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Child Care + Preschool

Half-day care, full-day care, music-focused, nature-focused, and more! Scout out the best child care organizations and early education programs in the Boulder area.

Bixby School


Ages: Preschool - 5th Grade

Bixby School was founded in 1970. Our school is organized around the belief that children are unique individuals, each with their own abilities, interests, and needs. Our school design provides students with opportunities for healthy risk-taking and responsibility for choices, feeds children’s natural curiosity and intrinsic joy of learning, and cultivates critical thinking skills and mastery of concepts. Our shared core values are respect, responsibility, and empathy. 3-acre Campus, Student: Faculty ratio 6:1 Extended Day Available: 7:15 am - 5:45 pm daily, Hot Lunch prepared daily (included), Indoor pool, Weekly Swim Lessons. Play-based programming.


Boulder Country Day School - Preschool


4820 Nautilus Ct. North
2.5 years - 8th grade
Hours & Days: M-F, 3-day and 5-day options for Preschool. 8am to 3pm, middle school until 3:15pm.
After school care and enrichment classes available. Boulder Country Day School, where academic distinction meets education with character. BCD is a top rated, accredited private school in Boulder, Colorado where every child has the opportunity to discover their own unique excellence. BCD Preschool is a unique learning environment where teachers can build meaningful relationships with each student, nurture their strengths, and help them meet goals through focused, individualized attention. Every child deserves to be known and loved, and our small class sizes and low student/teacher ratios empower us to live this value every day.

C: Susan Boyle
P: (303)-527-4931 x 248


Fairy Ring Garden


9147 Fleetwood Ave.
1 - 5 years

Hours & Days: Year-round. 8:30am to 3:30pm. Full-days and half-days. M-F.
Licensed. Lifeways (Waldorf) Certified.
A small, play-based, outdoor-focused home school for children ages one to five in North Longmont. We see every child as unique and beautiful with unlimited potential. They are seeds to be nurtured with love, guidance, and grace so that they might blossom into the fullest expression of who they are meant to be. Outdoor learning with gardening and farm animals. Master’s degree teachers. Chemical free, eco-friendly environment. Based on Waldorf/Lifeways philosophy. Organic, all natural foods, many taken from our own garden. A non-profit school welcoming diverse families, regardless of race, socio-economic status, or gender orientation.

C: Ginger Johnson, M.Ed.
P: (303) 507-7331


Friends School


5465 Pennsylvania

Ages: 3-4 yrs. Preschool/Pre-K 4-5 year olds.
Hours & Days: Full-day: 9am - 3pm M-Th; 9am - 1pm F; Half­-day: 9am - 12pm M-F. August - May/Summer Camp.
Licensed & Accredited.
A supportive community, committed to educating the whole child--head, hand, and heart. Outdoor-oriented classrooms connected to nature encourage learning through play and exploration with a focus on relationships, communication, art, nature immersion, and a foundation for pre-academic skills. Small classes, low student teacher ratios, wide variety of high-quality materials and experiences. Specials including music, art and PE. Award-winning, master-level teachers with over 20 years of experience in each classroom. Personalized Affordable Tuition. ACIS accredited, NAIS member.

C: Taylor Replane


P: (303) 499-1999


Montessori Academy— Lafayette


801 N 111th Street

Ages: 1 - 6 years
Hours & Days: M-F. 8:30am - 3pm. Full- and half-day and partial week programs, with some before- & after-school care. August - May school year, June - mid August Summer Camp Program.
Licensed. Participating in Universal Pre-K. Colorado Shines level 5 school.
Montessori Academy provides a challenging and nurturing environment that leads children toward confidence, independence, and a life of learning through discovery, observation, and positive, helpful friendships. We offer toddler, preschool, and kindergarten programs in a nurturing environment that respects each individual child. Montessori Academy has been an American Montessori Society full-member school since 2002. Our lead teachers are certified. Preschool classroom currently bilingual with a Spanish teacher. Multiple Covid-safety precautions. See our Facebook page for a short virtual tour! Please call if you would like more information or to enroll.

C: Beth Weekley
P: (303) 926-8321


Sacred Heart of Jesus School - 
Early Learning Center

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1317 Mapleton Ave. Boulder, CO 80304
3-5 years
Hours & Days: 8am - 3pm. 3, 4 and 5-day schedule; full and half day options. After-Care from 3pm - 6pm.
The transition from home life to school is an important milestone in a child's early development. At SHJ, love, and care for each student helps to ensure a smooth transition. Our Preschool program for 3-year-olds develops social-emotional and early learning skills through hands-on, play-based activities. Children practice independence, patience, sharing, and listening—the building blocks for a lifetime of success. Our Pre-K class for 4-year-olds is filled with the discovery and lots of learning through play. Children engage in creative lessons to develop early literacy and math proficiency and prepare them for Kindergarten.
C: Heather Elhardt
P: 303-447-2362

Sunflower Preschool

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3340 Dartmouth, 80305
2.5 - 6 years
Hours & Days: M-F. Day Camp. Part-time schedules available.
Sunflower celebrates 40 years of connecting young children to nature and their inherent sense of wonder! The Summer Camp emphasis at Sunflower is on outdoor activities and connecting children with nature. Sunflower is now a Certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom, a National Wildlife Federation certified wildlife habitat, as well as PACE certified since 2008. We enjoy taking walks to Martin Park, gardening, water play, arts and crafts, and learning about native plants and animals. Please bring your own lunch, bathing suits, and towels. See ad.
C: Marisa Ellman
P: (303) 494-2012

TLC Learning Center Preschool


611 Korte Pkwy, Longmont, CO 80501

Hours & Days: M-F, 7:30a-5:30p (full- and half-day options available)

About TLC: We’ve been nurturing success in all kids for over 65 years! Our childcare, preschool and therapy center focuses on helping kids of all abilities develop the cognitive, physical and social-emotional skills they need to thrive in school and beyond.

C: Lisa Stratton, Educational Services Manager 

P: 303-776-7417 



Wee Folk Forest Kindergarten


2.5 - 6 years
Hours & Days: Flexible Scheduling: Mornings, Afternoons, or Full Days. 8:30am - 3:30pm. Mon-Fri.
Wee Folk Forest Kindergarten is a "rain or shine" outdoor preschool/kindergarten in the greater Boulder area for children ages 2 1/2 to 6, and children 0 to 2 1/2 in our Parent/Tot program.
C: Elizabeth
P: (720) 383-4406

Blossom International Preschool, LLC

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5001 Pennsylvania Avenue
Boulder, CO 80303

Ages: 2.5 - 6 years
Hours & Days: 8am - 5pm. M-F. August 1st to May 30th - Closed in July
Blossom International Preschool, LLC is a member of WECAN, CAEYC, CAFCC and AATF. We are a FARM to ECE preschool. Blossom International Preschool is a Waldorf-inspired, play- and nature-based Licensed Child Care Center in operation since 2015. We follow a multicultural Waldorf inspired curriculum and French language is integrated into our daily rhythm and circle/songs. Spanish, German and Italian are also spoken in the school. We create a safe, nurturing and supportive environment, empowering children to explore and expand during their early years. We have three beautiful Waldorf-inspired classrooms. We celebrate U.S. and International festivals and holidays. At Blossom, we celebrate diversity and we welcome families with children ages 2.5 to 6 years old.

C: Marie-Pierre Nicoletti
P: (303) 819-4084


Children's House Preschool


3370 Iris Walk Ct Boulder, CO 80304
3 - 5.5 years
Hours & Days: M-Th, 8:30am – 3pm. Summer hours are 9am to 1pm. M-Th.
Licensed. Children’s House has been providing high quality preschool experiences to families in Boulder since 1970. Our dynamic preschool program brings children of all ages, abilities, and cultures together for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The four cornerstones of our program are Creativity, Nature and Science, Multiculturalism, and Service. Our program is inspired by Reggio-Emilia and we use the Storybook Journey approach to teach children using literature in the classroom. Children learn lifelong skills and learn to care deeply about themselves, each other, and the Earth. We are a leading Boulder County Health’s “Farm to ECE” program and have 5 large garden beds and onsite growing planters that are cared for by our children and families. Children plant, water, harvest, wash and prepare our fresh-grown produce for their snacks. Our bus enables us to go on regular field trips to local creeks, ponds, pools, gardens, forest trails and exploring different parks. Join us today.

Flagstaff Academy


2040 Miller Drive, Longmont 80501
3 - 5 years
Hours & Days: Full-Time: M-F, 8:30am - 3:15pm. Part-Time: M-Th; 8:30 - 11:30am or 12:20 - 3:15pm.
Now enrolling for the 23/24 school year. Flagstaff Academy offers both full-time and part-time preschool options for children ages 3 - 5. Founded in 2009, our preschool incorporates the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence Curriculum and Early Learning Developmental Guidelines. Children in the preschool program develop both socially and academically, and discover that learning is fun through play-based activities. Unique learning opportunities include regular visits to our greenhouse/geo-conservatory classroom and teaching garden, and school library time.
C: Natalie Martin, Preschool Director
P: (303) 651-7900

Miss Joanie Drama


Miss Joanie Drama offers full-day camps for Summer, Winter Break, Spring Break, School Day Off Workshops, Holiday entertainment, and MORE! Check out NEW AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM: Dorothy’s Return to Oz, 6 weeks in October and November.
C: Joanie Rubald

Off Broadway Preschool


1235 Pine Street
Ages: 3-5 years Year-round

Hours & Days: M-F. Full- or half-days from 8:30 am to 12:30 or 3:30 pm. Extended care 8 am to 5:30 pm.
At Off Broadway Preschool, we aim to inspire curiosity, creativity, and compassion in children and families through the arts. Our daily schedule balances child-directed play experiences with structured group classes in music, yoga, visual art, and integrated arts. We employ professional educators to guide children through the school day, and keep low teacher-to-student ratios (1:5) to ensure that children and families are given personalized attention. Meals are prepared in-house using high quality organic ingredients. Our recently updated facility is conveniently located in downtown Boulder which allows us to take walking field trips to the Farmers Market, library and Museum of Boulder. Adjustments have been made to the facility and daily program to adhere to state, city and Early Childhood Council COVID-19 guidelines.

C: Bethany

P: 303-800-0324



Snow Lion Preschool

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Contemplative, play-based preschool for children ages 16 months-5 years old when they start in the fall.
C: Rachel Kaplan

Sunflower Farm Preschool



Summer & Fall School-Age, Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten Farm-Based Programs for children Age 3-8. Choose 2 or more mornings, afternoons or full days, Summer Hours, 8:30-3, School Year Hours 8:30-4:00. This mostly outdoor based program consists of hands-on animal time, harvesting and gardening, outdoor nature play, project based learning and so much more!

P: (303) 774-8001

Treehouse Learning

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175 N. 96th St. Louisville, CO 80027
2 months - Kindergarten
Hours & Days: Full-Time: M-F, 7:30am - 5:30pm.
Treehouse Learning supports whole-person development and integration through intentional, responsive, and respectful experiences. Now in its 26th year of operation as a family-owned-and-run business, Treehouse Learning exists to help humans thrive and co-create the world we want to see. Our approach is rooted in whole-brain, whole-person philosophy to support optimal and balanced development across domains of cognitive (academic) capacity, social-emotional intelligence, and physical maturation. Mixed-aged learning cohorts support continuity of care & strong relationships. Curriculum includes Brain Gym©, RULER social-emotional curriculum, music, movement, arts, nature exploration, gardening, inclusion, community engagement, and more! Community ritual of Big Circle begins each day in joyful whole-school singing. Chef-prepared lunches and snacks served daily; food grown onsite.
C: Amy Carr, Program Director
P: (303) 666-1950

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