Early Childhood Education

Students in a circle in class

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. Students who turn 4 on or before Oct. 1 are eligible for 4-year-old preschool programs and for funding from the Denver Preschool Program. Students who turn 3 on or before Oct. 1 are eligible for 3-year-old programs, which are offered at select DPS schools. Due to limited space, enrollment is not guaranteed.


To apply to a preschool program for the 2021-22 school year, you may create an account and submit a Round 2 ECE application to your preferred schools. Round 2 for ECE is open now through early April 2022.

Round 2 applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the application is received, your student will be placed on a waitlist while the school processes the application. If the school has available space, your student will be approved and enrolled.


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.

2021-2022 Tuition Billing Information – Spanish


Contact the DPS Early Childhood Education at 720-423-2678 for more information.
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