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Preschool Enrollment: 

Families of children 4 years old on or before August 31st wanting to enroll their child in the D51 Preschool Program must be matched through Colorado Universal Preschool. Complete an application here, UPK Application.
Families of children 3 years old on or before August 31st wanting to enroll their student in the D51 Preschool Program can complete an application here, D51 Preschool Application. Online Registration for preschool will begin in late summer after students have been matched through the Colorado Universal Preschool Portal or the D51 Preschool Application and families have been contacted by the Early Childhood Office.  Please contact the Early Childhood Office at 970-254-5429 for additional information.
District 51, Universal Preschool (UPK) Colorado programs provide a positive early education experience for 3 through non-school age 5-year-old children who are eligible.  Our preschool program is a part-time program offering:  
  • 12 hours weekly
  • Monday through Thursday
  • Either a morning or afternoon 3-hour session, based on availability

D51 Preschool Application

Families must submit an online application to determine eligibility.

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Telephone Number (970) 254-5429
Fax Number (970) 245-0825
Address - Basil T. Knight Center
596 North Westgate Drive

Grand Junction, CO  81505

Name Title Phone Number
Dan Bunnell Executive Director-Student Services
Kristie Donathan
Early Childhood Education Program Administrator
Cindy Gray
Coordinator, Early Childhood Special Education  
Sondra Martinez-David
Child Find Coordinator
Cleo Green
Child Find Office Administrator
Tina Calvert  ECE Office Administrator (970)254-5429
Joann Sarnac
ECE Admin Tech