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More students to be eligible for free preschool next year, but program details remain elusive

  • Preschooler Cece Neill works on a craft project with stickers and glue in her Ridgway classroom. The district currently has 24 preschoolers enrolled in its two classes, most of whom pay tuition. Starting next fall, a new state program will provide 10 hours per week of tuition-free preschool to all 4-year-olds, but local school districts are still waiting for information about funding and requirements. Liz Teitz — Ouray County Plaindealer

  • Ridgway preschooler Isela Gutierrez uses a toy stethoscope to listen to a stuffed snake in the veterinary clinic play area, while classmate Sydney Haag, left, checks a “patient intake” form.  The district is preparing for changes to its preschool program in 2023: starting next fall, all 4-year-olds in Colorado will be eligible for 10 hours of tuition-free preschool per week.  Liz Teitz — Ouray County Plaindealer

    Ridgway preschooler Isela Gutierrez uses a toy stethoscope to listen to a stuffed snake in the veterinary clinic play area, while classmate Sydney Haag, left, checks a “patient intake” form. The district is preparing for changes to its preschool program in 2023: starting next fall, all 4-year-olds in Colorado will be eligible for 10 hours of tuition-free preschool per week. Liz Teitz — Ouray County Plaindealer

Starting next fall, more students in Colorado will qualify for some free preschool – but Ouray County superintendents are still waiting for details on how that will work. The new “universal preschool” program, which was signed into law in April, promises 10 free hours of preschool per week to all 4-year-olds in the state starting in fall 2023. Currently, only children who meet certain…

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