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Early Childhood

Welcome! We are committed to providing the highest quality early childhood education with the goal of ensuring that each student has the developmental and learning foundations necessary for long term success. Each of our elementary schools includes at least one preschool classroom and one kindergarten classroom.

In both preschool and kindergarten, we support child readiness in numerous ways, including:
  • Program staff who build nurturing, supportive relationships with children and their families
  • Well-planned classroom environments and routines that encourage active engagement and independence
  • Activities that support learning and development in all domains
  • Learning opportunities that encourage exploration, experimentation, critical thinking and problem solving
  • Ongoing assessment of child progress
  • Individualized instructional planning

Our kindergarten programs are full day classes and follow the school district calendar. Children are eligible for kindergarten if they are 5 years old on or before September 1st. All kindergarten classes are free. If you want your kindergarten child to attend a school outside your attendance area, please follow the Open Enrollment process.
 
New kindergarten students  will register for the 2018/19 school year through the new Online Registration.  After registering online, kindergarten students will still have to finish the process at the school.

Our preschool programs offer a variety of options from half days to full days, Tuesdays through Fridays. We welcome all children, but we do give priority to children who are four years old by September 1st and who live within the school attendance area. Tuition for a full day program is $420 per month, and a half day program is $210 per month. Tuition assistance is available through the Colorado Preschool Program.
 
Preschool registration for each site took place throughout the month of April, but there may still be slots open for a preschool class. To indicate your interest in a preschool slot, please complete the Preschool Interest Form for the 2018-19 school year that is listed under Important Documents below. You may complete the form and email it to Libby Culver at lculver@durangoschools.org.  Parents of 4-year-old children still have priority, and 3-year-old children will be placed on a waiting list and if there is space available will be called in order of their birthdays.
 
In addition, you will see a survey of preschool families who may be interested in a Monday child care option provided by a private child care center from 8:00-3:00 that could be available for a limited number of district preschoolers. Please complete and return that if this is an interest of yours.