The children are grouped by ages into four classes. "Popcorn" and "Peanut" classes are reserved for younger children "Bubblegum” and "Crackerjack” classes are for children preparing for entrance into kindergarten. We are licensed for 20 children per class and each class has three teaching staff.
Our theme based curriculum is geared toward helping children develop literacy, math and science concepts as well as fostering creativity, social, emotional and physical development. The "Second Step" Curriculum is an early learning program that focuses on teaching important skills related to children's social and emotional development. It focuses on skills such as listening, focus, empathy, emotion management, friendship skills, and problem solving. The “Get Set For School” program through Learning Without Tears is utilized for our Pre-K children. Through music, movement, building, coloring and multi-sensory activities, children have fun as they develop important school readiness skills.
At Happy Valley, we follow the Colorado Early Learning Guidelines and Colorado Academic Standards to prepare children for Kindergarten entry. Children are assessed on these guidelines twice during the school year to determine their developmental progress.
Classes are in session from September through May, Monday through Friday. We offer a three-hour morning session two or three days per week (8:00 A.M - 11:00 A.M or 8:15 A.M. - 11:15 A.M.). For Preschool we offer a two and one half hour afternoon session two or three days per week (12:00 P.M. - 2:30 P.M or 12:15 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.). Our Pre-K afternoon session is two hours and forty-five minutes two or three days per week (12:00 - 2:45 PM or 12:15 - 3:00 PM). Our four-day program is available to Pre-K children only, and is Monday through Thursday 12:15 PM - 3:00 PM.