Early Childhood Education

Preschool, also called Early Childhood Education or ECE, helps young children develop mentally, socially and emotionally. This strong foundation readies them to enter elementary school and successfully continue their learning. The DPS Early Education program provides quality half- and full-day preschool at more than 80 DPS schools. DPS preschool programs are designed to serve all students, including students with disabilities. Due to limited space, enrollment is not guaranteed; families must apply for the following school year through the SchoolChoice process.

Check out a list of ECE programs at individual DPS schools for 2018-19. A list of programs for the 2019-20 school year is coming soon.

Preschool is a tuition-based program. Tuition is determined on a sliding fee scale by the family household size and gross income, and ranges from free to out-of-district cost. Contact the Early Education Department for more information.

How to enroll
Students who turn 4 on or before Oct. 1 are eligible for 4-year-old preschool programs. Students who turn 3 on or before Oct. 1 are eligible for 3-year-old programs, which are offered at select DPS schools. To enroll, preschoolers must apply through Round 1 of SchoolChoice in January/February for the following school year.

Learn more about DPS Early Childhood Education at 720-423-2678.