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  • Walk-in preschool enrollment is now available!

    Families interested in full or half-day preschool for their 3 or 4-year-olds may now walk into the Welcome Center to begin the enrollment process. The Welcome Center is located on the Skyview Campus, 8990 York St., Thornton, 80229, and is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.


    For the 2023-24 school year, all parents and caregivers, regardless of income, county, or school district, MUST APPLY for a preschool spot using the Universal Preschool Program (UPK) family portal from the state. This includes:

    • New families
    • Returning families
    • Mapleton employees

    Your child will be matched to a preschool program through the UPK system. After you receive your match from the UPK system, you must accept or decline the match to continue the enrollment process. This process may take up to four weeks.

    Watch this video to learn more about the matching process. 

    Questions about your UPK application? All inquiries from families and providers in Adams County may be sent to upk@adcoconnect.org


    What is Universal Preschool?

    Beginning in the 2023-24 school year, the Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC) will fund up to 15 hours per week of high-quality, voluntary preschool for every child four years of age by October 1 in Colorado for the year before entering kindergarten. In addition to the free half-day preschool for all 4-year-olds, UPK supports additional hours for 4-year-old students and part-time preschool for 3-year-olds with qualifying factors.   


    Preschool Program and Tuition Information 

    2023-24 Early Childhood Education Program and Pricing Brochure (updated May 2023)


    About Mapleton's Early Childhood Education Program

    Friendships, laughter, and learning await your child in Mapleton’s Early Childhood Education Program!

    A quality preschool program can spark a lifetime love of learning in a child. As a community leader in early childhood education and a proud UPK partner, Mapleton offers inclusive, engaging, and supportive toddler and preschool programs led by compassionate experts in early childhood education. Our ECE curriculum is grounded in the Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines and we provide a compassionate, supportive, and encouraging environment for students to practice and develop important social and emotional skills. We serve more than 600 preschool students at schools in all corners of the district. Our preschool program is fully inclusive, meeting the needs of all learners.



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