Welcome to Children’s House

Children’s House believes all children — of every race, ability, native language, culture and socioeconomic status — have the right to flourish in an inclusive preschool program.   The goal of our preschool is to provide a culturally sensitive, enriching early childhood environment with the activities, equipment and leadership to prepare children — socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically – for success in school and in the community.

Children’s House is one of Boulder’s longest running preschools, serving Boulder since 1970.  We NAEYCare one of only 6 Nationally Accredited preschools in Boulder, through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which has set the gold standard for quality in early childhood education since 1985.


Since 2008 we have served children speaking 30 different home languages.  Languages include: Tibetan, Filipino, Ilokano, Samoan, Ewe, Thai, Japanese, Chinese Mandarin, Nepalese, Indonesian, Korean, Italian, German, French, Farsi, Arabic, Spanish, Telugu, Urdu, Marathi, Hindi, Amharic, Polish, Hebrew, Estonian, Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian, Russian, Swiss-German, Dutch, Armenian and English.

handprintOur Program Director Elaine McCarthy, has been with the school since 1992, and in the last 25 years has molded the preschool to a high degree of excellence.  Elaine was awarded 2010 Educator of the Year by the Boulder County chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

handprintMichael Knuckey our Executive Director, was awarded the 2015 Educator of the Year, making him the second male early childhood educator to receive the award since its inception in 1986.  From his nomination: “Michael is a true educator who makes a difference every day. Michael is part of a teaching team at Children’s House that has served children and families from 26 different home languages. He is committed to serving children from all socioeconomic backgrounds and various physical and cognitive abilities. Michael goes above and beyond to help families that need assistance with extra food, clothing and furniture by collecting items and getting them to families requesting support.”