Early Childhood Program Descriptions

  • D11 Elementary Preschools (26 sites)-  This program serves three and four year old students enrolled through the state preschool program, Colorado Preschool Program (CPP), and students who are qualified for special education services.  Most children attend their neighborhood school.  Class size is limited by CPP statute to 16 students.  Classrooms average 30% special education students and 70% CPP students.  Each class is staffed by a certified teacher and 2 assistants.  There is an a.m. and a p.m. session.  Operation hours are Monday through Thursday.  Preschool students with special needs receive all related special education services in the classroom with their typical peers.  Students who are funded through CPP are those who have risk factors in their family and developmental backgrounds.  They are placed according to the students who have the most risk-factors.
     
    Community Partnership for Child Development (CPCD)/ Head Start Preschool (9 sites)    District 11 partners with CPCD/ Head Start to allow preschool students to attend their neighborhood school.   The sites are located in various D11 elementary building. In one session, this program serves three and four year old preschool students who are Head Start eligible.  This session will also includes preschool students who are eligible for special educations services.  In the other session, the three and four year old preschoolers are a mixture of CPP eligible students and students who are special education eligible.  Class size is limited to 16 or 17 students.  CPCD staff consist of a teacher and 2 assistants. 
     
    Community Operated D11 Elementary Preschools (1 sites-  This program serves three and four year old students enrolled through CPP and students who are eligible for special education.  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.  There is an a.m. and a p.m. session. 
     
    Community Operated Off-site Preschools (6 sites)-  This program serves three and four year old students enrolled through CPP only.  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.  We have partnered for 15 years with the private child care community.  These 10 sites are located within D11 boundaries.  These sites include Early Connections at Rio Grande, Early Connections at Antlers Place, Junior Academy Small Wonders, Junior Academy, and Ruth Washburn.
     
    Child Find- This program is mandated by IDEA and serves 475 children, birth through five.  The program conducts multi-disciplinary assessments on students year round.  One component serves children birth to three (Part C).  The staff conducts initial home visits for all referrals on children under three, as per state law.  This program is funded through special education. 
     
    Tesla Early Learning Center- This program serves 24 infants and toddlers each year.  The children attend the nursery at the located at the Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus.  The opportunity for on-site child care enables their teen parents to attend high school in D11 and receive their diploma.