The school year at Happy Valley Ranch Preschool runs from September - May.
We offer morning and afternoon classes. Morning classes are 3 hours long and afternoon classes are either 2 hours and 30 minutes or 2 hours and 45 minutes long. Children may attend 2, 3 or 4 days a week. We have small class sizes of 16 children with 2 teachers.
Happy Valley Ranch Preschool believes in delivering the highest quality preschool experience for your child. That is why our curriculum and lesson plans are aligned to the Colorado Early Learning Guidelines and Colorado Academic Standards. Our teachers have either Bachelor or Associate level degrees in Early Childhood Education.
The children are grouped by ages into four classes. The Popcorn and Peanut classrooms are for children that are 3 years old and the Bubblegum and Crackerjack classes are for children entering Kindergarten the following year. Children must be 4 years old by October 1st in the current school year to be placed in the Bubblegum and Crackerjack Pre-K classrooms.
At Happy Valley Ranch Preschool, our curriculum focuses on helping children successfully grow in all areas of child development and all of the necessary skills for Kindergarten readiness. These areas of development include: social, emotional, language, literacy, math, science, social studies, physical development concepts while fostering creativity and engaging with all of the animals that live at Happy Valley. Both the Second Step and Get Set for School Curriculum are used at Happy Valley.
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The "Second Step" Curriculum is an early learning program that focuses on teaching important skills related to children's social and emotional development including executive-function skills which are the foundation for self-regulation and social-emotional competence. It focuses on skills such as listening, focus, empathy, emotion management, friendship skills, and problem solving. Second Step by Committee for Children is the curriculum of choice of the Jefferson Center for Mental Health of which we are proud to say we received from them via a grant several years ago.
The “Get Set for School” curriculum is a complete research-proven Pre-K program. It combines purposeful play with multi-sensory experiences to provide children with an engaging, developmentally appropriate introduction to school. Used to teach skills such as Language, Literacy, Writing, Math, Social Studies and Science, through music, movement, building, coloring and multi-sensory activities, children have fun as they develop important Kindergarten readiness skills.