Early Childhood Program Descriptions

  • D11 Preschool in Elementary Schools-

    Most children attend preschool at their neighborhood elementary school in classes of up to 16 students. Each classroom is staffed by a certified teacher and 2 assistants. Our teachers are highly qualified through Colorado Department of Education as Early Childhood Special Educators, and many possess a Master’s level college degree. 

    Preschoolers attend Monday through Thursday in either a morning or afternoon session, for 3 hours per session. Start and end times vary by location.  Students will experience a literacy-based circle time, a small instructional group, 60 minutes of student-directed play-based learning, an interactive circle time, a family-style snack time, as well as gross motor time on a playground. 

    Special Education services are available at each site.  Students identified with special needs receive all related special education services in the classroom, alongside their neighborhood peers.  If you have concerns about your child’s development or need more information regarding Special Education evaluations, please see the information regarding Child Find.

    Once you have completed the Preschool Application, we will review the information and determine your child’s placement.  As soon as a placement becomes available, you will hear from the Early Childhood Office by phone or email. Placement is ongoing throughout the school year, as space becomes available in our different preschool classrooms.  When you accept a preschool placement, please be prepared to complete or provide the following required paperwork: 

    1. D-11 Online Enrollment Registration
    2. Birth Certificate
    3. Immunization Record
    4. Proof of Residence
    5. Proof of Physical signed by a doctor within the past year


    D-11 Elementary Preschool Programs available at the following sites: 






    Freedom (2 classrooms)

    Fremont (2 classrooms)

    Henry (2 classrooms)



    Keller (2 classrooms)


    Madison (2 classrooms)

    Martinez (2 classrooms)

    McAuliffe (2 classrooms)


    Penrose (2 classrooms)











    Community Partnership for Child Development (CPCD)/ Head Start Preschool-

    District 11 partners with CPCD/ Head Start to allow eligible preschool students to attend their neighborhood school. The sites are located in various D11 elementary buildings, and each classroom is managed by a teacher and 2 assistants. One session serves 3- and 4-year-old preschool students who are Head Start eligible, including those receiving special education services. The other session is a mixture of Colorado Preschool Program eligible students and students with special education needs. Class size is limited to 16 or 17 students. 

    CPCD/ Head Start preschool programs are available at D11 Elementary Sites:




    Queen Palmer



    Community-Operated Off-site Preschools -

    We have partnered for 15 years with the private child care community of Colorado Springs to serve 3- and 4-year-old students eligible through Colorado Preschool Program, in 5 centers within District 11 boundaries. Class size is limited by state statute to 16 students. The class is staffed by a teacher who meets child care licensing requirements and 1 assistant. This extension of the CPP program is a required partnership under the CPP Act.

    Locations at Community Sites:

    Early Connections at Rio Grande

    Early Connections at Antlers Place

    Junior Academy Small Wonders

    Junior Academy

    Ruth Washburn Cooperative Nursery.


    The Early Learning Center

    The Early Learning Center provides high-quality childcare and Early Head Start services to the infant and toddlers of teen parents working to earn their high school diploma from D11.  This program is located at the Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus and serves 24 infants and toddlers each year. The opportunity for on-site child care enables their teen parents to succeed as students and as parents. This program is FREE or low-cost monthly co-payments for CCCAP eligible families. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (719)328-2180.