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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

We serve preschoolers with a capacity of 16 children per classroom. Each elementary school has at least one full school day preschool classroom, and Needham Elementary also has a half day program. All preschool classes meet on Tuesdays through Fridays.  We welcome all children, but we do give priority to children who are four years old by September 1st and live in the school attendance area. Tuition for the full school day program is $560 per month, and it is $280 per month for the half day program. Tuition assistance is available through the Colorado Preschool Program. Please fil out an application if you are interested. The early childhood coordinator will be in contact regarding acceptance. 
Preschool Registration Interest Forms are being accepted at this time.  Please fill out a preschool interest form. The early childhood coordinator will be in contact with you to follow up regarding program availability. 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.
For further information please contact Jennifer Baufield, Coordinator of Early Childhood Programs at preschool@durangoschools.org or by calling 970-247-5411 ext. 1468.
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 2021-22 school year through Online Registration.  After registering online, kindergarten students will still need to finish the process at the school when our schools open to the public.