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.
Round 2 of SchoolChoice for the current school year remains open until April 2021 for ECE. You may submit a Round 2 ECE application to the school or schools of your choice.
To apply to a preschool program for next school year, you must submit a Round 1 application to your preferred schools anytime during the SchoolChoice window, now through 4 p.m. Feb. 16. To apply, create an account. Then, rank your schools in order of preference (up to 12) and submit your application by the deadline. You’ll be notified of your results in late March.
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.