Universal Preschool is coming to Denver

In 2020, Colorado voters passed a ballot initiative (Proposition EE) to provide 10 hours of free preschool to all 4-year-olds in the state. This new program will launch at the beginning of the 2023 school year and each community is now developing a local plan for how that program will be carried out in their area. These plans will be submitted to the state in September 2022.

In Denver, a group of city and non-profit partners have been gathering input from the community about how universal preschool should work here. These partners invited community groups to host meetings with the people they serve or represent to collect input on several key topics:

  • Availability of programs across a range of settings
  • Family access to programs of their choice
  • Distribution of funding across settings
  • Matching supply with demand
View input report

Denver's Local Coordinating Organization (LCO)

A Local Coordinating Organization (LCO), as identified in HB22-1295, is a community agency or organization responsible for supporting local access and equitable delivery of early childhood and family support programs. An LCO fosters partnerships, creates alignment, and establishes a comprehensive, locally supported plan for providing early childhood and family support programs equitably. The LCO will serve as a liaison between families, the local early childhood system and the state.
Denver Preschool Program was chosen by the Colorado Department of Early Childhood to be the LCO for Denver. Denver’s Early Childhood Council is working in partnership with them as Universal Preschool is implemented in our community.