Important foundations for learning and life through preschool.
Preschool at Academy District 20 gives children, ages three to five, an introduction to learning as teachers guide them through play-based programming inside classroom art centers, music centers, reading nooks, science nooks and more. Students develop social and emotional skills as they interact and grow together.
Preschool introduces children to the structure, routine and focus of school, while also teaching them a variety of cognitive, social, emotional and language skills. Our preschool programs are licensed by the Colorado Department of Human Services and meet the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Quality Standards for Early Childhood Care and Education Services.
Our preschools have:
- Highly qualified, licensed early childhood/special educators
- 1-to-5 teacher/student ratio
- Integrated classes meeting all children's needs
- Provide opportunities to explore, extend and experiment
- Teacher guided experiences
- Activities representing language, motor, cognitive and social emotional development
- Age appropriate skills which facilitate individual learning styles
- Big books, read alouds, circle time, art, block and science centers, dramatic play
- Two Para Professionals in each classroom
ASD20 uses developmentally appropriate, researched and evidenced based early childhood education practices to meet the individual learning needs of each child. We employ the We Can curriculum and the TS GOLD assessment tool. The We Can curriculum is organized into bi-weekly or monthly thematic units that teach through the context of play, and large and small groups. TS GOLD is an authentic, ongoing classroom assessment which encompasses over thirty years of research and is based on 38 objectives for development and learning, which are fully aligned with the CDE Preschool standards.
We also teach using the CDE state approved Pyramid Model for supporting Social Emotional Competence in young children. The Pyramid Model teaches key school readiness concepts such as persistence at difficult tasks, ability to express emotions appropriately, ability to make and sustain relationships with peers and adults, confidence, and the ability to negotiate and cooperate in a group setting. These concepts are taught by following a strategically planned teaching process that builds positive relationships with families, children and colleagues, teaches targeted social emotional strategies, and employs individual interventions.
Our classes maintain a 1-to-3 ratio of children with special needs and community peers. Children with developmental delays benefit from typical models that encourage language, cognition and social development. All children benefit from working together in a community atmosphere that encourages understanding, compassion and emphasizing diversity. Children are encouraged to help one another in the learning environment where exploration and risk-taking is encouraged to foster independent thinking.
Colorado Preschool Program (CPP)
The Colorado Preschool Program was established by the Colorado General Assembly to provide tuition funds for families in need. All fees associated with our preschools are covered for those who qualify.
Children are eligible for CPP based on certain risk factors in their lives. These risk factors have been shown to be associated with later challenges in school. If you believe your child may qualify, please contact the preschool office.
Academy District 20 is responsible for assessing and identifying children who may have educational disabilities. Our professionals are trained to evaluate children in a variety of areas, including cognitive functioning, physical development, hearing and vision, speech and language, as well as social and emotional development.
Child Find is the process we use for assessing and identifying children who may have educational disabilities ages birth to five years old. Contact our Child Find coordinator, Kelly Cluxton at 719-234-1755 for more details.
Our preschool programs serve children ages three to five with disabilities and typically developing peers in an inclusive environment. Children who are eligible for special education under Colorado guidelines receive services free of charge.