Ute Pass Elementary School Information

  2023-2024 UPES Preschool Application
Thanks for your interest in our preschool at Ute Pass Elementary School!
Check out the resources below for information about our program and application process.

Colorado Universal Preschool Program (UPK)

Last April, Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill that works towards “every child in the year before they are eligible for kindergarten is eligible for half-day (15 hours), state-funded, voluntary preschool beginning in the 2023-24 school year. Three-year-olds with qualifying factors are eligible for part-time (10 hours) preschool programming. Families of children in the year before they are eligible for kindergarten with certain qualifying factors, are eligible for an additional 15 hours stacked on top of the half-day programming, bringing those children to full-day programming.”

Manitou Springs Elementary School and Ute Pass Elementary School will continue to offer our exceptional preschool programs for both three-year-olds and students that are in the year before they are eligible for kindergarten.
Information for families.

Starting January 17, 2023, families will be able to submit an application through the state-wide Universal Preschool System for the 2023-24 school year.
Here is the link to the application:

Email for more information.
[email protected]

UPES Preschool Application & Enrollment Process

We have a limited capacity for 15 children in our preschool class. Positions are filled first by in-district children, prioritizing children with special needs and those who qualify for the Colorado Preschool Program, along with considerations such as balancing girl/boy ratio, age ratio, risk factors, etc. There is no enrollment guarantee, as preschool is currently an optional program.
Out-of-district applicants will be placed on a waiting list and notified in August if space is available.

Half Day and Full day spots are available.

Children must be 3 or 4 by September 1st and fully potty trained.


To be considered for the program, please complete the online MSSD14 New Student Preschool Registration. The New Student Registration Portal will be available beginning in early March.

Completion of the New Student Preschool Registration does not guarantee enrollment.


Application for 2022 -23 School Year


The first round of notifications of a position in the UPES preschool program will begin the last week of April. The second round of decisions will be made in early August.

Accepted families will need to submit the following items via email or to the UPES front office to UPES Registrar, Teri Dudley [email protected], before attending class:

• Copy of child’s birth certificate

• Proof of residence (examples include): Warranty deed, Deed of Trust, or Bill of Sale on your home showing a closing date within the past 60 days. Current signed lease or rental agreement not expiring within 60 days. Current utility, phone (not cell) or water bill.

• Updated immunizations or waiver signed by a medical professional
• Current physical

Tuition and Payment for 2023-24 School Year
Monthly tuition for tuition-paying families is $220.00 for half day and $440.00 for full day, per month, and is payable at the beginning of each month, September through May. There is no tuition for children with active Individual Education Programs.


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