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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

KINDERGARTEN: 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 need to register for the 2019-20 school year through Online Registration.  After registering online, kindergarten students will still need to finish the process at the school.
 
Registration for the 2020-21 school year for kindergarten students will be as follows:
     *  Florida Mesa: February 19th, 8:00-3:00
     *  Needham: February 25, 8:00-3:00
     *  Park:  March 10, 5:00-6:30 (Open house)
     *  Sunnyside:  April 6th, 8:00-3:00
     *  Needham:  April 7th, 8:00-3:00
     *  Animas Valley:  April 13th, 8:00-3:00
     *  Riverview: April 14th, 8:00-3:00
     *  Fort Lewis Mesa:  April 20th, 8:00-3:00
     *  Park:  April 21st, 8:00-3:00
     *  Florida Mesa:  April 27th, 8:00-3:00
 
These on-site registration dates are to help answer questions about the school and kindergarten program. Parents should bring their child's birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residency (i.e., utility bill or rental agreement). 


PRESCHOOL: 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 $440 per month, and a half day program is $220 per month. Tuition assistance is available through the Colorado Preschool Program.
 
Preschool Registration Interest Forms are now only being accepted for the 2019-20 school year if we have space available. To indicate your interest in a preschool slot, please complete the Preschool Interest Form that is listed under 'Important Preschool Forms'. You may complete the form and email it to Libby Culver at lculver@durangoschools.org and/or you may attend one of the registration days listed below. Children who are 4 years old by September 1st have priority, and 3-year-old children will be placed on a waiting list. If there is space available those children will be called in order of their birthdays.
 
Registration Interest Forms for the 2020-21 school year will be available beginning on April 1, 2020.  We do not take any names prior to April 2020 for the 2020-21 school year.
 
Registration dates for the 2020-21 school year for preschool are as follows:
     *  Sunnyside:  April 6th, 8:00-3:00
     *  Needham:  April 7th, 8:00-3:00
     *  Animas Valley:  April 13th, 8:00-3:00
     *  Riverview:  April 14th, 8:00-3:00
     *  Fort Lewis Mesa:  April 20th, 8:00-3:00
     *  Park:  April 21st, 8:00-3:00
     *  Florida Mesa:  April 27th, 8:00-3:00
 
Parents should bring their child's birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residency. Developmental screenings will be done on these days, and we can provide information about tuition assistance and school readiness.
 
For further information please contact Libby Culver, Coordinator of Early Childhood Programs at lculver@durangoschools.org or by calling 970-247-5411 ext. 1468.