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.
A Colorado Shines "Level 5" rating means Wildflower Preschool is recognized as being one of the top preschools in the state of Colorado.
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.
Wildflower Preschool has worked diligently over many years to build a quality program. Colorado Shines recognizes Wildflower Preschool as one of the top preschools in the state of Colorado! There is no higher rating than "Level 5", so be assured that Wildflower Preschool has been vetted and certified as having the highest quality program that the state recognizes. There are many factors that parents should consider when looking for child care, including availability, cost and location, but studies show time and time again that quality is the most important consideration because children grow and develop so much in their first years of life. Experts say 90% of a child's brain development occurs by age five - a fact that explains why early learning is a critical part of childhood and why enrollment in a quality program is so vital.
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 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!
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!
Ms Hanna is so excited to be a part of the Wildflower team. She is currently pursuing her C.D.A. credential for Early Childhood and has been working with children 5-14 years old in before and after care programs. Hanna has always had a passion for working with children and loves the enjoyment that the children bring to the classroom each and every day. In her free time Hanna likes to be outdoors, hang out with friends and family, and playing with her two dogs (Belle and Scooter).
Ms. Bailey has lived in Colorado since she was 7, moving to Boulder in 2018. She completed her Bachelors in Psychology in 2021 along with a minor in Sociology and a Certificate in Public Health. Bailey is working on her Master's in School Aged Counseling. In her free time Ms.Bailey enjoys spending time with her family and pets and playing Animal Crossing. Sunflowers are her favorite and she loves crafting. Ms. Bailey is new to the Cicadas classroom but not to Wildflower. She was a camp counselor for the Boulder Young Explorers Summer Camp in 2021. Ms. Bailey's previous experience was as a middle school special education para and an elementary school substitute.
Ms Meredith is an Early Childhood Teacher the last three years and her work experience includes running the Early Preschool classroom at La Petite Academy of Westminster, and co-teaching the toddler classroom at the YWCA of Boulder County. Meredith aims to emphasize social-emotional learning in everything she does in the classroom. She loves to have fun and make kids (and teachers!) laugh. Meredith has a robust background in the performing arts, holding a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She utilizes these skills in the classroom by planning engaging music and movement activities, and has also taught a music elective class for ages 2-4.
Ms. Kat is a rare Colorado Native (born and raised). She has earned an Associate’s Degree in Early Elementary Education and is currently pursuing a bachelor's in education at UNC (University of Northern Colorado). Ms. Kat has worked with children for over 6 years (ages 4-14 years). She loves to spend her free time with friends and family.
Ms Jessica grew up in Texas and moved to Colorado in 2012. She has her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Political Science. Jessica also holds a Large Center Director Certificate with the State of Colorado. She’s been working in early childhood for more than 10 years, primarily with toddlers.
Most recently, Jessica was a Director of a large child care center in Longmont. Jessica is a new mom, and loves spending time with her new little family. She lives in Longmont with her partner Cole, her son Miles, and her dog Hawkeye Pierce. In her free time, she likes to go on adventures with her family, listen to concerts (or go to them, when she can), watch baseball and read books. She’s excited to get to know all the kids and families at Wildflower!
Ms Kris has worked with children for 25 years and has been a lead teacher in a 2-3 year old classroom for many of these years. Kris has completed her ECE certification as well as has received her Early Childhood Directors qualification. Kris has two children (Aspien and Trystin), as well as two grandchildren (Kruz and Santino) with another grandchild on the way due in January 2022.
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August 23rd FIRST DAY of Fall Session
September 7th CLOSED Labor Day
November 22nd- 26th CLOSED for Thanksgiving Holiday
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