Sunshine Early Learning Childcare Center
Colton Elementary & Preschool

Monday-Thursday, 9:30am-4:30pm
Meals Included

Transportation Provided (west of 205)

2150 SE Torbank Rd,
Portland, OR 97222
Phone:  503-353 -5520 

Multilanguage flyer

Colton Elementary & Preschool
Gladstone Teaching Preschool
Colton Elementary & Preschool

Monday-Thursday 7:30am-2:30pm

 Transportation & extended hours available for a fee.

30429 S Grays Hill Rd

Colton, Oregon 97017

Phone: 503-824-3536

Maryam’s Preschool
Gladstone Teaching Preschool
Gladstone Teaching Preschool

 Monday-Thursday  7:30-1:30 

 Meals provided, 

extended care available with a fee 

4320 Harvey Way 

Lake Oswego, OR 97035

Phone: 503-699-6499   

Gladstone Teaching Preschool
Gladstone Teaching Preschool
Gladstone Teaching Preschool

 Monday-Tue-Thur-Friday  9am-3pm

Wednesdays 9am-2pm 


18905 Portland Ave 

Gladstone, OR 97027



Cheerful Hearts Day School
Oregon Trail School District – Sandy Grade School
Happy Valley Montessori School

 Monday-Thursday, 9:00am to 3:00pm 

 25353 SE Rugg Rd,

Damascus, OR 97089

Phone:  971-930-3022 

Happy Valley Montessori School
Oregon Trail School District – Sandy Grade School
Happy Valley Montessori School

 Monday-Thursday 8:15am-3:15pm, Fridays 8:15am-1pm  

 Provides snacks and beverages 

ENROLLMENT IS FULL  (Waitlist only)

14543 SE Marci Way 

Clackamas, OR 97015

Phone: (503) 698-2333
https://happyvalleymontessori. com 

Oregon Trail School District – Sandy Grade School
Oregon Trail School District – Sandy Grade School
Oregon Trail School District – Sandy Grade School

 Monday-Thursday from 8am-3pm.


  38955 Pleasant St. 

Sandy, OR 97055

Phone: 503-668-8065

Oregon Child Development Colition – Mulino
Oregon Child Development Colition – Mulino
Oregon Trail School District – Sandy Grade School

 13700 S Freeman Rd 

Mulino, OR 97042

Phone: 503-759-6232

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Early childhood is an important period in a child’s development. Children learn a lot during the first 7 years of their life and acquire all the necessary abilities, as well as develop physical, social, emotional and educational skills. A child at preschool age is able to absorb a huge amount of information, gain basic knowledge and hone the skills that are necessary for further learning.

Educational materials for preschool children

Early development of a child is important as it provides the basis for future school achievements. Teaching preschoolers is effective only if the child is interested in learning and the activity gives him pleasure.

Taking into account the three most important characteristics of children’s and preschool education – “play, knowledge, activity” – we have created for you the opportunity to print educational worksheets, didactic and board games, exciting tasks and many other materials for children from 1 to 7 years old. Bright worksheets and didactic games help children learn and improve all kinds of skills in a playful way.

Fine motor skills and handwriting for children

The development of fine motor skills is an extremely important stage for children. Educational activities with colorful worksheets will develop the habit of regular study. You can choose and print materials for preschoolers that he will like:

  • educational games for sorting objects;
  • worksheets for finding matching pairs or matches;
  • tasks for the development of graphomotor skills and training of children’s writing skills;
  • educational coloring pages;
  • templates for cutting and crafts.

Math games, activities and worksheets for toddlers and preschoolers

At the age of 2-3 years, children are introduced to numbers and counting up to 10. They can recognize geometric shapes and solve simple problems. Math activities for preschoolers will help develop children’s thinking and good performance in school. Some helpful tips from Wunderkiddy:

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Educational games for preschoolers on logic and critical thinking

You can learn to make the right decisions and think rationally even at preschool age. On our website, you can print educational games for logic and thinking for free to teach children to assess the situation and make the most correct and effective decisions.

Free Craft & Craft Templates

Print out paper craft templates and encourage toddlers’ creativity with crafts to decorate and play with. During creative activities, children develop imagination and thinking. Children also train other necessary skills: fine motor skills, cutting, logical and spatial thinking.

Games and tasks for the development of children’s memory

Printed educational memory games develop the child’s ability to acquire knowledge and memorize large amounts of information. The activities also help the child better organize and remember their daily tasks: cleaning the room, putting pencils in a pencil case, brushing their teeth, or helping parents with simple household chores.

Thematic worksheets and games for each child

The correct choice of the topic of the material is the key to a successful developmental lesson. If you choose a worksheet or print out an educational game on a topic that is interesting for the child, then he will be purposeful, interested and active.

Many tasks require attention and perseverance of preschoolers. For children, this can be a problem if they do things they don’t like.

Materials for the development and entertainment of children at home and not only

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  4. For some toys, you will need additional materials, such as Velcro electronic games, small cars, crayons or glue.
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Development of preschool children

The period of preschool age of children in Russia falls on the time of attending kindergarten – 3-7 years. Ideally, children receive a comprehensive, age-appropriate education in a group, but there are situations when parents want more advanced education or the child does not attend kindergarten. Then all sorts of circles, development schools, online courses, and so on come to the rescue.

Today we will consider the most popular developmental activities for children aged 3 to 7 years.

The goal of early childhood development

Why develop preschool children? This question has a right to exist. indeed, when viewed from the outside, children are inquisitive and active enough to develop on their own. However, the overestimated requirements of the modern world change the vector of development from natural to accelerated.

It is at preschool age that the foundation for the unborn child is laid: thinking, memory, psyche, independence, self-esteem. Parents should choose classes and circles, taking into account the wishes of the child and encouraging any results.

It is best to proceed in development from the needs of the child and combine activities so that all areas of the personality are covered:

  • memory and thinking;
  • mind and emotions;
  • growth and physical development.

What classes to choose, we will consider further.

Additional activities for preschool children

Comprehensive development of children helps them to become intellectual, independent, sociable, purposeful in the future.

Development of memory and thinking

Children’s memory is very flexible and directly depends on the emotional background. Preschoolers are great at remembering the information that evoked emotions in them. That is why it is important to choose the right teachers and training programs. Monotonous reading or instructions will not give results, but bright pictures, poems and videos will bear fruit.

By the age of 6, the child begins to understand the causal relationship, to monitor his actions, at this age, teachers recommend starting preparation for school.

Development of the psyche and emotions

Psycho-emotional development of a child – a start for a healthy self-awareness. Excessive loading of the child with activities, games and circles greatly depletes the body, therefore, along with intelligence, it is important to fill the child with positive emotions:

  • trips to the circus and theater;
  • joint games with peers;
  • watching movies and cartoons with parents;
  • travel.

It is up to adults whether a child grows up as a full-fledged personality. His behavior and hobbies should be encouraged and accepted.

Physical development of a preschool child

It is customary to devote most of the time to physical development: swimming, tennis, athletics, football, martial arts – all these circles are available to children even in state kindergartens.