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Preschool Program

Our preschool programs are licensed by the Colorado Department of Human Services and meet the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Quality Standards for Early Childhood Care and Education Services.


Academy District 20 provides district-run preschool at the following locations.

Journey K8 and New Summit Charter Academy may offer additional preschool options, but as separate programs from the district preschool program. The eligibility requirements and application process is completely different. Please contact these schools for more information.

Our preschools have:

  • Highly qualified, licensed early childhood/special educators

  • 1-to-5 teacher/student ratio

  • Integrated classes meeting all children's needs

  • Provide opportunities to explore, extend and experiment

  • Teacher guided experiences

  • Activities representing language, motor, cognitive and social emotional development

  • Age appropriate skills which facilitate individual learning styles

  • Big books, read alouds, circle time, art, block and science centers, dramatic play

  • Two Para Professionals in each classroom

Best Practices

Academy District 20 uses developmentally appropriate, researched and evidenced based early childhood education practices to meet the individual learning needs of each child. We employ the We Can curriculum and the Teaching Strategies assessment tool. The We Can curriculum is organized into bi-weekly or monthly thematic units that teach through the context of play, and large and small groups.  Teaching Strategies is an authentic, ongoing classroom assessment which encompasses over thirty years of research and is based on 38 objectives for development and learning, which are fully aligned with the CDE Preschool standards.

We also teach using the CDE state approved Pyramid Model for supporting Social Emotional Competence in young children. The Pyramid Model teaches key school readiness concepts such as persistence at difficult tasks, ability to express emotions appropriately, ability to make and sustain relationships with peers and adults, confidence, and the ability to negotiate and cooperate in a group setting. These concepts are taught by following a strategically planned teaching process that builds positive relationships with families, children and colleagues, teaches targeted social emotional strategies, and employs individual interventions.  

Our approved social emotional curriculum, RULER, supports relationships and wellbeing by teaching how to identify, understand and manage our emotions while expressing concern and compassion towards others.


Our classes are integrated. Children with developmental delays benefit from typical models that encourage language, cognition and social development. All children benefit from working together in a community atmosphere that encourages understanding, compassion and emphasizing diversity. Children are encouraged to help one another in the learning environment where exploration and risk-taking is encouraged to foster independent thinking.

Preschool Office

Preschool introduces children to the structure, routine and focus of school, while also teaching them a variety of cognitive, social, emotional and language skills.

Preschool Office

Preschool introduces children to the structure, routine and focus of school, while also teaching them a variety of cognitive, social, emotional and language skills.
(719) 234-1750
(719) 234-1775
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
Education and Administration Center
1110 Chapel Hills Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920