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  • What are qualifying factors?
    Qualifying factors are child or family circumstances identified by CDEC as having the potential to negatively impact a child’s learning. The qualifying factors adopted in CDEC Rule are as follows: ●Child is identified as low-income (270% of 2023 Federal Poverty Guidelines) ●Child is a dual-language learner and the native language spoken in the child’s home is a language other than English, or the child’s native language is not English. ●Child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP). ●Child is currently in the custody of a state supervised and county administered foster care home or in non-certified kinship care. ●Child is identified as homeless.
  • When will the UPK tuition credit be applied to my account?
    In real-time, meaning that as soon as the tuition is invoiced on the 15th of each month you will also see a tuition credit applied to that amount before the 20th due date.
  • Can I receive BOTH UPK funds and DPP funds?
    YES! Just apply for both! The Denver Preschool Program Tuition Credit Application
  • What if I currently receive other tuition assistance such as CCCAP or CCA, am I still eligible for UPK funding?
    Yes – these funding sources will stack together toward the total tuition rates charged.
  • How many state funded hours are available?
    Families can choose part-time (10 hours/week),or half-day (15 hours/week) of state funded preschool in the year before the child is eligible for kindergarten. Some children will be eligible for additional UPK hours bringing them to full day (30 hours) if they have at least one qualifying factor as described below. UPK Colorado eligibility is independent of a child’s eligibility for CCCAP, Head Start, or local preschool program funding, so families may layer these hours on top of their UPK allocation. Local Coordinating Organizations (LCOs) can help families to navigate the combination of different funding sources for a child’s care. Families are also welcome to work with providers to arrange additional self-funded hours as required.
  • Will I lose my PK/JrK spot if I do NOT apply for the UPK funds?
    Yes, that is possible. As a UPK provider, we advise the state of the maximum number of spots we can offer to 4-year-old students and the system matches applicants to our school with specific weight given to both the continuity of care and sibling(s) factors. Therefore, all spots might be taken by other UPK applicants if you do not apply. It is best to apply early – the UPK registration system opens January 17th!
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