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 2022-2023 APS Preschool Eligibility Screenings

Our APS preschool program requires an eligibility screening to be completed by each family with an age-eligible preschooler prior to starting the standard steps of our district’s registration process. It is important to fill out the screening questionnaire to see if your child qualifies for the free Colorado Preschool Program or the Tuition Based Preschool Program. Screenings for families with children who are age-eligible for preschool programming in the 2022 - 2023 school year will open on Monday, December 13, 2021. Families who have a child turning 3 or 4 years old on or before October 1, 2022, may complete the screening questionnaire here


For questions, please reach out to APS ECE Department at 303-364-9371 or email: ecedepartment@aurorak12.org.


Help your student shape a successful future by completing the online preschool screening!

¡Complete la evaluación de preescolar en línea para ayudarles a sus hijos a forjar un futuro exitoso!



Early Childhood Education in Aurora Public Schools

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Aurora Public Schools Early Childhood Education Department is: 

‘To provide the foundational opportunities that ensure all early childhood learners will engage in and benefit from their experiences to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to reach high levels of learning for future success’

We do this by:

  • Ensuring quality preschool programming where all stakeholders (state, county, community, district, schools, and families) form reciprocal partnerships to provide preschool to children of all abilities and backgrounds.
  • Delivering instruction that is facilitated by highly qualified and highly effective teaching staff.
  • Providing programming that is child-centered and based on solid research practices.
  • Using a curriculum aligned to state standards, state developmental guidelines and is responsive to student needs.

ECE Programming Options and Family (Partnerships) Involvement:

A menu of programming options includes full day and half day preschool to meets the diverse needs of the families in the Aurora Public Schools Community.

The Early Childhood Education Department strives to involve the family by emphasizing the important role they play in their child’s education and support families in their roles as nurturers and as their child’s first teacher.

Evaluating Program Quality:

APS Early Childhood Education Program is licensed by the state of Colorado and engages in program quality evaluations through Colorado Shines. A Colorado Shines rating (1-5) means that a program is licensed, in good standing and meets health and safety standards.

APS Preschool is a Quality Level 4 program. This means that APS has gone through a process to demonstrate high-quality programs and practices in all areas that Colorado Shines reviews.

 Colorado Shines rates the quality of child care programs based on how well each program:  

  • Supports children’s health and safety
  • Ensures the staff are well-trained and effective
  • Provides a learning environment that teaches children new skills
  • Helps parents become partners in their child’s learning
  • Has good leadership and business practices

Once a program gets a rating, Colorado Shines has tools to help the program continue to improve its quality.

Assessment in ECE:

Early Childhood Assessment creates opportunities to know children well especially when multiple perspectives are utilized to determine what children know and can do in all areas of development and academics.  Ongoing assessment during the course of a school year guides our teachers in planning and providing children meaningful learning experiences and allows them a way to monitor each child’s individual progress and document on-going growth.



Preschool Calendars 

NOTE - some schools that are on a construction or innovation/ACTION Zone calendar will be different.

Preschool Enrollment Packet