Children’s House is one of Boulder’s longest running preschools, serving Boulder since 1970. Our Director Elaine McCarthy, has been with the school since 1992, and was awarded 2010 Educator of the Year by the Boulder County chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Children’s House believes all children — of every race, ability, native language, culture and socio-economic 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.
We serve children between the ages of 2 1/2 to 5. All children, regardless of background or abilities will be eligible for enrollment. Toilet training is not a requirement for access to the program. We are mainly a part day program; our schedules range from 2 1/2 hours twice a week to 29 1/2 hours a week for older children; see the registration forms for specific schedules. Scholarships are available for qualifying families; ask for an application before registering to find out availability.
We believe that learning occurs in an environment in which students feel safe and understood. The staff recognize that children are developing large and small muscle control, cognitive skills, social abilities, emotional awareness and control, and speech and language skills, and creativity. We have planned a program that will enable each child to proceed in their development in their own unique way. We know and firmly believe children with special needs advance further when included in regular classrooms. What wasn’t recognized at first, but has been seen over time, is the profound expansion of addition skills in all children, when learning alongside children of different abilities, diverse languages and social economic statuses.