1970 – 2017

Dear Friends, Families and Alumni,

We connect with you today celebrating our 47th birthday on February 2nd. Children’s House Preschool continues to shine in quality and inspiration for guiding our newest learnersChildren’s House preschool is a 501(c)(3) non-profit school, so all donations are fully tax deductible.  50% of our families are able to attend through the generous support of the community as well as private foundations.  For online donations through credit card, please click on the link below.  We thank you so much for your support!  Make sure you check with employers to see if they offer matching funds.


A Multi-Cultural Education

With our four cornerstones to education: Nature and Science, Multiculturalism, Service and Creativity, each child learns about themselves, each other and our world. This year, home languages include speakers of French, Spanish, Nepalese, Tibetan, Mandarin, Amharic, Swiss German and Arabic. Children’s House Preschool strives to fulfill its vision each year that “all children – of every race, ability, native language, culture and socioeconomic status-have the right to flourish in an inclusive preschool program. For the 22nd consecutive year, Children’s House Preschool has had 50% of its school population receive financial assistance to attend our high quality program. Investment in high quality preschool programs have proven to create a lasting return for society, since the first five years of a child’s cognitive and emotional development build the foundation for lifelong learning and achievement. For this reason, Children’s House Preschool is thrilled that the contributions of families and private foundations allow our school to serve a diverse group of families. We have identified three objectives for our annual drive fundraising.

Preschool Garden

Children’s House is going to be putting in a new garden around the school as an environmental learning place.  We will offer water play, a sensory garden, paths, and seats to sit and enjoy the smells.  We will have 6 different garden beds for vegetables, herds, climbing vine vegetables, root vegetables, and snack foods like cherry tomatoes.  The full cost including fencing, beds, irrigation, water play, and surfacing will be $15,000, but thanks to some already pledged in-kind donations, we hope to complete the garden for $10,000. UPDATE: we received a grant from the City of Boulder Health and Human Services to cover the cost of creating this garden.  We now will be producing food with the children come Spring.

School Kitchen

After 14 years in our current building, we are going to be upgrading the kitchen and its 20 year old appliances. We have been serving healthy snacks to our children twice a day, and now we want to be able to cook lunches.  We have worked with a construction company and Boulder County Health Department to design a kitchen where we can produce nutritious food in our limited space.  The cost is $32,000 as it needs to be commercial grade.  This will allow us to provide free lunches to all of our qualifying children from low-income families, as well as offer home made meals for purchase to our tuition paying families.

Field Trips

We have a Field Trip Fund planned for preschoolers to get out into the world and experience environments first hand with their teachers and classmates in our selected areas of study. Each field trip costs $250 for the school bus. Past field trips have included, farm trips, planetarium, NCAR, Henderson Dinosaur Museum, a bakery, Ranger Station and hiking, Denver Zoo and Mapleton Rehabilitation Center, Boulder Creek and horseback riding.

Scholarship Fund

Lastly but most importantly, we hope to raise $7,500 for our scholarship fund to make opportunities for preschool children who otherwise may not be able to attend.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers that support our program throughout the year, our preschool families that offer professional services, the cleaners, the painters, those that sew, etc.—everything you do matters.

Elaine McCarthy

Program Director/Head Teacher

Michael Knuckey

Executive Director

Maximize your giving. The Child Care Contribution Credit (CCCC) helps support quality child care programs for low-income families. Any taxpayer (corporate as well as individual) that makes a monetary contribution to promote child care in Colorado may claim an income tax credit of up to 50% of the total value of the contribution when filing your Colorado state taxes. 100% of your contribution may also be claimed as a tax deduction when filing your federal income-tax.


Marginal Federal Income Tax Rate 35.0%

Contribution $1,000.00

Tax Savings from State Tax Credit $500.00

Tax Savings from State Tax Deduction $46.00

Tax Savings from Federal Tax Deduction (Accounts for Reduced State Income Tax Deduction) $159.00

After Tax Cost of a $1000 Contribution $295.00

Please check with your tax adviser for the most current information.

 Other Ways You Can Contribute

Children’s House Preschool



Do “Bunny Bucks” at Grand Rabbit’s Toy Shoppe. When making a purchase at the store, located at 2525 Arapahoe (next to McGuckin’s), tell the clerk you would like the Bunny Bucks to go to Children’s House. Grand Rabbit’s donates 5% of the purchase price to our preschool (at no cost to you). We use these donations to buy new supplies.

Selling on Ebay?  You can now support us by donating a portion of your sale to help Children’s House.  Simply choose us as your favorite charity using this link here.

Community Supporters

We would like to thank the following supporters:

Elevations Foundation

The Elevations Foundation, a standalone 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is the official charitable arm of Elevations Credit Union.  The Foundation’s primary objective is to collect and distribute funds that support charitable causes and higher education within the communities Elevations serves.  Our mission is to provide solutions for a better community.

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The Community Foundation of Boulder

Boulder County Housing and Human Services

City of Boulder Dept of Health and Human Services

The Anschutz Family Foundation

Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation