Across Colorado, there are just over 60,000 children eligible for the state's new universal preschool program, and administrators expect it will serv

More than 17K families look to apply for universal preschool in new Colorado program’s first enrollment week

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2023-01-25 01:00:08

Across Colorado, there are just over 60,000 children eligible for the state's new universal preschool program, and administrators expect it will serve just over 50% of this population. (Eli Imadali for Colorado Newsline)

With enrollment for Colorado’s new universal preschool program open for just about a week now, thousands of families from every corner of the state are ready to participate.

Kicking off with the 2023-24 school year, children in the year before they enter kindergarten will all be eligible for half-day preschool, or 15 hours a week. Families with certain qualifying factors could be eligible for an additional 15 hours.

As of Jan. 23, 14,812 Coloradans submitted applications while another 2,379 are still in progress, meaning so far a total of 17,191 parents are looking to enroll their kids in universal preschool.

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