At Wildflower Preschool, we foster the child as a scientist; always experimenting, exploring nature, testing their hypotheses and continually molding their view of the world in which they live.
Our teachers enrich the environment daily to encourage child-directed exploration and sensorial learning. We establish daily home-like routines and incorporate gardening, cooking, art, free play, nature walks, and quiet-time in order to bridge the child’s transition from the home to school.
Our Student/Teacher Ratio is currently 6:1, 7:1 or 8:1 depending on the class, which allows for superior learning and quality of care. Great education starts with a small student/teacher ratios!
We are so fortunate to have a campus that is nearly six acres where we can explore, go on nature walks, ride bikes and scooters, have a covered outdoor classroom and grow plenty of food in our own organic garden. AND we have a wonderful new playground with mature fruit trees in it for shade!
Wildflower Preschool has a fantastic team of teachers dedicated to early childhood development best practices. Everyone has been trained in Pyramid Plus and Devereux Early Childhood Assessment Program. We continue to further our education to increase our toolset to provide the best strategies for learning, social interaction and behavior modification.
We have our own state of the art bus with child appropriate restraints that we utilize for our Young Explorers summer camp and for outings for the preschool. Our outings include Hiking, The Denver Zoo, Wildlife Sanctuary, Downtown Aquarium, Dinosaur Ridge and MANY MORE! We have even been know to stop for ice cream on occasion!
Young Explorers is a summer camp created for the graduates of Wildflower Preschool and other school age children. The goal is to be outside exploring, learning and having fun all summer long. The inaugural year was a BIG hit, so make sure you sign up early as there are only 13 spots in this exclusive summer camp.
At Wildflower Preschool, we foster the child as a scientist; always experimenting, exploring nature, testing their hypotheses and continually molding their view of the world in which they live. We support emergent curriculum, but incorporate periodic themes where we integrate several different learning areas including: Project Approach, Storybook Journeys, Science and Nature Exploration, Music and Movement, Sign Language, and Nutrition and Exercise. Our teachers enrich the environment daily to encourage child-directed exploration and sensorial learning. We establish daily home-like routines and incorporate gardening, cooking, art, free play, nature walks, and quiet-time in order to bridge the child’s transition from the home to school. The development of social-emotional skills in our students is a key component in our classroom routines. We use a purchased social-emotional curriculum called Second Step, as structure for our intentional instruction to support social and emotional competencies.
Our staff members consistently model respectful behaviors and healthy habits. We follow the Pyramid Plus Model and use the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment Program to help teach our children positive social behaviors while we focus on the strengths of each child. Both programs encourage positive relationships between teachers and families while working to support the child.
Wildflower Preschool is dedicated to the promotion of healthy lifestyles by staying active and eating nutritious meals. Children attending the school will participate in weekly yoga lessons and neighborhood walks to parks. We have a tricycle path and vehicles on our playground to allow for plenty of gross motor movement each day. We also follow the guidelines of 5-2-1-0, or the “Let’s Go” campaign. This model promotes 5 or more fruits and vegetables per day, 2 or less hours of screen time (Wildflower has NO screen time!), 1 hour or more of active play, and 0 sugary drinks. Classroom schedules are designed to provide at the minimum 30 minutes of structured time and 30 minutes of unstructured time for physical activity each day, both indoors and outdoors. Our school works closely with the Boulder County Public Health to provide nutritious, fresh and well-balanced morning and afternoon snacks.
Our curriculum reflects our healthy beliefs. We incorporate nutritional education and games into our weekly routines, especially in the spring/summer months when we tend our school garden. We focus our lessons on literacy and language development, by learning letter sounds, learning to recognize letters, and fostering a love of books and storytelling. Science and math are incorporated into our lessons by way of graphing, counting, sorting, collecting, mixing, measuring, comparing and through structured experiments.
Our staff members are highly educated and trained to facilitate a strong, caring, and supportive community for our children. Wildflower Preschool strongly believes in continued education and professional training. Most of our staff have Masters degrees in Early Childhood, or related fields as well as specialized trainings such as Pyramid Plus, Filp It, and Touch Points.
Fun Day at the Denver Zoo
With nearly six acres, most of which is in a natural state, we have lots of space to explore on nature walks, conduct outside classes, collect bugs, ride our bikes, have water days or just get out and run and play games. It is exciting to see wild animals on our campus including rabbits, owls, robins, hawks, golden eagle, deer and many other animals that wander through our property.
When Wildflower moved locations it was a chance of a lifetime for us to craft a new playground based on what we felt would be the most funs for kids. We converted an old fruit orchard retaining several trees within the playground, built a great play structure, trike track, playhouse, artificial grass area, HUGE group sand box and water play and magnetic board play areas. The kids never want to leave!
Our classrooms are licensed for 20 or more children, but our class sizes typically are held to 12 children or less, which gives us plenty of room for creative space, yoga, quiet time spaces and the ability to divide a class into two smaller groups and comfortably work in the same classroom.
Not only do we have a covered large outdoor classroom that is ideal for projects (such as our gold panning or fossil prep classes), but we literally have nearly 6 acres to utilize as an outdoor classroom. Getting outside is a big part of our everyday routine at Wildflower Preschool whether it is in the summer or bundling up in the winter and going out for snow play.
Each month our teachers strive to reconfigure at least one portion of each classroom into a new creative area. Our large classrooms allows us to do things like have a fun loft in one room, reading areas, headphone listening stations, art and science project work areas and just comfy areas to hang out.
Ms Ali and Mr. Tony run the gardening program each year which is a big hit with the kids. Last year they harvested over 4,000 cherry tomatoes, hundreds of cucumbers and onions, strawberries, lettuce, sugar snap peas ALL of which the children and their families ate. Our kids LOVE vegetables from the garden. AND of course there is a Pumpkin Patch as well!
Amy grew up in Boulder and is an outdoor person who enjoys cycling, hiking, camping and the mountains and sharing her enthusiasm for the outdoors with the children. After raising three children she dedicated herself to early childhood education and went back to school to become an Early Childhood Director in addition to her Master's Degree in Elementary Education. Amy continues to study children's development and received the prestigious Buell Fellowship Award and has completed not only Buell leadership program but also the Coaching Credentials for Early Childhood Development through DU Denver and the Coaching Consortium 2020.
Ms Rachel finds it fun and rewarding being part of the Wildflower team. She has lived in Colorado since studying at the University of Colorado and received her Bachelors Degree in Communications. She was a Girl Scout for 13 yers and worked at summer camps for four years and after school during college teaching STEAM Science and Robotics at elementary schools in the Boulder area. Rachel enjoys watching children evolve into amazing human beings. She is also working to complete her coursework to be a Lead Teacher for Wildflower Preschool.
Ms. Ali is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area but has been living in Boulder since 2015. She recently graduated from CU Boulder in Psychology and Ecology/Evolutionary Biology. Ali has a deep love for plants and still works at the East Campus greenhouse when she has the time and runs the kids gardening program at Wildflower Preschool. Ali lives in a home with two cats and a dog. She has a love for hanging out with young ones grew up in a huge family and has been a camp counselor for many years. Ali is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of all Wildflower children’s lives! Ali is also working to complete her Lead Teacher coursework.
Ms Jessi has worked with children professionally since 2014 and has a CDA (Childhood Development Associates) as well as a certificate in Pyramid Plus. Jessi has always had a passion for working with children and she enjoys their imagination, creativity and unconditional love. Jessi is a newlywed and enjoying married life with her husband Jason and they have four cats and a dog (Bubbles, Bailey, Felicity, Casper and their dog, Ruby). Jessi is a huge Disney fan and enjoys Backstreet Boys music and anything artsy like painting and coloring. She is very excited to be a teacher at Wildflower Preschool and can’t wait to get to know all the kiddos!
Cari is very passionate about early childhood education. She began teaching at a Montessori school in Boise, Idaho in 2008 and has been loving working with children ever since. Cari then moved to Portland, Oregon where she worked for her first RIE and Reggio school, then back to Colorado to teach at another RIE and Reggio school in Denver. Over the years Cari realized how much she loves nature-based education and social-emotional development, not only in children but also in herself. With her own education and growth in mind, she decided to work towards getting her Masters in Early Childhood Education as well as a coaching certification. Cari is excited for her educational journey to continue at Wildflower Preschool! In her free time Cari likes to roller skate, make and sell malas, and meditates regularly. She also loves to paint, draw, and listen to music. Currently, Cari lives with her boyfriend and their two dogs, Sirius and Radley.
Hannah graduated from CU Boulder in May of 2020 with her degrees in Psychology as well as Sociology. She loves doing art, playing guitar and spending time with her kitties Jasper and Nova! After working with young children in past positions such as coaching soccer camps and being a Registered Behavior Technician, Hannah has realized her love of early childhood education. She believes that each child has immense capacity to learn, grow and explore and is excited to facilitate the process of healthy and happy development in these little learners!
Angela has over 22 years of experience working with children from 6 weeks to 12 years. She started in the Early Childhood field when she was 16. Angela volunteered at a childcare program while she was taking a Childcare vocational program in high school where she earned her CDA. Angela was then hired on as a school age assistant teacher. She worked her way up the ranks and at the age 21, Angela was promoted to site director. She was the youngest director in the state of Ohio at the time. In 2006, she and her husband moved their family to Colorado. She loved being a director but she knew that her heart belonged in the classroom, so she went back to teaching at a small private center where she worked with both preschool and school-age children. Angela was then asked to take on the role to train new staff and help create a curriculum the school. When her daughters reached school age, Angela began to work for the public school. Angela has earned her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, her Director certification, as well as other early childhood certificates. S he considers herself a lifelong learner and enjoys taking early childhood classes when she
can. Angela is the mother of 3 beautiful daughters and a wife to her husband of 12 years. They are a very close family and love spending time together. Together they love to explore new places and experience new things. When Angela has some alone time, Angela enjoys reading, journaling, crafting and walking her two dogs.
Ms. Ally moved from Minnesota to Colorado in 2015. She has an Associate’s degree in Administration of Child Development and is working on her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at CU Denver. Ally has worked in early childhood for 6 years with ages 6 weeks to 5 years. She has her large center director qualifications and her Pyramid Plus certification. In her free time, she loves to hike, hang out with friends and family, travel and go camping with her boyfriend and dog. She is very excited to get to know the kids and families at Wildflower!
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CURRENTLY WE ARE ON A COVID-19 HOURS SCHEDULE OF 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
August 24th FIRST DAY of Fall Session
September 7th CLOSED Labor Day
November 23rd- 27th CLOSED for Thanksgiving Holiday
December 24th-Jan 3rd CLOSED for Winter Break
January 4th First Day Back-to-School Spring Semester
March 22nd-26th CLOSED Spring Break
May 31st. CLOSED Memorial Day
July 5th. CLOSED Independence Day
NOTE: We follow BVSD for weather school closures. Please see BVSD website for snow days or other weather closures. If BVSD is NOT in session Ms Amy will make the determination as to delay the start of the day or cancel school for the day due to weather and will notify families by 7:30 AM. If during the day the weather turns for the worse Ms Amy may CLOSE school early so families and teachers may drive home safely.
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