Understanding Qualifying Factors in UPK Colorado 

Some children may be eligible for more than 15 hours a week of free preschool if: 

  • The child is in the year before they are eligible for kindergarten AND
  • The child’s family household income is below 270% of the 2023 federal poverty guideline AND
  • The child has at least one additional qualifying factor (see below)

The qualifying factors are: 

  • Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • Homelessness
  • Dual language learner
  • Foster/kinship care


IMPORTANT NOTE: Additional hours are not guaranteed as they depend on confirmation of a family’s eligibility and available funding.

Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP)

If you do not qualify for additional UPK funding, you may qualify for support through the CCCAP. Learn more about CCCAP eligibility and how to apply.