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Universal Preschool (UPK) Colorado

FREE Preschool

Your 3- or 4-year-old may qualify for Universal Preschool

CALL US AT 303.739.6878 or 303.326.8640 if you have any questions or need details!

All children who reside in Colorado and who turn four before Oct. 1, 2023 will be eligible for Universal Preschool.

Enrollment for the 2023-2024 Universal Preschool Program is now open!

What is Universal Preschool (UPK) Colorado?

The state of Colorado will launch Universal Preschool (UPK) in the 2023-2024 school year. UPK will offer 15 hours a week of state-funded, high-quality, voluntary preschool to every Colorado child who is age 4 in their year before entering kindergarten. Three-year-olds with qualifying factors are eligible for 10 free hours per week. The program is being funded through Colorado House Bill 22-1295 that resulted from the voter-approved nicotine tax measure that passed in November 2020.

Families will apply for UPK through a universal online application. Slots will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis, with considerations made for students who are already enrolled in a preschool program that they wish to continue in. Please indicate which city of Aurora Preschool program you would like to register for.

City of Aurora Preschools will offer a variety of UPK programs at each of our five locations.

City of Aurora Preschool Locations




Beck Preschool

800 Telluride Street

(303) 739-6878

Lowry Preschool

1016 Boston Street #880

(303) 323-8328

Meadowood Preschool

3054 Laredo Street

(303) 326-8304

Summer Valley Preschool

17400 E. LeHigh Place

(303) 326-8676

Village Green Preschool

1300 S. Chambers Circle

(303) 326-8640

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Four-year-old students who have qualifying factors may also qualify for an additional 15 hours of preschool, where available. Full day slots will be limited. The state of Colorado will allocate those slots sometime this summer.

*Three-year-old children with at least one of the qualifying factors are eligible for 10 hours of free preschool. When applying for UPK for a three-year-old, families must select the school district (Aurora Public Schools) as your first choice provider. Once accepted by APS, families can indicate which city of Aurora location you would like to have your child attend in a separate process.

Qualifying factors for extended UPK or UPK for three-year-old students include:

  • A child who lives in a low-income household (270% of the 2023 Federal Poverty Guidelines)
  • A child who has limited English proficiency (a dual-language learner and the native language spoken in the child’s home is a language other than English, or the native language is not English)
  • A child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • A child who is currently in a foster care home or in non-certified kinship care
  • A child who is identified as homeless

Participation in a pre-k environment that is rich in play, activities, learning and positive social interactions help students transition to elementary school with a solid foundation. City of Aurora Preschools is excited to be able to provide UPK for 4-year-old students at all 5 of our Colorado Shines rated schools. Classes will begin Monday, Aug. 14, 2023 and run through May 2024. 

Class schedules will vary at each location, so parents are encouraged to contact us at 303.739.6878 for more information.

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