Universal Preschool – UPK Colorado

The SchoolChoice enrollment process for Early Childhood Education (ECE) families will be much different than in previous years due to Colorado voters passing Proposition EE in 2020 which Governor Polis signed into law in April 2022. Along with other Colorado school districts, DPS is working with the Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC) to continue expanding its Early Childhood Education program by rolling out a new enrollment process for Universal Preschool (UPK) Colorado. This new change will provide additional funding opportunities for our ECE-providing schools and district partners, including charter schools and private ECE providers.

What does this mean for DPS students?

  • Universal Preschool (UPK Colorado) ensures that every child, in the year before they are eligible for kindergarten, is eligible for half-day (minimum 15 hours per week) state-funded, voluntary preschool, beginning in the 2023-24 school year provided they complete the UPK Colorado application and attend a school/program that is a participating provider (like DPS).
  • Four-year-olds with qualifying factors are eligible for additional hours of tuition-free preschool.
  • Three-year-olds with qualifying factors are eligible for at least part-time (10 hours per week) preschool programming.

Key Dates

Families must complete both applications to apply to a DPS ECE program. Click here for more details on the application process.

We encourage all families to apply early to best navigate this new process.

If school staff or families have questions about the UPK Colorado process, call 303-866-5223 or email

Click on the images below to view fliers with information on how to apply!