I’m Interested in Sending My Child to Early Childhood!
What Should I Do?
Step 1: Is My Child Eligible for Early Childhood?
- My family lives within the Thompson School District boundaries. Not sure? Check your address here.
- My child will be age 3 or 4 by October 1st which may qualify for Head Start, the Colorado Preschool Program, and tuition pay.
Step 2: Complete the following Applications
- Please complete this Early Childhood application. If you have any difficulty filling out this form, please contact the Early Childhood office at 970-613-5052.
- Complete online registration – click here New Student Registration
* Please complete both the application and registration above.
** Completing the applications does not guarantee placement into a program. (see the qualifying factors listed below in each program)
Step 3: Application Process Timeline
- Complete the application and registration as listed above
- If you qualify for Head Start or Colorado Preschool Program, you will be contacted to provide qualifications and schedule a screening (see below for program descriptions)
- If you are applying for Tuition Pay Preschool, you will be placed into the lottery system for available slots (see below for program descriptions)
- Once your child is accepted into a program, you must complete all additional paperwork and submit required documents in order to finalize enrollment
- After all documentation is completed and submitted, you will be contacted about a placement at one of the TSD Early Childhood sites.
The following records are required within 30 days of enrollment into the program:
- Physical Exam / Well Child Check: Preschool Program ages 3 to 5 years
- Physical Exam/Well Child Check completed annually
- Up-to-date immunization record
- Head Start students require lead, hematocrit testing and a dentist exam at least once each year starting at age 12 months with any dental treatments if your child has cavities or other dental needs
Communication about Placement
Open Enrollment / Early Application
December 1 – February 28
By May 1
March 1 – Last day of School (May 24)
May 20 – August 1
Prior to the first day of school
Ongoing Year-Round Applications
Anytime after August 2
Varies based on volume & site requested
Step 4: Review Program Options
- Families may qualify for no-cost preschool through Head Start, Colorado Preschool Program and Special Education factors.
- Tuition pay preschool – half day options for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
- Half day or limited full day options are available for Head Start and Colorado Preschool Program on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
- Please read the information on each program to determine which option might best suit your child’s needs.
Tuition-Based (1/2 day only):
2021-2022 rates (2022-2023 rates not available yet):
- Tuition rates are as follows:
- $280 per month for the 3 hour program
- $290 per month for the 3 ½ hour program
- A one-time payment of $280 non-refundable enrollment is due upon placement acceptance
- Any age-eligible child may apply for a tuition-based placement
- Availability dependent on space
- If space is unavailable, your child will be placed on a waitlist
Family qualifies with at least one of the following situations:
- Family income is at or below Federal poverty level
- Family is homeless, doubled up due to financial hardship, or living in substandard housing
- Family provides foster/kinship care
- Family receives public assistance (SSI or TANF)
2022-2023 Federal Guidelines
Add 4,720 per person
Colorado Preschool Program (CPP)
Child must be age 3 or 4 by Oct 1, a 3-year-old needs three factors listed below, a 4-year-old needs one factor listed below
- Speech/language concerns or child is an English language learner
- Frequent moves in the past 12 months (2 or more)
- Social/emotional concerns by guardian or others
- Alcohol or drug abuse by a family member
- Family income is within 185% of federal poverty level or falls below the Larimer County Self-Sufficiency Standard
- Either parent was less than 18 years old and unmarried at the time of child’s birth
- Living situation qualifies as homeless
- Child is in foster care or receiving services from DHS
- Reported abuse by an adult in the home
- Either parent has not completed high school or GE
Preschool Special Education
- State and Federal mandated program for 3, 4 and 5 year olds who, based on evaluation, demonstrate significant delay in 1 or more areas of development (intellectual, communication, physical/motor, social/emotional, etc.) and meet the eligibility criteria for an educational disability.
- Parents/Guardians should contact the Child Find program if they have significant concerns about their child at 970-613-5762