Universal Pre-K

                                                   

Universal Pre-K (UPK) is a new program Colorado has introduced to help families financially with preschool and child care needs. Below you will find information regarding the program and eligibility requirements.  

Who can take advantage of this program?

1 Year prior to kindergarten WITH QUALIFYING FACTORS

income factor plus 1 additional can qualify your family for up to 30 hours of care per week.

All children in the YEAR BEFORE KINDERGARTEN ARE ELIGIBLE

No qualifying factors are required to be eligible for 15 hours per week 

2 years prior to kindergarten WITH QUALIFYING FACTORS

Income factor plus 1 additional factor can qualify you for up to 10 hours of care per week.

QUALIFYING FACTORS INCLUDE:

      • LOW INCOME
      • HOUSING STATUS
      • DUAL LANGUAGE
      • IEP
      • FOSTER AND KINSHIP CARE

Why should my family participate?

Cost Savings

This program provides a tuition credit, reducing your cost of child care for families

Quality Education

as quality standards are being developed UPK Providers will use an evidenced based curriculum, and work with quality navigators to implement preschool education for children

School Readiness

Preschool is designed to help students be academically and emotionally prepared for future learning whether it be in a classroom, or home based setting.

 

How do I get started?

start at https://upk.colorado.gov/ to apply 

If you need assistance, please call:

719-214-6202

or email Lcoresource@eccslv.org

Additional Information

  • Families can Apply at any time during the year
  • UPK funding can be used in addition to other funding streams such as CCAP
  • families are encouraged to talk with their providers about schedules, and specific funding questions
  • matches are occurring on a consistent basis and families will be notified directly through their preferred contact method about matches and given following instructions
  • Families of eligible 3 year-olds should apply to their home school district