Colorado Department of Education

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) continually supports the advancement and improvement of the state’s education system to prepare all learners for success in a rapidly changing global workplace. The CDE has clear goals related to student achievement, educator effectiveness and school/district performance – all aimed at preparing students for success after high school.

School Choice

School Choice for Kids  

Learn about public school option, scholarships for K-12, private and parochial schools, open enrollment, and school report cards. Colorado kids can "open enroll" into hundreds of public schools. The steps below will guide you in the process of finding and open enrolling your child in a public school outside of your attendance area.

Going to College

Learn about living college life with a disability. Through several interviews, college students with disabilities offer a way for you to hear firsthand from students with disabilities who have been successful. Each module includes several activities that will help you to explore more about yourself, learn what to expect from college and equip you with important considerations and tasks to complete when planning for college. 

Online Colleges

Online programs provide a convenient way to learn and develop new skills without disrupting your current responsibilities. Over 46% of today’s college students have taken at least one online class; by 2019, half of all college classes will be available on the internet, with many degree programs offered entirely online. Moreover, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, enrollment in eLearning programs currently outpaces traditional student growth.

With eLearning’s unprecedented flexibility, now it great time to earn a higher education degree. But is online education the right option for you?

Think College

Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability. With a commitment to equity and excellence, Think College supports evidence-based and student centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families.


Best Colleges 

Best Colleges has compiled a list of various College Guides for people with different disabilities, as well as an Overview of College Resources for College Students with Disabilities.  Many campuses are equipped with services that address accessibility, accommodation, and assistive technology for a diverse range of needs. Learn about the specialized advocacy, support, and academic services available through Student Services offices and Disability Coordinators at many colleges throughout the US.

Early Childhood Education

Head Start Programs

Head Start provides a no-fee educational experience for 3- and 4-year-old children who meet specific eligibility requirements: low-income, homeless or child with identified special needs.


Colorado Preschool Program

The Colorado preschool children who are eligible for CPP attend high quality early childhood programs. These preschool programs may be located in school district settings, local child care centers, community preschools or Head Start programs. 

  • 201 E. Colfax, Room 105 Denver, CO 80203

Online Education Options

Colorado Connections Academy 

ColoCA is a fully-accredited Colorado online school, offering a school community with all the services and resources needed to create a well-rounded student experience, including experienced teachers, a wide range of online clubs and activities and weekly Learning Coach Resource Sessions.

  • 8 Inverness Drive East, Ste 240, Englewood, CO 80112

  • (303) 794-2302

Online Education 

This link provides a list of online education resources. An online program is defined as …"a full-time education program… that delivers a sequential program of synchronous or asynchronous instruction directed by a teacher, primarily through online digital learning strategies that provide students choice over time, place, and path, and teacher-guided modality of learning.” 

Resources in Education

Tools to Evaluate Schools