Preschool Overview

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    Welcome to District 49 Early Childhood Education! 

    District 49 offers a high-quality, inclusive preschool program that serves the developmental needs of children, starting at age 3 until they are eligible for kindergarten. We welcome students who reside within D49 boundaries.  Children must be potty trained unless they receive special education services through our district.  Our classrooms are designed to support children’s learning through guided play opportunities in a nurturing and caring environment.  Our students learn to develop healthy skills in social-emotional, learning, communication, self-help, and coordination.

    District 49 is now a Universal Preschool Colorado (UPK) provider.

    The Colorado Department of Early Childhood's Universal Preschool Colorado ensures that every child in the year before they are eligible for kindergarten is eligible for up to half-day (12 hours at D49) of state-funded, voluntary preschool beginning in the 2023-24 school year.

    The application process is different, depending on the age of the student. Please select the appropriate option below: 

  • Community Developmental Screenings for Preschool-Age Children

    The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) guidelines recommend the screening of young children to identify those who may have special learning or developmental needs, as well as to plan appropriate curriculum and instruction.

    District 49 Early Childhood Education staff will be offering developmental screenings (to include vision, hearing, and dental) for children between the ages of 2 years and 9 months until they are eligible for kindergarten (child is 5 before September 15 of that year).  Screening will be by appointment only.  Appointments can be scheduled by clicking here or on the 23-24 Screening Appointment link below. For more information about dates and locations, please see the flyer under our resources tab. 

    23-24 Screening Appointment

    If your child has developmental delays, is at risk of having a developmental delay due to a diagnosed medical condition, or has an educational disability, please contact our Child Find office by emailing

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does My Child Need to Be Potty Trained?

  • How many hours of preschool are offered in District 49’s preschool program?

  • Will I be guaranteed a spot?

  • What will my child learn in Preschool?

  • How do I know if D49 offers a high-quality preschool program?

  • What should I do if I have concerns about my child's development?

  • What is Child Find?

  • What if I'm interested in Head Start/CPCD?

Preschool Locations


  • Early Childhood Education Office:
    3850 Pony Tracks Drive
    Colorado Springs, 80922

    Business hours:
    8:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
    (when school is in session)

Preschool Contacts

Stacey Powell
Coordinator of Early Childhood Education
Phone: 719-494-8840
Anita Patton
Early Childhood Administrative Assistant
Phone: 719-494-8840
Deborah MacGregor
Early Childhood Administrative Assistant
Phone: 719-494-8840
Mollie Venable
Phone: 719-321-8241