Colorado Springs School District 11



  • The Early Childhood Education program in School District 11 is a high-quality program designed to serve our youngest learners, including children with special needs.  We serve 3- and 4-year-old students who reside in the boundaries of Colorado Springs School District 11.  Colorado Department of Education funds our program at NO COST to families through the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP).  Through multiple community partnerships, we offer 34 preschool programs located in D-11 elementary schools, 5 Head start preschool programs located in D-11 elementary schools, and preschool programs in 5 community sites located throughout the city.  We work with families to determine the best location to fit with their students’ needs.  

    Our preschools provide high-quality instruction to support each child’s developmental needs.  We use a comprehensive, integrated curriculum consistent with nationally recognized standards.  Our preschools introduce children to routine and structure within a school setting.  Within our literacy-rich play-based program, we focus on social and emotional skills, language development, and pre-academic development, while promoting independence.

    Our preschool program complies with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and accommodates children with special needs.  If you have concerns about your child’s development, please see the information regarding Child Find.

    Students who are 3 or 4 years of age by October 1 and who live within District 11 boundaries are encouraged to apply today.  We place children in preschool throughout the entire year as space becomes available.  Please call 520-2540 for more information.

    -Sarah Carlson, Director of Early Childhood



    The mission of Early Childhood Services is to provide the highest quality developmentally appropriate programs for children from birth to kindergarten.  The quality of life for a child and the contributions the child makes to society as an adult can be traced back to these first 5 years of life. 

    From birth to five, a child undergoes tremendous growth and change.  If this period of life includes support for growth in cognition, language, motor skills, adaptive skills and social-emotional functioning, the developmental foundation for a child is laid and that child is more likely to succeed in school.

    Learning begins at birth. Early childhood education should be included as a core component of the educational system to prepare children for success as they enter the PK-12 system. Parental involvement is essential for children to ensure success in school.

    Belief Statements              

    • Preschool students should be able to attend the same elementary sites as their siblings whenever space allows.
    • To the fullest extent possible, children with disabilities should learn alongside their neighborhood peers, in their neighborhood schools.
    • Preschool curriculum should be aligned to early learning standards and should emphasize the development of the whole child.
    • Community partnerships are an integral part of the District 11 preschool program.  These sites are housed in local child care centers with whom the District has a partnership. 

Director of Early Childhood

  • Sarah Carlson
    (719) 520-2538