In 1988, the Colorado General Assembly created the Colorado Preschool Program
(CPP) to serve the young children in Colorado who were most vulnerable to
grade school unprepared. The legislature responsibly recognized that providing
quality early childhood education would ultimately curb dropout rates, help
achieve their full potential, reduce dependence on public assistance, and
susceptibility to criminal activities (22-28-102 C.R.S.). CPP is funded through the Colorado
Public School Finance Formula, and is administered under the Public
School Finance Unit.
Colorado Department of Education.
Each CPP slot provides a half-day of preschool for one child.
For the 2013-2014 school year, the Colorado General Assembly authorized 20,160 traditional CPP slots but also approved an expansion of CPP through an initiative called Early Childhood At-Risk Enhancement, or ECARE. The ECARE expansion included 3,200 additional slots that districts could use flexibly to meet their needs. The data presented here for the 2013-2014 school year include both the traditional CPP slots, as well as ECARE slots allocated to half-day or full-day preschool. The data do not include ECARE slots allocated to provide a full day of kindergarten.