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Colorado's UPK and You

In 2022, voters passed legislation launching Colorado’s Universal Preschool Program, commonly referred to as UPK. The program aimed to increase early-childhood education for kids around the state in the year prior to Kindergarten.

In order to assess the impact of UPK in its first year and the ways the legislation affected families across Colorado, Rocky Mountain PBS filed a Freedom of Information Request for state records. 

The resulting investigation providing an overview of UPK’s first year can be found in the below story.

Ongoing coverage on this page will further detail how different standards for eligibility may have left vulnerable students behind, alternatives and supplements to UPK for families to use as resources, and the reality of UPK in Colorado’s rural communities.

We hope that our UPK coverage serves as a resource and platform for addressing the questions and concerns of Colorado families. To that end, we invite your feedback, questions, and tips. We sincerely hope to hear from you.

– Gabriela Resto-Montero
Managing Editor, RMPBS

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