|2017 Fort Collins Preschool Guide|
|Academic||Child Development Centers||Cooperative||Gymnastics Preschools||Montessori||Reggio||Religious||Waldorf||Other Options|
|Academic preschool programs are typically teacher directed and managed. |
Teachers extensively plan activities for the children in their classes and guide the children in that learning.
Focus on school readiness for Kindergarten.
|High-quality care that typically follows the Colorado State Preschool Standards along with the Colorado Early Learning Guidelines.|
Each center offers their unique curriculum that exposes each child to pre-reading & writing skills, pre-science concepts & experiments, pre-math concepts, creative art, dramatic play, movement, and social studies.
Open for longer hours in the day in addition to summer enrichment programming.
|A cooperative preschool is one in which parents have the unique opportunity to work directly with preschool children along side early childhood professionals.|
Parents volunteer in the classroom through workdays, bring snack, and possibly committee assignments.
Parents can learn ways to reinforce in the home what their children are learning in school.
|Preschool programs that offer a weekly gymnastics class as part of the curriculum.|
Each program offers additional classes to the public such as ballet, dance, etc.
|A Montessori classroom is carefully put together to allow the child to work independently and enjoy self-discovery. |
There is a focus on academics, but the main idea is that children learn at their own pace.
Create individualize learning plans for your unique child’s needs and interests.
Believe independence and self-directed learning are important concepts and goals to work towards
|Project-based curriculum with units based on students’ interests|
Children encouraged to explore and play through inquiries and provocations
Expressive arts - children use many different methods to express their thoughts, creativity, and understanding: pretend-play, drawing, music, dance, movement, sculpture, painting, and drama.
Reggio Emilia schools document what kids do by way of video, photos, and written observations.
|The curriculum typically ties religious values or character development with play based, age appropriate academics.|
Faith-based with a focus on the community.
Each preschool will offer something different on how they include literacy, science, social and emotional development, and math into their learning.
|Play-based with a dependable routine. Certain days of the week for baking or gardening.|
Emphasis on liberal arts of creative learning, reading, singing, acting, etc.
Children spend a lot of time outdoors
Children are not allowed to wear media characters and no electronics or technology
|Arts & Imagination - This preschool has a fine-arts focus where children are engaged in the arts through drawing, painting, weaving, music, sculpting, theatrical play, yoga and dance.|
The Family Center/La Familia - El Nidito or "The Little Nest" is one of the few truly multi-cultural, bi-lingual preschools in Larimer County. They are a state certified, Qualistar rated and a School Readiness site.
Global Village Academy Preschool - This preschool is part of the elementary school and offers Mandarin Chinese along with Spanish. They use the research-based and child-focused HighScope® Curriculum.
Poudre School District - Check your local elementary school as often times they might have a preschool program attached to the school. St. Luke's Preschool - This preschool nurtures the development of a positive sense of self in each child. They follow the Core Knowledge curriculum.
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|Parents may choose an academic preschool to help prepare their kids for the Kindergarten setting.||Parents may choose a child development center if they need longer hours of care and want their child to be in high-quality environment and exposed to a variety of experiences.||Parents might be interested in a cooperative preschool to be an active participant in their child's first experience with school. Also, cooperative preschools are a great way to meet other families in your community.||Parents might be interested in a gymnastics + preschool program for their children to learn valuable skills such as persistence, patience, following step-by-step directions, self-confidence, coordination, etc.||Many parents choose Montessori who want their children to acquire leadership skills and independence in a multi-age setting.||For parents who want their child to be a good citizen may choose a Reggio-inspired school. Through the many projects, children learn about cooperation, problem-solving, and how to resolve conflicts with others.||Many parents might choose a faith-based preschool that closely matches their family’s values and their child’s needs and personality.||Parents may choose Waldorf because they want their child to develop individualism in a cooperative, creative, routine-based setting.|
|Academic Preschools:||Child Development Centers||Cooperative Preschools||Gymnastics Preschools||Montessori Preschools||Reggio Preschools||Religious Preschools||Waldorf Preschools|
|Rivendell school||Bright Horizons at East Fort Collins||First United Methodist Co-Op Preschool||GK Gymnastics||Children’s House Montessori School||Early Childhood Center at CSU||Harmony School: Christian Early Childhood Center||River Song Waldorf School|
|Spring Creek School (also a Center)||Children's Workshop||Fort Collins Preschool||Mountain Kids||Fort Collins Montessori School||Roots & Wings||Har Shalom Preschool & Kindergarten||Way of Life (New - Waldorf-inspired & nature focus)|
|Colorado Early Learning Preschool||Unity Cooperative Preschool||Treehouse Montessori School||Kidtopia||Heritage Christian Academy|
Hearts in Hand Child Development Center
|Morning Glory Preschool at Christ United Methodist Church|
Learning Experience Fort Collins
|Open Arms Christian Preschool|
Primose School of Fort Collins
|Our Savior's Lutheran Preschool|
|Spring Creek School||Redeemer Lutheran Early Childhood Center|
|Sunshine House Early Learning Academy||Saint Joseph Catholic School|
|Teaching Tree Early Childhood Learning Center||Small Oaks Christian Preschool|
|Trinity Lutheran Preschool|