Overview

Preschool teacher interacting with students

Welcome to Adams 12 Five Star Early Childhood Education!    Our Early Childhood Education Department offers various opportunities to provide excellence for your child’s earliest learning experiences.  Our focus is to activate your child’s developmental learning through preschool classroom environments. Often, students learnings needs are diverse.  Our classrooms grant our learners a safe, and content rich environment to explore their first learning opportunity. In addition, we value every opportunity to engage our parents as partners, collaborate with community stakeholders.  Come explore Adams 12 Five Star Early Childhood Education!

Preschool 2018-2019

Adams 12 Five Star Schools offers a portfolio of options for parents to enroll their preschool aged student.   The various pathways can provide parents the reassurance that their child is in a safe, rigorous learning environment that specializes in differentiated instruction with highly trained staff.

For a comprehensive list of the schools or sites that our preschool classrooms are located in, please visit:

          Preschool Locations

Tuition-Based Preschool 

For the 2018-19 school-year, Adams 12 Five Star Schools is piloting a tuition based program that provides families an opportunity to participate in a learning environment that includes teachers and staff that have specialized experience in child development. Students get an opportunity to participate in an integrated classroom that supports academic, motor, language, literacy and social/emotional developmental learning opportunities. We currently have tuition-based preschool offered at two locations — Arapahoe Ridge Elementary and Thunder Vista P-8. 

For more information, contact one of the following: 

  • Arapahoe Ridge Elementary: (720) 972-5742
  • Thunder Vista P-8: (720) 972-5735
  • Early Childhood Education Center: (720) 972-8760

Priority enrollment for both tuition-based programs will be provided to families who live within the school boundaries (Arapahoe Ridge Elementary and Thunder Vista P-8). In the event that enrollment slots remain available after the priority enrollment period, a lottery system will select families to fill the remaining enrollment slots.

Child Find 

If you have questions about your child's development, and your child is within the age range of birth through 5 years old, prior to kindergarten, please visit:  Getting Started

Colorado Preschool Program (CPP)

Adams 12 Five Star Schools offers preschool to a limited number of children who qualify for the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) CPP is offered for eligible children at no cost to the family.  Classes are 4 half-days per week. 

Each family is required to meet required criteria for eligibility into the CPP. For more information, including eligibilty and qualifying factors visit: Getting Started.  

Special Education

Do you have questions about your child's development?  If so, please contact us at Getting Started to find out more information. 

For children who qualify for special education services through an evaluation, eligibility determination and development of an Individual Education Program (IEP), they will be placed in an integrated classroom four days a week, three hours each day.  Preschool Special Education is another possible avenue that is state- and federally-mandated to support students who meet state eligibility guidelines, and is at no cost to families.  

Students transferring into Adams 12 Five Star Schools, that already have an IEP, please contact Child Find at Getting Started to get started.