Educational studies indicate that the earlier a child can participate in a structured learning opportunity the better the chances of success. Providing learning opportunities for our community’s younger children is a priority for LPS.
Elementary principals say that having preschool, as well as, before- and after-school childcare, is important for families with young children.
2023-2024 Preschool Registration Update for children who will attend preschool the year before entering kindergarten
Beginning in the 2023-24 school year, the Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC) will fund at least 10 hours per week of high-quality, voluntary preschool for every child in Colorado for the year before entering kindergarten. While this is exciting news for our families, the state’s procedure for registering students is still being finalized and does not align with LPS’ current preschool registration timelines. Therefore, LPS will have a two-step process for preschool registration this year. The first part of the process will be to complete the online universal preschool registration form, which will be available mid-January, 2023. Once matched to an LPS preschool (through the online universal preschool registration form), families will then need to complete the registration process for the specific preschool within Littleton Public Schools.
NEW THIS YEAR: Preschool Enrollment Process
Families will use Colorado’s Universal Preschool Program (UPK) application to enroll in preschool for the 2023-24 school year.
Due to implementation of the new UPK application, families will wait until January 2023 to apply. This change is for 4 year old preschool enrollment only. The new application is set to go live beginning on January 17th. Enrollment for preschool can begin as soon as the online application goes live.
To learn more about Colorado’s new Universal Preschool Program, visit the Universal Preschool for Littleton Families website.
Littleton Preparatory Charter School
For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact the Pre-K Director, Aimee Dierking at 303-734-1995 extension 278, or by email at adierking[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us
Preschool Enrollment for 3 Year Olds:
Please contact the individual sites for more information on enrolling. Registration for 3 year olds will begin on January 17th.
What Do I Need to Register my Child?
To complete the registration process, please email the following items to your child’s school:
At Littleton Public Schools, we pride ourselves on kindergarten programs that are child-centered and meet the needs of the whole child. Children receive a balanced program to meet their individual needs for cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth. Our goal is to start our youngest learners on the road to a lifetime of success through a love of learning.
The state of Colorado funds full-day kindergarten programs in its public schools. Because we believe strongly in the importance of early childhood education, all LPS elementary schools provide free full-day kindergarten. In addition, all LPS elementary schools offer tuition-based before- and after-school childcare. Please visit specific school websites for more information.
Students are eligible for kindergarten if they turn five years of age on or before October 1 of the year of enrollment.
Kindergarten today is more academic and more challenging than programs of the past. While still based on an atmosphere of inquiry and play, it is the kind of active learning that teaches children to think, solve problems, share ideas, and learn language development skills. As your child’s first teachers, you can help prepare your child for kindergarten.
Children at the kindergarten level need to have their creative skills challenged. Exposure to many types of learning helps to develop the whole child.
Kindergarten registration will be held for each elementary school starting on December 1. You can register your kindergartner by completing an online pre-registration form and emailing all documents to the school registrar (link).
Families/Students New to LPS
Existing LPS Families —
Attend Kindergarten Information Session for your elementary school before January 17th. Please check your school's website for dates and times of information sessions.
BEGINNING JANUARY 30, 2024:
After January 27, Kindergarten Registration will take place by contacting the district registrar at districtregistrar[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us or call 303-347-4360 for further information.
WHAT WILL I NEED TO PROVIDE?
To complete the registration process, please complete and email or drop off the online pre-registration form and all documentation to your child's school of attendance. Documentation to be included: