March 17, 2008,
M.N. asks from Aurora, CO on March 17, 2008
I Don't Know from Where to Start
I have a 3 and half and a 2 years old little boys. I live in SE Aurora (close to Chambers and Hampden). I want to register my kids in preschools, but I don't know from where to start and which schools they should go to. All this education system is new to me and I don't know what to do. I have been told that I am in the Cherry Creek Shool district, so I went to the website and I didn't know which one and how and when... I am confused and I really need help!
D.K. answers from Denver on March 17, 2008
S.T. answers from Denver on March 17, 2008
I used to be employed by the Cherry Creek District, and am very familiar with your area.
Sounds like your little one will attend Mission Viejo Elementary - give them a call and ask if they have a preschool program in their building. If they don't, they should be able to direct you to the nearest school that does. Not all the elementary schools house a preschool program.
They should also be able to provide you information regarding registration, dates, etc.
Start there - it's great that you're thinking about it now. Usually registration happens in the spring months for the following school year. Some schools have a waiting list because they are already full. If this happens, ask the preschool for their recommendations for nearby preschools outside the school district that you should look into.
E.R. answers from Denver on March 17, 2008
I found some information on the Cherry Creek School District website. Sometimes I find their site hard to search and navigate. Try this link. We lived in another state when my son was pre-school age, so I don't have any direct experience with the CCSD offerings. Hope this helps you start!
J.T. answers from Denver on March 17, 2008
I would suggest contacting your county's resource and referral as well as local schools. Also, depending on the ages of your children keep all options open from private preschool (center), public as well as in home daycares. I personally own and operate my own daycare and think that some kids need the center structure and some are better in a home setting to start with.
M.S. answers from Denver on March 17, 2008
You'll probably want to visit/consider more than just the public preschools. Two sources for names/phones of local private preschools - the public library and naeyc.org
the second one is national assoc. for the education of young children - they do accreditatation of preschools. even if you don't end up in a naeyc accredited school, their website has great resources for questions to ask and things to look for. most important - go w/your gut. What's great for one family may be horrible for yours and vice versa - kids have such different needs!