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Universal Preschool Program

New Preschool Program For Colorado Families

*This webpage will be updated as we receive more information from the Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC)*

Beginning in the 2023-24 school year, the Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC) will fund up to 15 hours per week of high-quality, voluntary preschool for every child in Colorado for the year before entering Kindergarten (Pre-K).

The Universal Preschool Program (UPK) 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. UPK is a result of Colorado voters passing Proposition EE in 2020.

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Starting in the 2023-24 school year, Jeffco families will be able to take advantage of up to 15 hours per week of free preschool provided by the CDEC.

NEW: Preschool Enrollment Process for 2023-24 School Year

4 Year Olds (Students that turn 4 on or before October 1, 2023)

  1. Families will create an account to apply for preschool through the Universal Preschool Program (UPK) family portal beginning January 17.
    • Complete application as needed
    • Select and rank their choice of providers
    • Families must provide proof of income if you wish to apply for funding beyond the 15 hours/week under the UPK program
    • Review and submit the application
  2. Families will then need to go to EnrollJeffco to complete the enrollment process to be matched to their choice Jeffco preschool
    • Families should submit an application in EnrollJeffco to the program titled, Colorado Universal Preschool
    • Families will also be asked to upload documents to help expedite the match process and the registration process once matched with a school

3 Year Olds (Students that turn 3 on or before October 1, 2023)

  1. Families will apply for preschool through EnrollJeffco for all preschool programs at Jeffco neighborhood schools, charter schools and option schools beginning January 17.
  2. Qualifying 3-year-olds are able to apply for funding through the Universal Preschool Program (UPK) for the 2023-24 school year.

Preschool Enrollment Offers

Preschool enrollment through UPK and EnrollJeffco is now underway. The Round 1 application window closes on February 14. Preschool offers will be shared in late February.


January 17, 2023:

Preschool applications open for the 2023-24 school year.

February 14, 2023:

Preschool enrollment Round 1 for 3- and 4-year-olds closes.

Frequently Asked Questions about Universal Preschool

Read frequently asked questions and find the most up-to-date information on the Universal Preschool Program on the following websites:

If you have further questions about Jeffco’s Preschool Program and how to apply for Universal Preschool, please contact Jeffco’s Early Learning Department. 

Early Learning Department
Phone: 303-982-1737
Email: JeffcoEarly[email protected]

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