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Nearly 27,500 Families Accepted Matches in First Two Rounds of Universal Preschool Colorado, Saving Coloradans $164.7 Million

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Tuesday, June 20, 2023
Hope Shuler | hope.shuler@state.co.us

 

Nearly 27,500 Families Accepted Matches in First Two Rounds of Universal Preschool Colorado, Saving Coloradans $164.7 Million
Seats are available in every county and families can still apply to participate


DENVER — 
With the first two rounds of Universal Preschool (UPK) Colorado complete, 27,457 families have accepted their provider matches and their children will attend the state-funded high-quality, voluntary mixed delivery preschool program this fall. Between the first two rounds, 90.7 percent of children were matched to any of their chosen providers and 78.6 percent of families were matched to their first choice. 

“We are excited that over 90 percent of families are matched with a high-quality provider, saving families over $164 million across the state. As universal preschool in Colorado welcomes the first class of students this fall, we are ensuring the youngest Coloradans have a strong start while putting money back into the pockets of hardworking families, and we encourage anyone who has not yet signed up to do so today at UPK.Colorado.Gov,” said Gov. Polis.

“We are so pleased with the number of families that have accepted their provider matches and are well on their way to attending preschool in August. We are equally excited about the fact that we have seats available in every single county within the state so we have the chance to get more families signed up to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Dawn Odean, Universal Preschool Colorado Director. 

There are seats available in every county in the state, and families can still apply to participate. The chart below includes a county-by-county breakdown of availability.

Families that participate in Universal Preschool Colorado save $6,000 per year on average, equating to roughly $164.7 million in savings that families around Colorado will be able to put towards everyday use.

Families that declined their match in the first or second rounds are still able to submit new program choices and repeat the matching process. Coloradans can also work directly with their Local Coordinating Organization, which can help families find a program where there are current openings available.

Families seeking to participate in Universal Preschool Colorado that have not yet applied can continue to sign up and make provider rankings for their child. Two additional rounds of matching are planned for the summer. Enrollment will continue on a rolling basis, so families can log in to UPK.Colorado.Gov to find a provider in their area. There is no deadline to sign up.

Free universal preschool is estimated to save families thousands of dollars every year and will put Colorado’s youngest learners on the path to success. There are 1,930 providers to date that have chosen to participate in this program that will help save families money.

County Total Seats Children Matched Available Seats % of Available Seats # of 4-year-olds in County
Adams 4,943 3,269 1,674 34% 6,726
Alamosa 183 58 125 68% 199
Arapahoe 8,798 3,876 4,922 56% 7,697
Archuleta 60 34 26 43% 109
Baca 44 11 33 75% 48
Bent 157 31 126 80% 44
Boulder 3,988 1,903 2,085 52% 2,587
Broomfield 768 525 243 32% 783
Chaffee 204 119 85 42% 151
Cheyenne 23 7 16 70% 8
Clear Creek 42 26 16 38% 88
Conejos 80 45 35 44% 101
Costilla 42 17 25 60% 30
Crowley 25 8 17 68% 30
Custer 33 17 16 48% 26
Delta 293 130 163 56% 272
Denver 6,740 4,018 2,722 40% 7,501
Dolores 26 4 22 85% 9
Douglas 3,628 2,705 923 25% 3,706
Eagle 600 364 236 39% 541
El Paso 4,487 3,225 1,262 28% 8,895
Elbert 173 145 28 16% 275
Fremont 336 142 194 58% 409
Garfield 844 361 483 57% 753
Gilpin 58 8 50 86% 17
Grand 101 62 39 39% 135
Gunnison 147 120 27 18% 147
Hinsdale 16 4 12 75% 4
Huerfano 81 25 56 69% 48
Jackson 10 8 2 20% 7
Jefferson 5,060 3,171 1,889 37% 5,837
Kiowa 44 12 32 73% 11
Kit Carson 101 43 58 57% 94
La Plata 437 255 182 42% 104
Lake 74 5 69 93% 396
Larimer 2,937 1,801 1,136 39% 3,551
Las Animas 142 32 110 77% 142
Lincoln 84 32 52 62% 73
Logan 202 97 105 52% 197
Mesa 1,185 782 403 34% 1,603
Mineral 18 7 11 61% 4
Moffat 220 73 147 67% 162
Montezuma 227 108 119 52% 258
Montrose 347 184 163 47% 366
Morgan 639 205 434 68% 405
Otero 241 106 135 56% 214
Ouray 49 25 24 49% 25
Park 91 50 41 45% 159
Phillips 87 44 43 49% 55
Pitkin 126 82 44 35% 132
Prowers 222 96 126 57% 157
Pueblo 1,328 613 715 54% 1,843
Rio Blanco 72 14 58 81% 54
Rio Grande 95 50 45 47% 133
Routt 297 152 145 49% 243
Saguache 88 31 57 65% 50
San Juan 10 1 9 90% 3
San Miguel 46 39 7 15% 75
Sedgwick 42 9 33 79% 22
Summit 224 180 44 20% 215
Teller 201 81 120 60% 182
Washington 93 54 39 42% 51
Weld 4,718 2,367 2,351 50% 4,721
Yuma 189 123 66 35% 154
Totals 56,866 32,191 24,675 43% 63,037


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The Colorado Department of Early Childhood ensures the delivery of a comprehensive, community-informed, data-driven, high-quality and equitable early childhood system that supports the care, education and well-being of all Colorado’s young children, their families and early childhood professionals in all settings.

Learn more about the Colorado Department of Early Childhood at cdec.colorado.gov.