Little Learners Preschool
About the Program
Little Learners is a state-licensed, half-day preschool program for children ages 3 to 5 years old. Little Learners is housed at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center in the Children's Pavilion and operates in the afternoons from 1:10 until 4:10 p.m.
You have the choice of enrolling in either 2 or 3 days per week based on your child’s needs.
The program runs concurrently with the Jefferson County School District calendar and is closed on school holidays. In addition to the 9-month school year program, September through May, we also offer a summer program, June through August.
Our comprehensive curriculum has been carefully crafted by professionals to ensure that your child will receive a rich, rewarding, and fun preschool experience. Your child will be introduced to a structured classroom environment as well as unstructured playtime. Exciting weekly themes are developed and used to teach gross and fine motor skills, critical thinking and problem solving skills, and social interaction. Your child will learn shapes, colors, numbers and more through a variety of fun activities including arts and crafts, games, science projects, and fitness and wellness activities.
Your child will be taught by teachers who are caring, compassionate and enjoy children. Our teachers are required to have an Early Childhood Education (ECE) with completed coursework in Early Child Development, as well as maintain current infant/child/adult First Aid and CPR/AED certifications.
Potty Training Requirement
If your child is not potty trained, you must be present in the building as staff cannot provide personal care.
Ready for Preschool
Not sure if your child is ready for preschool? Here’s a quick checklist to help you determine if the Licensed Preschool Program at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center is the best fit for your child and your family!
- Your child has dropped their afternoon nap…for the most part: Unlike traditional preschool programs, our program takes place in the afternoon from 1:10- 4:10pm which is a common time for little ones to nap. In addition, all of the learning, playing, building and socializing we do at preschool can be VERY tiring for our students. For this reason, it’s important that your child no longer needs a daily nap in the afternoon.
- Your child is potty trained: Our city policies prohibit staff in any department to assist with personal care of our patrons; this includes diapering in the licensed preschool program. If your child is not potty trained by the start of preschool, we will ask that an adult stay in the building in case the child needs to be changed. This does not include occasional accidents amongst potty trained children as these are a common occurrence at this age. If accidents occur on a regular basis though, staff have the right to request that an adult stay in the building.
- Your child is ready to be away from you for at least 3 hours: Many children (and parents) will feel some anxiety when separating for preschool; this is both natural and common. In most cases of separation anxiety, children will calm down within 15 minutes of their parent leaving. In some cases though, children are just not ready to leave their parent/family for an extended period of time. If your child is comfortable being away from you for 3 hours, this is a great indication of preschool readiness for our program!
You signed your child up for preschool…..now what?
Here are some great things to work on before preschool starts:
- Recognizing their own first and last name
- Putting on their shoes, coats, and buttoning pants independently
- Using the bathroom independently including wiping themselves and washing hands
Quick Tip: Feel free to check out our Children’s Pavilion before preschool starts! Not only will your child familiarize themselves with their soon-to-be preschool room, but it also provides an opportunity to be away from you for a short period of time. View more information about our Children’s Pavilion hours of operation and rates.
Please email Cheyanne Greer at email@example.com to access registration forms. Or, you can pick up physical copies at the Recreation Center front desk.