Choosing a preschool can be quite difficult. Parents must consider a number of different factors, including the philosophy guiding the preschool as well as issues like cost and location. Thankfully, there are a number of great preschools located in the Denver Metro area, and while some are contingent on living in the right neighborhood, others require luck (or, rather, a lottery) and/or a waitlist. Luckily, there are enough options in Denver that everyone can find a preschool to suit their needs.
Montessori schools emphasize discovery and freedom of choice (within limits) for a child. One defining characteristic of Montessori schools is the aspect of mixed age classrooms, for instance 3-6 years old, where students interact and learn together. Montessori emphasizes the ability of students to discover materials on their own rather than via lecture, and students pick their activities. While there are some Montessori programs attached to school districts via charter programs, the Denver metro area boasts a number of private Montessori programs as well, including (but not limited to):
Montessori School of Denver (Cherry Creek area)
Montessori School of Washington Park (Washington Park)
Children’s Garden Montessori (Cheery Creek North area)
Monarch Montessori (Northeast Denver)
Littleton Montessori (Littleton, off of Chatfield)
Sunflower Montessori (Littleton, Belleview & Simms)
Bright Horizons Montessori at Greenwood Plaza (Englewood)
The Waldorf philosophy emphasizes the importance of play and hands on learning. Ultimately Waldorf programs seek to promote the student holistically and focuses on the importance of promoting imagination. The Denver area has a few programs for families looking for Waldorf programs:
Traditional Preschool Models
There are a number of other preschools in the Denver metro area that offer a more traditional approach to early childhood education. While many school districts offer great options, many of them aren’t available during the year or have limited hours or days, which can prove difficult for working parents. However, there are a also some great programs that ascribe to traditional preschool models in the Denver area. The Denver Preschool Program rates preschools and allows parents to search for programs based on area and quality.
Ultimately, searching for the best preschool program for your little one depends entirely on the location, hours, and overall quality desired.