Colorado Preschool and Kindergarten Program: 2007-08 HandbookReport as inadecuate

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The Colorado Preschool and Kindergarten Program (CPKP) began as the Colorado Preschool Project in 1988 when it was authorized to serve 2,000 four and five year olds in need of language development. The General Assembly created this program in recognition of the need to adequately prepare children with specific at-risk factors to learn. The intent was that helping these children at an early age could result in lower dropout rates, less dependence on public assistance, and less involvement with criminal activities. This handbook reflects what is required by CPKP statute, the CPKP rules and regulations and the Colorado Quality Standards for Early Childhood Care and Education Services. The handbook also contains language meant to convey the intent, or spirit, of the law, as well as information from CPKP programs around the state on what it looks like in their community. Readers are advised to reference documents as needed to find the exact language regarding a particular topic. Programming, staffing partnerships, eligibility, learning plans, transitions and assessments are discussed. Frequently asked questions are addressed. Four appendixes are included: (A) ADE Documentation for Preschool, Kindergarten and Early Childhood Special Education; (B) Eligibility Factors Selected Bibliography; (C) Cost Blending Allocation Plan; and (D) Account Sample for Fund 19 Preschool.

Descriptors: Kindergarten, Language Acquisition, Eligibility, Dropout Rate, Children, Child Care, Disabilities, Preschool Children, At Risk Persons, Guides, Welfare Services, State Departments of Education, Accountability, Early Intervention, School Districts, Social Services, Crime Prevention

Colorado Department of Education. State Office Building, 201 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80203. Tel: 303-866-6600; Fax: 303-830-0793; Web site:

Author: Colorado Department of Education


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