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2017 Fort Collins Preschool Guide
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AcademicChild Development CentersCooperativeGymnastics PreschoolsMontessoriReggioReligiousWaldorfOther Options
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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.
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Academic Preschools:Child Development CentersCooperative PreschoolsGymnastics PreschoolsMontessori PreschoolsReggio PreschoolsReligious PreschoolsWaldorf Preschools
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Rivendell schoolBright Horizons at East Fort CollinsFirst United Methodist Co-Op PreschoolGK Gymnastics
Children’s House Montessori SchoolEarly Childhood Center at CSUHarmony School: Christian Early Childhood CenterRiver Song Waldorf School
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Spring Creek School (also a Center)Children's WorkshopFort Collins PreschoolMountain KidsFort Collins Montessori SchoolRoots & WingsHar Shalom Preschool & KindergartenWay of Life (New - Waldorf-inspired & nature focus)
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Colorado Early Learning PreschoolUnity Cooperative PreschoolTreehouse Montessori SchoolKidtopia Heritage Christian Academy
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Hearts in Hand Child Development Center
Morning Glory Preschool at Christ United Methodist Church
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Learning Experience Fort Collins
Open Arms Christian Preschool
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Primose School of Fort Collins
Our Savior's Lutheran Preschool
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Spring Creek SchoolRedeemer Lutheran Early Childhood Center
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Sunshine House Early Learning AcademySaint Joseph Catholic School
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Teaching Tree Early Childhood Learning CenterSmall Oaks Christian Preschool
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Trinity Lutheran Preschool
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