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Early Childhood Education

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We believe that...

  • young children learn best and most by actively exploring their environment, making choices and decisions, using hands-on materials, building on natural curiosity, and learning to independently solve problems and peacefully resolve conflicts.
  • young children learn best when their relationships with adults in care and education settings are consistent over time, emotionally rewarding, and supportive of self-esteem.
  • young children benefit from being an active member of a peer group that is culturally diverse and composed of children with diverse abilities.
  • collaboration between family and school is a critical factor in child success.

All Garfield Re-2 elementary schools have preschool programs. There are three ways to enter preschool: Colorado Universal Preschool and Special Education and Tuition.

Applying is easy! Please contact the Preschool Director at your home school to begin the application process.

Application information will be provided to you by the Preschool Director. Applying for preschool does not guarantee enrollment in preschool. 

Enrollment information needed will include copies of immunization records, address verification, birth certificate, and completion of the school registration form, health and development history, and Ages and Stages Questionnaire. 

Children join the preschool program through a variety of avenues...

Youngsters who are experiencing developmental delays may qualify for tuition support to attend the preschool and possibly receive therapeutic services over and above the typical preschool program. These young children have disabilities that may affect their physical, intellectual, communication, social, or emotional development. Because of certain risk factors that may affect healthy development, some children may qualify for tuition assistance from Colorado Universal Preschool. This funding is for four and five-year-olds who are eligible for kindergarten the following school year only. Finally, some families choose to pay tuition fees on their own to enable their child to share in this important educational experience.


The Preschool Program provides a quality early educational experience for children ages three to five years.


The mission of the Garfield Re-2 School District Preschool Program is to cultivate in young children the disposition to be a lifelong learner by providing a high quality, developmentally appropriate preschool experience in a safe, stimulating environment.

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Emily Kielmeyer -
Early Childhood Coordinator

Office: (970) 665-7301
Cell: (970) 689-4248