The Summit School District Preschool Program promotes high quality, developmentally appropriate, inclusive early learning experiences for all children. We value building relationships with families to foster the growth and development of the whole child. And we seek partnerships with organizations in our community dedicated to supporting young children and their families.
Children learn about their world through play and interactions with others.
Children deserve a quality childhood so they become joyful, lifelong learners, active contributors to healthy communities, and productive members of society.
Play is the mechanism for young children's learning.
Children are competent and capable learners who can make a valuable contribution to their own, and other's, learning experiences.
We are dedicated to fostering a child's creativity and curiosity and a life-long love of learning. Our curriculum focuses on active exploration and discovery as a means of supporting all areas of development: social-emotional, language, cognitive and physical. Building social and emotional skills is at the heart of everything we do. Our learning environments are designed to foster exploration and investigation, cultivate social learning opportunities, and strengthen the sense community. Our teachers are highly qualified and dedicated early childhood educators.
We serve children who are not kindergarten age-eligible. Age Eligibility: Children who are three or four years old on or before October 1st of the school year you are applying for. (Example: For the 2020-2021 School Year, children must by 3-4 years old by October 1, 2020.)
We are an integrated preschool program and are dedicated to meeting the needs of all children. We understand that all children benefit from the opportunity to interact with similar age peers and to learn about their world in a high quality inclusive early learning environment.
We provide special education and related services to preschool-aged children who have been identified with an educational disability. If eligible, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will describe which special education and related services are required for a young learner to be successful in preschool. These services may include:
specialized instruction from an early childhood special education teacher
specialized instruction from a speech language pathologist
related services from an occupational therapist or physical therapist
The identification of an education disability begins with an appointment with the Child Find team. Children may be referred to Child Find for a developmental screening by a teacher, parent, doctor, or other agency. Information gathered during the developmental screening process will help us to determine if further assessment is needed to determine eligibility for preschool special education. If eligible, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed with specific goals to address the child's specific needs. All special education services and related services are provided at no cost to the family.
To schedule a free Developmental Screening appointment, please contact the Child Find Coordinator Tricia King at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to get a copy of the Child Referral form.
The Summit School District Child Find Program is provided without charge to families who live in the Summit School District. The purpose of the program is to:
identify children from birth up to six years old who may be having difficulty in their development
provide specialized support services when appropriate.
Parents who contact Child Find may have a concern about their child’s development in the areas of:
speech and language skills
fine and gross motor skills
social and emotional abilities.
Children may be referred to the Child Find Program at any time.
The Child Find Program provides developmental screening and, when appropriate, a comprehensive multi-disciplinary team assessment to determine eligibility for Early Intervention (birth-three years old) or Preschool Special Education Services (three-five years old). The multi-disciplinary team includes early childhood specialists and the family. If a child is determined to be eligible, then an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP, birth-3 years old) or an Individual Education Plan (IEP, 3-5 years old) is developed and services begin.
A developmental screening provides a snapshot of the child’s abilities in the areas of speech and language skills, fine and gross motor skills, thinking skills, and social and emotional abilities.
A comprehensive multi-disciplinary assessment provides an in-depth look at the child’s development conducted by a team of early childhood specialists and the family. The process includes a parent interview, a play based assessment and other assessments as appropriate.
We don't want the cost of preschool to deter families from enrolling!
Families who qualify for and are offered a slot in our preschool program, may receive tuition assistance to cover some, or even all, of their child's preschool tuition costs.
To help simplify the process, families are able to see if they qualify for one or more of these programs directly through the online School District Preschool Application, no need to submit separate applications for these programs.
The Summit Pre-K Program (SPK) helps to make high quality preschool possible for all Summit County 4-year olds in the year before they enter Kindergarten. To offset the high cost of quality preschool, SPK provides monthly tuition credits to families who meet the required criteria.
The Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) is a state-funded early childhood education program administered by the Colorado Department of Education. CPP provides access to quality early childhood education for children who lack overall learning readiness and have certain risk factors in their lives that are associated with later challenges in school.
Applicants applying for Tuition Assistance must also submit:
Proof of Residency - submit a copy of one of the following documents with at least one parent/guardian name and physical address listed:
Lease or Mortgage
Residency Verification Form (signed by the owner/renter that you live with) AND a copy of either the lease, mortgage, or a utility bill with the name of the owner/renter you live with listed. Click hereto print this form.
Income Verification - Income verification MUST be provided from ALL sources of income for ALL parents/guardians providing financial support:
Source of Income:
Income from wages
ALL of the following documents must be submitted:
2021 Federal Income Tax Return – completed and signed. Tax filing extension documentation will not be accepted