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Preschool and Toddler Care

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Universal Preschool and Mapleton Public Schools are working together!

Mapleton is committed to being a strong Universal Preschool Program (UPK) provider for our community. We will continue to offer half-day and full-day programming and are excited to serve your family!

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. 

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.

Contact Information

Kristen Morel
Director, Early Childhood Education

Terri Stowell
Department Secretary, Early Childhood Education

For preschool enrollment information, email

7350 Broadway, Denver, CO 80221

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