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 it to activate your child's developmental learning through a preschool classroom environment. Often, students learning needs are diverse; our classrooms provide our learners a safe and content rich environment to explore their first learning opportunities. Come explore Adams 12 Early Childhood Education!
Following State and local agency guidance, as well as District protocols, we remain committed to supporting the needs of our Five Star families. The Board of Education unanimously approved a model for preschool aged students to begin Thursday, August 27th. This model supports students attending in person learning 2 days a week but also receiving weekly access to an enhanced remote learning plan as well.
Our preschool model will be a hybrid from August 27th to September 25th, consisting of two days of remote learning and two days of in-person learning each week. Further, Part of our district plan is to welcome students with in-person orientations in the coming weeks. You can expect communication from your child’s school team with that schedule. At these orientations, you will be able to see and hear about how safety and health precautions will be in place to increase social distancing and minimize the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
Some things to consider:
If your child qualifies for an IEP due to a disability, services may be provided in a blend of both in-person and remote. The school-based IEP team will work collaboratively with families in determining the services provided based on the needs of each individual child.
A District Chromebook will be available for preschool students
If your child qualifies for transportation as part of their IEP services, the district will provide transportation on days of in-person learning.
If you pay tuition for your child to attend district preschool, a new monthly rate of $225 will be charged from Aug. 27 to Sept. 25. This reduced rate reflects fewer opportunities for in-person learning, as well as participation in remote learning.
We will assess and communicate any future changes in fees by Sept. 18, after the district has decided on its instructional model. A decision about the instructional model will be announced by Sept. 11.
In order to reduce class cohort sizes to the greatest degree possible, your child’s classroom assignment may change. We expect these changes to be limited to movement between classrooms at the same site and the same AM/PM session.These changes are made to ensure that all safety and health precautions are followed.
At this time, we are not offering a remote-only option for preschool.
Parents of currently enrolled students received a letter (English version or Spanish version) on Friday, August 7th describing the preschool program. If your enrollment is still in process from the last two weeks, you will recieve an email once it has been finalized. If you did not receive an email or have questions, please contact: https://www.adams12.org/2020-2021-school-year/submit-question
For CPP families: enrollment ongoing, please choose "Getting Started" below.
Please see updated information about enrollment by going to the Getting Started page.
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 held four half-days per week.
Each family is required to meet criteria for eligibility into the Adams 12 Colorado Preschool Program (CPP). For more information, including eligibility and qualifying factors visit: Getting Started.
Adams 12 Five Star Schools offers a tuition preschool program that provides families an enriching opportunity for their preschool aged child to participate in a learning environment lead by teachers and staff with 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.
During the 2020-2021 school year, tuition programming will be offered at the following locations:
- Arapahoe Ridge Elementary
- Cherry Drive Elementary
- Mountain View Elementary
- STEM Lab K-8
- Thunder Vista P-8
Applying for Tuition-Based Preschool:
Beginning February 1, after the first round of choice concludes, families who are interested in Tuition-Based preschool should contact the schools offering tuition preschool (see list above) directly to find out more information about space availability and to apply. For other questions about this process, please call Danica Kerber in the Preschool office at 720-972-8762.
The district will accept applications from all students no matter their boundary school. In the event that there is more interest than space available, a lottery will be conducted and priority enrollment will be given to families that reside in the school's boundary.
- The cost of the tuition preschool program is $365 per month (Due on the 1st of every month).
- A $315 deposit and $50 registration fee will be due at the time of enrollment.
Do you have questions about your child's development? If so, please contact us at Getting Started to find out more information.
Children who qualify for special education services through an evaluation, eligibility determination and development of an Individual Education Program (IEP), 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, 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.
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
Tuition Preschool Enrollment Guidelines
- Students must be 3 years old by the first day of school and cannot turn 5 before Oct. 1, 2020. Students that are 5 years old by October 1 will not be eligible for preschool.
- If there is more interest than spaces available, a lottery will be conducted with priority given to families that live in the school's attendance boundary.
- Families interested in attending through the tuition program are required to complete the tuition enrollment process.
- Acceptance into one of the preschool programs does NOT guarantee acceptance into the school's kindergarten class. Families that live outside of the school's attendance boundary must re-apply for kindergarten the following year. All STEM Lab preschool families interested in attending kindergarten at STEM Lab next year must re-apply.