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 FAQs - The 5 By 5 Program

The 5 By 5 Program is a program for Denver Head Start and Early Head Start families, which provides year-round access and educational opportunities at 15 of Denver’s cultural venues at no cost to families. The goals of the project are to support families in preparing children for Kindergarten by connecting the Head Start classroom to the rich learning opportunities available in the community.

Eligible children must be currently enrolled in a Denver’s Great Kids Head Start program (Catholic Charities, Clayton, Denver Public Schools, Family Star Montessori, Mile High Montessori, or Volunteers of America), Rocky Mountain SER Head Start programs or one of the three Denver Early Head Start programs (Clayton, Catholic Charities, or Family Star).

Each Denver Head Start and Denver Early Head Start program distributes 5 By 5 educational materials (a wallet-sized pass card and calendar) to participants at the beginning of each school year, or upon enrollment.  Additional educational materials may be distributed through Head Start sites throughout the year.

5 By 5 pass card holders receive FREE unlimited year-round family entrance (2 adults, the pass card student, and siblings under the age of 12) and other items for the pass card student to the following venues: 

  • Children’s Museum of Denver (year-long membership and a mini paint set)
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Denver Botanic Gardens (get a free plant at the ticket counter and sign up for a free Seedlings class)
  • Denver Center Theatre Academy Family Fun Forums
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science (ask about a free visit to a Planetarium show)
  • Denver Parks & Recreation Indoor and Outdoor Pools (sign up for 1 free session of 8 swim lessons for the pass card student)
  • Denver Public Libraries (get a free backpack and book)
  • Denver Zoo (one free carousel ride for the pass card student)
  • Four Mile Historic Park (pass card holder gets one free ride in the horse-drawn wagon)
  • The Wildlife Experience (discounted tickets to Extreme Screen Theater)
  • History Colorado 


In addition, pass card holders also receive:

  • A one-time family vision to the Butterfly Pavilion
  • Up to four tickets to a Colorado Ballet performance
  • Up to six tickets to a Colorado Symphony family concert
  • A one-time family visit to the Downtown Aquarium (includes free parking in the main lot)

  • You must always show your 5 By 5 pass card for admission into the cultural venues.
  • You must always have your Head Start student with you.  Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • The 5 By 5 pass card is good for two adults, the pass card student, and the student's siblings.  Any guardian can take the Head Start student to visit a cultural venue as long as they are taking the Head Start student with their pass card. 
  • Only the pass card student will receive a gift, such as the carousel ride or wagon ride, from the cultural venue during their visit, not family members.
  • The 5 By 5 pass card is nontransferable and intended for use only by the family to which it is assigned.
  • The 5 By 5 pass card can NOT be used for special exhibits and events that require an additional fee, such as the Denver Zoo Lights, King Tut Exhibit, etc.
  • The 5 By 5 pass card can NOT be used for large groups and field trips.

If your pass card is damaged, lost or stolen, please contact your classroom teacher or family service worker.  There are a limited number of replacement cards available, which will be distributed on a case-by-case basis.

he 5 By 5 Phone Line, 720-913-5555, is updated regularly with information about what you can see and do at cultural venues.  You can also leave messages about what you liked most about your visits.

Please direct questions to Alicia Boyd, Director of Community Partnerships.  Information can be sent via email to or by calling 720-913-0910.