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Find The Perfect Preschool. 2021 Preschool and Kids' Activities Guide

Updated 1/24/2021

By Melissa Shrader Editor/Publisher Fort Collins Macaroni Kid January 31, 2021

We have a great list of Preschools, Enrichment, and Local Businesses. 

Keep an eye out as we will be adding more as we get more information coming in. 

Self-care and Services


IOME Guilt-Free Self-Care 

4745 E Boardwalk Ste C3 Fort Collins, CO 80525 Phone: 970-658-5598 Email: becky@iowemenow.com Website: Visit Website Google Map

It's an I Owe Me instead of an I Owe You offering Guilt-Free Self Care by providing tangible tools, resources, and action steps for bettering your MIND, BODY, and SOUL! IOME partners with over 60 local self businesses to provide quality self-care services and products at an exclusive discount for the IOME Community. As mothers, it is essential to serve our kids with a full cup, allow IOME to hold you accountable to practice consistent and quality self-care. Remember, "You deserve the best because your loved ones deserve the best of you, not what's left of you." -  Becky Lauridsen, Founder of IOME. 




DR Home Connections Team with Keller Williams NoCo

Phone: 970-212-6354 Email: DRHomeConnect@kw.com Website: Visit Website

My goal is to help people get the best value for their money. Whether in buying or selling their home or in health insurance (Deanna Robertson, M.S., Licensed Insurance Producer). Personal budgets are so important right now with a national pandemic and a tanking economy. In real estate, I try to help as many people as possible take advantage of low-interest rates(buyers) and high home values(sellers). In my insurance business, the goal is simple, help individuals and families find real affordable health insurance to trim down their monthly budgets. Right now, even a $50 savings can make a difference! Deanna Robertson, M.S., Licensed Insurance Producer.




Empowering Special Parents

Fort Collins, CO 80525 Phone: 970-214-7365 Email: Renee@empoweringspecialparents.com Website: Visit Website

My goal is the same as yours! To see your child(ren) reach their full social/emotional, academic, and behavioral potential. 

To receive appropriate intervention and services to support within all learning environments. 

Collaboration with myself, your family, and the school to provide the best supports for your kiddo. Let’s be honest, for some families, special education can be overwhelming and confusing at times, and scary. It’s scary sitting at a table with a plethora of specialists discussing your child’s deficits. Simultaneously knowing your kiddo is very capable! We just need to see how to best provide direct special education services and/or accommodations to see their success.




NOCO Virtual Farmers Market

3307 South College Ave., Suite 216 Fort Collins, CO 80525 Email: info@nocovirtualfarmersmarket.com Website: Visit Website

Locally grown food and artisan products keep communities healthy, and now more than ever, residents want to support artisans, farmers, and small businesses. For this reason, we created our Facebook group page, NOCO Virtual Farmers Market, as well as our ever-growing website: www.nocovirtualfarmersmarket.com , as a way to allow communities to buy fresh farm products, artisan handmade goods, and get small business services from vendors, while we, in turn, deliver those orders directly to your home or place of business on a weekly schedule.

We have vendors ranging from farmers to crafters, to artisans, even small businesses, and professional services all supplying you with the highest quality in food, the most unique products in the art world, and the highest standards of small business services.

We are committed to the community and invested in their health. We continue to expand our delivery zones and will be looking to add pickup locations closer to our customer’s homes. We believe people should have ways of getting fresh wholesome foods to their tables without the worry of going out or watching the foods they purchase spoil quicker because they arrived from locations too far away from their home towns.

We believe in supporting the local, farmer, artisan, small business, and especially our valued customers!

Live, Love, Shop Local… for all your Bear Necessities!




Norco Enterprises Roll Off Services

485 E 16th Greeley, CO 80631 Phone: 970-324-9588 Email: norcoenterprises1@gmail.com Website: Visit Website Google Map

Norco Enterprises is a local Mom owned business providing roll-off containers to homes and businesses. Helping people to rid of trash & junk from their garage, homes, yards, new builds, renovations, and more!  Get rid of what no longer serves your home or business. 

We have different sizes to accommodate commercial, industrial, and residential project disposal.

Servicing all of Northern Colorado HWY 85 to I25!


Enrichment, Brain Training, and Tutoring

Arsenal Colorado

2721 S. College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525 Phone: (970) 226-4253 Email: office@soccerfortcollins.org Website: Visit Website Google Map

Arsenal Colorado offers a variety of soccer programs throughout the year for players of all ages and levels. Our club offers recreational leagues, competitive leagues, Arsenal Colorado Might Kicks (3-4 year-olds), a variety of camps, and more!

Our recreational league places an emphasis on FUN and fundamentals. We form teams based on age, gender, and school preference.

The competitive league is offered to players 10-19, and are selected through a tryout process based on skill level.




Artisan You

405 E. 7th Street Loveland, CO 80537 Phone: 970-663-4906 Email: jannaflore@gmail.com Website: Visit Website Google Map

Artisan You is offering in-person dependent on restrictions of course. We are requiring masks, social distancing, hand washing, and we are sanitizing frequently. We will be limiting our in-person to 8. Of course, this is all subject to change. We will also be offering Kits To-Go, which include materials projects, plus links to videos of us teaching the projects. 




LearningRx Fort Collins

1100 HAXTON DR # 105Fort Collins, CO 80526 Phone: 9706722020 Email: fortcollins.co@learningrx.net Website: Visit Website Google Map

Did you know that many struggles with thinking, learning, reading, memory, and attention are caused by weak cognitive skills

At LearningRx, our brain training programs target those very skills. We do it through a series of intense (but fun!) mental exercises that work on the way the brain thinks, learns, reads, and remembers.

Best yet, our clients work one-on-one with their own personal brain trainers. You know those intense, fun mental exercises we just mentioned?


STEM-X

Preston Middle School (4901 Corbett Drive)Fort Collins, CO 80525  Website: Visit Website Google Map

For the past 13 years, STEM-X (formerly “STEM Institutes”) has operated with a vision to create STEM confidence and competence in ALL students. Originally, our offerings were strictly focused on only traditionally understood science, technology, engineering, and math topics. As we have grown over the years, we have recognized that no discipline exists in isolation and that all learning is interdisciplinary. For example, is a digital art class art OR technology? The answer is simple; it is art AND technology or expressing art through technology. Therefore, our new STEM-X brand embodies the idea that STEM is important and that it is an inclusive term that can represent all the STEM entry points students can experience.

Contact us herehttp://stem-x.org/contact-us/

Preston Middle School (4901 Corbett Drive) and Poudre High School (201 Impala Drive)




Tutoring Excellence

Fort Collins 1825 E Harmony Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80528 Phone: Fort Collins 970-829-0866 Email: ftcollinsco@tutoringexcellence.com Website: Visit Website Google Map

Loveland 220 E 29th Street, Loveland, CO 80537 Phone: Loveland 970-829-0876 Email: lovelandco@tutoringexcellence.com Website: Visit Website Google Map

Since 2013, we've helped students and families like yours achieve new levels of academic success. Whether your child has fallen behind or is way ahead of the class, Tutoring Excellence has a program to help deliver better grades. Tutoring Excellence is not only about providing the best academic tutoring and excellent customer service, but also provides tremendous value for our students. At our tutoring center, we provide help in academics for a wide variety of subjects, from math and sciences to English and language arts. We work on testing and college preparations and go through study skills in an environment curated for each of our students.

Preschools




AXIS International Academy and Preschool

2130 W Horsetooth Rd. Fort Collins, CO 80521 Phone: 970-658-4199 Email: familyprograms@axiscolorado.org Website: Visit Website Google Map

What sets AXIS Preschool apart? Language Immersion and Core Knowledge. Two highly beneficial elements synthesized in one program. AXIS Preschool includes 90+ minutes of integrated daily language immersion in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, or French taught by a "partner language" teacher who is a native or native-like speaker with teaching experience. AXIS also includes the highly successful Core Knowledge Scope and Sequence. English teachers and partner language teachers work together to best meet the needs of kids. AXIS follows state guidelines on child to teacher ratios. Our French and Mandarin classes are smaller offering a smaller student-to-teacher ratio. Many of our parents choose to have their child learn Mandarin or French through preschool through 5th grade, and then it is easy to add Spanish in middle and high school. Consider giving your child the gift of THREE languages, all while receiving an excellent education in English!




First United Methodist Co-Op Preschool

1005 Stover StreetForr Collins, CO 80524 hone: 9704820343 Email: preschooldir@fcumc.net Website: Visit Website Google Map

First United Methodist Co-Op Preschool is a parent cooperative preschool that offers a variety of part-time preschool classes for children ages 3-5 years. Each family shares in the operation of the school and classroom thus making it truly a cooperative venture. Our school is successfully run with the help of parent participation. Parents and teachers of FUMC Preschool work together to provide a quality, developmentally appropriate preschool program for children. Parents assist as classroom helpers, volunteer opportunities, provide nutritional snacks for the classrooms, and may serve on the Parent Advisory Board.
Our teaching emphasis is on socialization and developing self-confidence, a love of learning, and curiosity about the world. We are committed to providing a program to enhance a child's growth and development.
The strength of the FUMC Preschool program, the quality, and commitment of our teachers, and the involvement of the preschool parents, are the anchors that make this truly an amazing school community




Fort Collins Preschool

1200 S Taft Hill Rd Fort Collins, CO 80521 Phone: (303) 221-1345 Email: fortcollinspreschool@gmail.com Website: Visit Website

Fort Collins Preschool is a unique parent-involved preschool where families work together in a professionally guided program. We offer a structured play-based curriculum for children 2-5.  Our students receive Art and Music Enrichment with Professional Teachers and have the opportunity to participate in extended education days and family events.  Established in 1962, Fort Collins Preschool is licensed through the Colorado Department of Human Services.  

Fort Collins Preschool is a unique parent-involved preschool where families work together in a professionally guided program. Research suggests that parent participation in a child’s preschool program is positively associated with social adjustment and school performance. Both parents and children benefit from parents assisting in the classroom.



Har Shalom Preschool & Kindergarten

725 W Drake Road Fort Collins, CO 80526 Fort Collins, CO 80526 Phone: 970-232-9668 Email: hspk@congregationharshalom.org Website: Visit Website Google Map

Har Shalom Preschool & Kindergarten is a Montessori-Inspired Children's House serving the primary ages of three to six years old. Warm, kind teachers provide a nurturing environment celebrating each child. Teachers individualize learning, support social skill-building, and guide young chefs in cooking nutritious snacks. Outdoor Play is an important part of our world. Children love to imagine on our natural playground, plant and harvest fruits & vegetables in the organic garden, and sled on the hills when the outdoors becomes a winter wonderland!

We have a wonderfully diverse population of families of all different backgrounds that create an inspiring multicultural environment. Children at Har Shalom enjoy sharing celebrations, languages, and cultures with each other. Jewish holidays are celebrated throughout the year filled with fun, age-appropriate curriculum, and events.

There is much more to share! For more information, please contact the Director at hspk@congregationharshalom.org."




Immanuel Lutheran Church and School

4650 Sunview Dr.Loveland, CO 80538 Phone: 970-667-7606 Email: schooloffice@immanuelloveland.org Website: Visit Website Google Map

Our Terrific 3's class is a child's first introduction to preschool. We focus on socialization, sharing, and getting along with others.  We work to develop fine motor skills, have a joyful outlook on school, and a love of Jesus.  The class meets two days a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:15–10:45 a.m.  Children must be 3 prior to September 15th.

Our Fantastic 4's class learns about shapes, numbers, and will be exposed to the alphabet through fun and hands-on learning. We will prepare for Kindergarten by practicing our listening skills, extending our attention span, and developing our fine motor skills. The class meets three days a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:15–10:45 a.m. Children must be 4 prior to September 15th.

Our Fabulous 5's class is an expansion of the 4-year-old class.  Children in this class cover all the same topics, but with more in-depth activities and more hands-on experiences.  We will further explore letters and numbers.  The class meets four days a week, Monday through Thursday. Class is from 12:30–3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday and 11:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Children must be 5 prior to December 15 and/or have attended preschool before.  Admission to the Fabulous 5's will be determined by the director.

In addition to Preschool, we offer Christian education for Kindergarten to 8th-grade private school and have a full year round Childcare development center offering childcare for enrolled families and siblings.

Immanuel's Childcare Program exists to provide a quality Christian environment where children can be nurtured according to God's will.  We provide a seamless transition between school and daycare for your child if your schedule prevents you from being at Immanuel during regular drop-off or pick-up times.  Our regular hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the exception of most school holidays.  Please consult our childcare staff regarding hours on holidays and half-days.  Upon availability, all children who attend Immanuel Lutheran School and their younger siblings ages 3 years (and potty-trained) to 14 years will be accepted into Immanuel's Childcare Program.




Little Bears Childcare Inc.

1247 Riverside Avenue Fort Collins, CO 80524 Phone: 970-472-1984 Email: littlebearscc@gmail.com Website: Visit Website Google Map

 At Little Bear’s we believe that children learn best by doing. When you walk into our classrooms you won’t see what is considered “traditional” learning activities, what you will see children engaged in child-directed play using open-ended materials, learning centers, and natural learning environments. Children will develop important skills that will guide them in every learning environment. Exploration, experimentation, critical thinking, creative expression, spontaneous inquiry, innovation, collaboration, cooperation, and communication. Skills that stay with your children and help prepare them for success throughout their lives.  




Little Lab Preschool and Child Care

3533 Riva Ridge DriveFort Collins, CO 80526 hone: 970.223.3939 Email: littlelabpreschool@aol.com Website: Visit Website Google Map

Little Lab Preschool and Child Care is Fort Collins' best little preschool and child care.  Every child receives in-person Science, Math, and Literacy classes in the morning.  For those that stay the whole day, they bring their lunch; no nuts, peanut butter, etc., and no cooking required, we do have a microwave; get a rest period, and then an afternoon of relaxed learning with lots of social time.  

Ernie and Mary Batson, the owners of Little Lab, were the founders and directors of The Learning House; a Science and Math based preschool.  They have brought everything they've learned about doing Science and Math with the early learner from their time at The Learning House to Little Lab.  Now the Science and Math that young children love to do is the focus of Little Lab.

Little Lab Preschool and Child Care welcomes children between the ages of 2.5 and 6 that are potty trained (or very close) and is a year-round program.  It's time for you to visit the best little preschool and Fort Collins.  We are the preschool that cares!



Mountain Kids

419 East Stuart, Fort Collins, CO 80525 Phone: 970-482-3118 Email: info@mountain-kids.com Website: Visit Website Google Map

Mountain Kids Preschool offers three, 1/2 day programs.

The two day program  (Tues/Thurs) is for three-year-olds. They must be three by September 30. Our focus is on socialization and language development. This is a very awakening time for children and we are here to ensure that love and warmth are a part of their daily experience. Stories, introduction to numbers, letters, and colors, lots of questions and answering are part of this program. We sing songs, learn fingerplays and do lots of wiggling between 5 to 10 minutes of focused attention activities. Just learning how to wait for your turn is a difficult skill for this age level to master. Lots of hugs and confidence-building “pats on the back” are integral pieces. A one hour Rainbow Riders gymnastics class is included in the curriculums once a week.

The three day (Mon/Wed/Friday) class is for four-year-olds. They must be four by September 30. This class is appropriate for the child planning on entering a typical kindergarten class the following fall. Our focus is preparation for kindergarten including social skills, letter names and sounds, numbers, colors, shapes, and fine motor skills. Themes are used to coordinate this program and teach concepts such as good health, dinosaurs, plants, etc. We work on focusing for longer periods of time, encourage good listening skills, and following directions. Lots of encouragement and praise is given as these children gain the skills they need for kindergarten.  A  one hour Rainbow Riders gymnastics class is included in the curriculum once a week.

The five day (Monday-Friday)  accelerated program is appropriate for the child who needs more challenging activities or extra practice. Our focus will be even more academic than our three day program.  We will teach letter sounds, beginning phonetic reading, numbers to 20, and beginning addition and subtraction. Themes are used to coordinate this program to teach science, social studies, and basic living concepts. This five-day program provides an exciting, fun, and encouraging environment for a very fulfilling day.  It is also appropriate as an enrichment class for morning kindergarteners. A one hour Rainbow Riders gymnastics class is included in the curriculum once per week.





Open Arms Christian Preschool

305 E Elizabeth Street Fort Collins, CO 80524 Phone: 970-482-1357 Email: openarms@stjohnsfc.org Website: Visit Website Google Map

We are a half-day preschool program that follows the Poudre School District schedule and calendar. Our PreK/4&5-year-old class(es) run from 9-noon on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and if offered, we have an afternoon class on the same days from 12:45-3:30. Our Preschool/3-year-old class runs 9-noon on Tuesday/Thursday.

We are a play-based program that uses the Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines to inform our curriculum. We use an assessment that aligns with these guidelines as well as an additional assessment to show the children's work and growth to the family. The assessments are used to create our lesson plans and are shared with families at conferences twice per year. The Preschool class focuses on teaching young children to play and cooperate with peers, understanding emotions and how to manage them, learning from other adults, fine and gross motor skills, structure, how to work in groups, and do various other things like how to form a line. :-) The PreK class is full of play-based Kindergarten Readiness activities. Letters, numbers, writing, fine and gross motor, cooperation with peers, compassion, integrity, honesty, following instructions, self-help skills, working in large groups and small groups, science, art, and music are all part of each day. The thing we always hear from our parents is how much they appreciate that their child truly loves school and learning when they leave our program to go to Kindergarten. :-)




Redeemer Lutheran Early Childhood Center

7755 GREENSTONE TRAIL Fort Collins, CO 80521 Phone: 970-206-0381 Email: teckla@redeemerconnect.com Website: Visit Website Google Map

Redeemer Lutheran Early Childhood Center is a grace-filled community of Christians called to connect people to Jesus Christ for a life of rejoicing, relating and responding. Children learn best by doing. They gain knowledge about themselves, others, and the world around them through meaningful interactions with materials and people. The daily routine includes guided play, art, activity centers, literacy time, worship, music, group time, snack, outdoor play and storytime. Our low child-to-adult ratio, an average of two teachers per 16 children, makes a positive and nurturing environment. At Redeemer, we strive to create an atmosphere that thrives on a child's sense of wonder about God's world around them. We encourage you to visit our campus and discover for yourself how Redeemer makes a difference in the lives of young children and their families. For more than 20 years, Redeemer Early Childhood Center has educated children who go on to thrive in elementary education. Redeemer offers classes for ages 2 1/2 to 6 years of age.




Rivendell School of Northern Colorado

1800 E. Prospect Road Fort Collins, CO 80525 Phone: 970-825-7920 Email: admissions@rivendell-school.org Website: Visit Website Google Map

"Preschool - 5th Grade

Our mission is to help children achieve academic and personal excellence through individualized education. The key components of the Rivendell philosophy work together to support each student’s physical, social, emotional, creative, artistic, and academic well-being. We strive to develop students who can think critically and creatively, work independently and in groups, develop leadership skills, and reach the true limits of their potential."




 Small Oaks Christian Preschool

8005 Highland Meadows Pkwy Windsor, CO 80528 Phone: 970-294-1732 Email: rene@smalloakspreschool.com Website: Visit Website Google Map

Are you looking for a preschool in your community? Small Oaks is a parent cooperative preschool, backed and housed by DaySpring Christian Church and we are so excited for this ministry to teach your children the foundations of education and Biblical teachings. 

Our Mission
It is the mission of Small Oaks Christian Preschool to follow God’s instruction in developing each child’s unique potential and growth in Christ, desiring that each child would grow in Christ form a little acorn into an “oak of righteousness”.

Our Philosophy
It is the philosophy of Small Oaks to provide an age-appropriate educational program that allows each child to grow spiritually, intellectually, physically, and socially in a loving and caring classroom.

Our highly trained teachers direct children according to their individual capabilities and maturity level. Our classrooms are designed to be warm and inviting while creating a stimulating learning environment.





Saint Joseph Catholic School

127 N. Howes St.Fort Collins, CO 80521 Phone: 970-484-1171 Email: schooloffice@gosaintjoseph.org Website: Visit Website Google Map

Saint Joseph Catholic School offers three different early childhood programs; a three-year old preschool class (two days per week), a four-year-old pre-kindergarten class (three days per week), and a four-year-old junior kindergarten class (five days per week). These programs are designed to give children a first experience of learning within a faith-filled and loving context.



St. Luke's Preschool

2000 Stover St. Fort Collins, CO 80525 Phone: 970-493-7515 Email: preschool@stlukesfc.org Website: Visit Website Google Map

The philosophy at St. Luke's Preschool is to provide a loving atmosphere that nurtures the development of a positive sense of self in each child. The staff members help the children gain self-confidence in all areas of development - social, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual - through a variety of exploring, discovering, and fun activities.

St. Luke's Preschool began using the Core Knowledge Preschool sequence in 1999 and all teachers have been trained in the curriculum. It is a developmentally appropriate, content-rich, carefully designed program with high expectations for all children. The curriculum meets and exceeds all Colorado and National preschool standards assuring that your child will leave our program well prepared for kindergarten. For more information on the curriculum, please visit their website at www.coreknowledge.org. We would also love to discuss the curriculum in more detail.



Teaching Tree Early Childhood Learning Center

424 Pine St Fort Collins, 1209 Maple Drive, Loveland. Phone: 9704932628 Email: info@teaching-tree.org Website: Visit Website

Teaching Tree was founded as United Day Care Center in 1970, following a grassroots effort led by community groups to establish an affordable childcare center serving Larimer County's low- and middle-income families. In 1988, we opened a second center in Loveland, and in 2010, our organization was rebranded as Teaching Tree Early Childhood Learning Center, to more accurately reflect our foremost goal of promoting children's growth, development, and readiness to learn.

The Children's Workshop-Sunview

4601 Sunview Drive Loveland, CO 80538 Phone: 970-613-9424 Email: kathy.pinnell@childrens-workshop.com Website: Visit Website Google Map

Early Childhood Education from Toddlers to School Age.

At The Children's Workshop, your child will be offered a very special curriculum called Core Knowledge.  The core knowledge sequence identifies skill and knowledge competencies in all areas-Physical Well-Being and Motor Development, Social and Emotional Development, Approaches to Learning, Language Development and Knowledge Acquisition, and Cognitive Development.  By specifying define expectation, the Core Knowledge Preschool sequence provides everyone teachers, parents, and children a clear vision of where they are going.  Knowing these definite goals allows teachers to provide experiences that will lead children towards the acquisition of each goal.  Setting clear expectations and standards has repeatedly proven to be the most effective way of ensuring that all young children gain the knowledge and skills they need for future learning in school.