PreSchool Information

Manitou Springs Elementary School Preschool Program

Notice- The Manitou Springs Preschool Program is currently accepting applications for our waiting list. Both the morning and afternoon sessions are currently full for the 2020-2021 school year.

If you have concerns regarding the development of your child, or your child has an active Individual Education Program, please notify preschool staff by calling 719-685-2166.

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Our Philosophy
The Manitou Springs Preschool Program creates a safe environment for all children and their families. We are and inclusive preschool program which serves children ages 3 through five. Our program offers diverse opportunities for play and other interactive activities which support student growth across the developmental domains. We believe that our program offers an enriching partnership with families to connect with a common priority in mind: our children.

Our dynamic curriculum is designed to foster our preschoolers’ exploration of mindfulness movement; to help them understand their selves, their relationships with adults, and their peers. We offer unlimited opportunity for children to create and problem solve, and to dive deep into their learning. In order to support and celebrate independence and a relationship-rich community, our daily schedule offers extended play opportunities both inside and outside the classroom as well as a community snack time.

We believe the support found in our classroom community strengths our relationships and understanding of our world. We explore our larger community through walking field trips and partnerships with local businesses.

We value the trust and expertise that our families provide to support our students, and staff, as we build strong partnerships in the classroom and community.

Our Daily Schedule – Monday through Thursday

Morning Session 7:50am – 10:50 am

Afternoon Session 11:50 am – 2:50 am

The preschool follows the Manitou Springs School District calendar- observing all designated D-#14 holidays, professional development days, and closings for inclement weather.

Please call the MSES preschool @719-685-2166 to notify us of your interest in our program.

Your child will be placed on a wait list for consideration preschool placement. In district families will receive enrollment preferences.

Notification of a position in the MSES will begin in the last week of February or first week of March. Prospective families will receive an Intent to Enroll by mail, or email. This completed form must be returned to the preschool with a non-refundable deposit of $25.00, payable at the MSES office. (Children with active IEP’s or who qualify for the CPP program will not pay a deposit.)

The following items must be included with the deposit:

Copy of child’s birth certificate

Updated immunizations or waiver signed by a medical professional.

Current physical

Proof of residence

Enrollment is finalized with all items on are file in the MSES office.

Families will then be directed to complete online enrollment on the MSSD D #14 website.

Tuition and Payment

Monthly tuition for tuition paying families is $220.00 per month, and is payable at the beginning of each month, September through May. There are sliding payments for families who have more than one child enrolled in the program.

There is no tuition for children with active Individual Education Programs.

The Colorado Preschool Program provides free tuition to families with qualifying factors. Please talk to Julie Lavigne or Julie Womochil if you are interested in this program.

Child Find
Child Find Information and Process
Child Find is the phrase referred to in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) that means the identification and assessment of children who suspected of having a disability. It is the district’s responsibility to ensure that children ages 3 -21 have access to the Child Find process if there is a suspicion of learning difficulties.

Child Find Evaluation birth to 3 years of age
District #14 works with families who are concerned about their child’s development in the birth to age 3 range. The Resource Exchange (TRE) is the community entity that works with D#14 to assist families in accessing the Child Find process. If you have a child in this age range, and you are concerned about any developmental issues, please contact Julie Lavigne, Child Find Coordinator at 719-685-2166 to initiate a referral.

Child Find Evaluation 3 to 5 years of age
Families are encouraged to contact Julie Lavigne, Child Find Coordinator at Manitou Springs Elementary School (719-685-2166) if any developmental concerns exist in the following areas: communication, physical and fine motor, social and/or emotional, pre-academic skills, cognition, hearing, vision and/or health. The district offers free screenings and subsequent evaluations to children who reside within the Manitou Springs District Boundaries who may have developmental and/or health concerns which impact educational access and performance. If a child meets the eligibility criteria for specialized services, and Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed and the child is eligible to begin preschool the following school day (per district calendar) at no cost to the parent.


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