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Preschool Through 3rd Grade Office

COVID-19 and Preschool Through 3rd Grade Education

CDE's Preschool Through 3rd Grade Office has gathered resources to help answer questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to our early learners in Preschool Through 3rd Grade during the Stay-At-Home orders and the suspension of in-person learning. The Opening of School 2020-21 resources were prepared as a supplement to the CDE 20-21 School Year Toolkit.

About Us


We partner with educators and leaders to create seamless high-quality early learning environments for children birth through age eight. We strive for coherence and alignment throughout the P-12 system.


By focusing on strategic issues that support educational policies, the institutional capacity, and adult capabilities that support strong foundations we will promote ready systems that lead to high-quality early learning and literacy for all students preschool through third grade.​

Preschool Through 3rd Grade (P-3) Approach

A growing body of research supports the knowledge that academic and social skills acquired by age eight provide the foundation for lifelong learning and success. The first decade of a child’s life is the most opportune time to influence learning paths and ensure the very best outcomes for all children. A high functioning Preschool Through 3rd Grade system is built on this knowledge.

The Preschool Through 3rd Grade Office includes the following teams:

  • Preschool (Colorado Preschool Program and Preschool Special Education)
  • Collaborative Projects
  • Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade Literacy (READ Act)
  • Data and Decision Sciences

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