Programs & Curriculum

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Our program is designed to meet each child's individual needs, to foster development of competence in intellectual and social skills and to provide a safe, nurturing environment. Curriculum is developed through extensive assessment, the identification of individual and group goals and the planning of appropriate activities. We have a strong commitment to working with parents and families.

The Auraria Early Learning Center has reviewed information and research on young children for several years. Our curriculum is constantly evolving based on experiences and information available.

AELC has found that the most beneficial aspect for young children is to incorporate a variety of approaches into our curriculum, in order to allow the child to recieve the best education and experience. The combined approaches stimulate the development of young children.  

Classrooms are discovery-oriented where children are actively involved in their learning. Every classroom provides extensive opportunities for children to develop conceptual thinking, problem solving, reading, math, and motor skills. The curriculum is designed to challenge and stimulate each child’s sense of imagination, creativity, and understanding of the world.

Self-expression is encouraged through language, art, music, dramatic play, and interaction with teachers and friends

Toddler Program
Age range: 1-year-old and walking to 3-years-old

  • Warm and nurturing teachers, especially important for children at this age, encourage toddlers to interact with peers and develop language, cognitive skills, and self-help skills.
  • Each toddler room is licensed for 16 children with a very low child-to-teacher ratio of 1:4.

Preschool Program
Age range: 2 ½-years-old to 5-years-old

  • The enriched preschool program provides a variety of stimulating activities where active involvement by the children in a discovery-oriented, language-rich environment enhances their social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and creative skills in preparation for kindergarten.
  • Young preschool rooms are licensed for 20 children per room (with a very low child-to-teacher ratio of 1:7).
  • Older preschool rooms are licensed for 24 children per room (with a very low child-to-teacher ratio of 1:8).

Private Kindergarten Program
Age: 5-years-old by October 1 of the academic year

  • Our fully accredited kindergarten program prepares students for success in first grade and beyond. Children gain invaluable academic skills in literacy, math, science, social studies, fine arts, and physical education.
  • Kindergarten curriculum: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Optional Free Kindergarten Enrichment: 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • Maximum enrollment of 24 children with a very low 1:8 child-to-teacher ratio. (In comparison, the Colorado Department of Human Services requires a 1:30 child-to-teacher ratio for public kindergarten classes.)

Summer Camp
Age: Kindergarten through 2nd Grade

  • Summer camp is about keeping busy and having fun. 
  • This active, recreational program includes games, arts and crafts, sports, and lots of field trips.
  • Children’s academic skills are supported and enhanced through reading, computer programs, and other structured activities.