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Phone: (719) 884-6100

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Mailing Address: 219 E Bijou St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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First Pres Preschool

Enrollment for the 2020-21 school year is open!

First Day of Class is Sept. 8

First Pres Preschool is proud to celebrate over 35 years of providing early childhood education for our community. Our preschool partners with parents to develop children who love to learn while laying a strong faith foundation for the future.

Offering a safe, nurturing learning environment in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs, our state-licensed program hosts morning classes for 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds and pre-kindergartners. First Pres Preschool is a nonprofit program, so our families receive a quality learning experience for a reasonable monthly tuition.

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Why Choose Us

 

Learning Environment

We believe in a learning environment that promotes the total development of each child spiritually, socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually. Our large and cheerful classrooms allow our credentialed teachers to focus on how their students learn best. Low student-to-teacher ratios create a positive, safe and structured environment where children learn and thrive.

Family Partnerships

We consider parents vital partners in a child's early learning experience. Parents are always welcome in the classroom. We have many opportunities for parent involvement including special class events and field trips, as well as wider programs held at First Pres.

Faith-based Values

Each child is valued by God and is full of purpose. God made children to think, grow and learn in unique ways, which is reflected in our weekly chapel designed for a child's perspective. Our goal is that each child leaves First Pres Preschool with a deep awareness of God’s love for them.

Hands-On Experiential Learning

Purposeful play and hands-on learning create opportunities to explore and discover. We include outdoor play experiences daily, with our large indoor gym available for inclement weather days. Our weekly music class is a kid and parent favorite!

Emphasis on Social and Emotional Skills 

While academic preparation is important, a child’s development as a person is crucial to their future success. As they interact with their peers and the attentive adults in their class, children gain the skills necessary to successfully navigate the first years of elementary school.

Life Readiness

We teach children timeless values that prepare them to be good citizens of their classroom, society and world. Focusing on the whole child encourages social, emotional, spiritual, physical and academic development.

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Tuition

Two-morning program: $195/month 

Three-morning program: $270/month

Four-morning program: $310/month

Friday Enrichment Program: $85/month

My child is not yet 3 years old. When can they be enrolled?

Our programs begin at age 3. Please contact us as your child’s birthday approaches, and if space is available, we would love to have your child join us! We do ask that all children be potty trained before they enroll in our preschool.

What is the Enrichment Program? 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not offering the Friday Enrichment Program at this time.

The Friday Enrichment Program is an additional class parents can select to add more hands-on learning, art and science experiments to their child’s learning experience. The class is open to 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds each Friday during the normal preschool hours of 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Enroll for the year, because space is extremely limited!

Can I pay online? 

Yes! We offer several ways to pay, including via the SmartCare app where you can make one-time or monthly payments. You may also pay at the Welcome Center desk at your convenience after dropping off your child.

How are your teachers trained in regard for safety? How secure is your downtown location?

We take the safety of the children in our care seriously. All teachers undergo background checks and are certified in CPR/First Aid. The exterior doors to the church are locked, aside from the Weber Street main entrance, which is monitored by our security staff. Visitors at the main entrance must check in with a receptionist. Our security staff gets to know the preschoolers and works with our staff to alleviate any concerns.

Where do I drop off and pick up my child? 

You may enter through the Weber Street entrance and bring your child to his or her classroom on the second floor, or use the carpool lane to put your child in the care of a teacher’s aide, and also pick up your child without getting out of your car.

This option is particularly helpful to parents with other small children or for parents who need to get to work or an appointment quickly after dropping their child off for school. This option is available to all First Pres Preschool families.

Do you offer early dropoff? 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not offering the Friday Enrichment Program at this time.

In the future we will offer an early dropoff beginning at 8 a.m. It may be used as needed. A staff member will pick up your child from you at the carpool lane. After 8:10 a.m., you may still use the early dropoff; however, you will need to bring your child inside to the preschool. There is a $6 fee per use.

Regular classes begin at 9 a.m., and the classroom doors will be open at that time. 

What is Lunch Bunch? 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not offering the Friday Enrichment Program at this time.

We offer a hour-long Lunch Bunch program Monday through Thursday each week. This is a great option for parents who work part-time or who need an extra hour to run errands or finish appointments.

If you would like your child to attend the staff-supervised Lunch Bunch program on any given day, you will need to mark the "Lunch Bunch" box on your child's classroom sign-in sheet. You will also need to provide the lunch for your child. Your child's teacher will take your child and his/her belongings to the Lunch Bunch room at 12 p.m. You will pick your child up at 1 p.m. During Lunch Bunch, your child will eat lunch with friends, followed by the opportunity for free play and other activities in the classroom. The cost for Lunch Bunch is $6 per day.