Enroll in Preschool

  • The Early Childhood Education office is closed for Christmas Break from December 19, 2022, until January 2, 2023. We will return to normal business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30-3:30, on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

    No acceptance letters will be sent during this time. You can apply for a preschool spot through our online application (https://www.d49.org/Page/6168).

    Applications and emails received during this time will be processed and answered in the order they were received, once we return. 

    Joy and Comfort for your holiday season!


    The Colorado Universal Preschool (UPK), signed into law by Governor Polis, does not take effect until the 2023-2024 school year. We have not yet received guidance from the state and the selected El Paso County lead, Joint Initiatives for Youth and Families, about the application and placement process. Please continue to check our webpage often for updates. We appreciate your patience.   

    We are not accepting any applications for the 2023-2024 school year at this time. If you complete the current application, your child will be on the waitlist for this school year, 2022-2023. Waitlists do not roll from one year to another. School years start in August and end the following year in May.  

    Our online preschool application is now available to apply for any possible openings for the 2022-2023 school year. Your child will be placed on a waitlist, and we will notify you as soon as possible about availability. 
    Qualifying for Preschool. You must be a resident of District 49 to qualify for preschool in the district, and your child must have received a spot in one of our classrooms before you can enroll. Spots are granted based on the qualifications listed below. If you have questions, email the early childhood office at preschool@d49.org or call 719.494.8840. The office is located at 3850 Pony Tracks Drive in Colorado Springs and is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. when school is in session.

    If your child has an individual education plan, and you are moving into District 49, please call 719.494.8841 for enrollment information.
    District Preschool Classes
    • Four half-day classes per week, Monday-Thursday (hours vary by school) 
    • Ages 3-5 (if not yet eligible for kindergarten), fully potty-trained, living within District 49 boundaries 
    • Placement based on a lottery system 
    • Fee Schedule (subject to change):  
      • $300 per month for four half days
    Colorado Preschool Program
    • Children considered to be at educational risk can apply for the Colorado Preschool Program.
    • Ages 3-5 (if not yet eligible for kindergarten), fully potty-trained, living within District 49 boundaries
    • Students must go through a screening and meet certain risk criteria set by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) 
    • If accepted, children attend 4 half days per week, Monday-Thursday
    • Tuition paid by the State if qualifications are met
    To apply for the program in one of our district preschool classrooms, please complete the CPP Application and bring with your child’s birth certificate, proof of residence and parent or guardian identification to the Early Childhood Office at 3850 Pony Tracks Drive in Colorado Springs. If your home/neighborhood school is Evans International Elementary School or Falcon Elementary School of Technology, please contact CPCD at 719-635-1536 for the appropriate forms and instructions.
    Special Needs Services
    • Offered Monday-Thursday 
    • Children with educational disabilities receive services in integrated preschool classrooms, and each student attends based on his or her individual education plan. 
    • Ages 3-5, living within District 49 boundaries 
    • No fee required with active IEP

    Community Partnership for Child Development

    Eligible students attend per CPCD requirements. Families residing in the Falcon Elementary School of Technology or Evans International Elementary School boundaries or District 49 families interested in Head Start programs should contact CPCD at 719.635.1536, or visit 2330 Robinson Street in Colorado Springs.

    District 49 Child Find

    Child Find is the year-round process District 49 uses to access and identify children who may have educational disabilities. Parents who suspect their child is experiencing learning difficulties may call the Child Find Coordinator at 719.494.8751 and schedule an appointment.

Preschool Documents