Working parents and those seeking social and educational options for young children have many local options. Most public school districts have fee-based preschool, pre-K and full-day kindergarten, but 3- to 5-year-olds who qualify as educationally at risk by the Colorado Department of Education can apply for free.
Colorado College, PPCC and UCCS have child development centers, accepting as young as infants. And area military installations, including the Air Force Academy, have infant and child development centers. Many area churches offer preschool programs, and you’ll find national private preschools in every part of town, including Primrose Schools, KinderCare and La Petite Academy. Here are a few local favorites.
Blue Skies Exploration Academy
Reggio Emilia influenced early learning center combines play-based, Waldorf and Montessori methods.
Broadmoor Community Preschool
Play-based cooperative preschool serving the southwest for over 40 years.
First Presbyterian Preschool
Christian-based social and academic morning classes downtown for 3- and 4-year-olds, plus pre-K.
Giving Tree Montessori School
A warm, peaceful, challenging Montessori environment for ages 3-7, just west of downtown.
Hope Montessori Academy
Individualized Montessori preschool and child care, serving infants through kindergarten in Stetson Hills, Monument and Falcon.
Little Sprouts Learning Center
Organic meals and eco-friendly learning, including animal interactions, on North Academy and in Monument.
Ruth Washburn Cooperative Nursery School
The Westside cooperative includes parental involvement and has fostered creative exploration for over 50 years.