Early childhood education is offered at every elementay school in the district, and serves children between the ages of 12 months and 5 years. We run two types of programs:

  • Toddler programming, for children between the ages of 12 months and 3 years old. Maximum of 8 students, with a ratio of 2 teacher to 8 children.
  • Preschool programming, for children between the ages of 3  and 5 years. Maximum of 16 students, with a ratio of 2 teachers to 16 children.

In the Roaring Fork School District Early Childhood Programs, we focus on the whole child, which means taking into consideration all of the child’s developmental areas: physical, social/ emotional, cognitive and language. We recognize individual children for their strengths, talents and diverse needs, and customize our approach to ensure that all children experience success and growth towards meeting their learning goals.

To learn more about options and availablity at each school, contact Early Childhood Coordinator Cindy Gray at (970) 384-6010.

Core Beliefs and Values

We believe in:

  • Facilitating learning through play
  • Building relationships
  • Family partnerships
  • Nurturing every child
  • Maintaining safe learning environments
  • Developing character skills
  • Honoring the culture, languages and values of our families
  • Being reflective of the communities in which we live


Preschool and toddler classes run on a school schedule (click here for the 2017-18 school calendar), including observing holidays and school breaks. Classes are closed during the summer when schools are closed. 

Each day, regular care runs from 8:15am to 3:15pm, and extended care runs from 7:15am to 4:45pm.

Registration for 2017-18

Registration for the upcoming 2017-18 year will occur in March and April at the dates indicated below for each school:

  • Basalt Elementary (Basalt): Wednesday, April 5 from 8:00-4:00pm at Basalt Elementary
  • Crystal River Elementary (Carbondale): Friday, March 31 from 7:30-5:00pm at Crystal River Elementary
  • Glenwood Springs Elementary (Central Glenwood): Wednesday, April 5th from 4:30- 6:00 at Glenwood Springs Elementary
  • Riverview School (South Glenwood): Friday, March 31 from 7:30-5:00pm at Sopris Elementary 
  • Sopris Elementary (South Glenwood): Friday, March 31 from 7:30-5:00 at Sopris Elementary
  • All Glenwood Schools: Thursday, March 30 from 4:00-6:00pm at the Early Childhood Center (504 27th St Glenwood Springs)

Parents should bring a copy of their child's immunization records and birth certificate. Parents can download and complete a registration form in advance here (English and Spanish).

Parents who wish to enroll after the registration period should call the school directly to ask about availibility. Click here for school contact information.  

Information about registration (including lottery and waitlist information) can be accessed here:


Tuition will be determined in June 2017. Rates for 2016-17 can be found here: regular care and extended care. 2017-18 rates will be similar, though slightly increased.

Student Handbook

Additional school specific enrollment information can be found by contacting the appropriate school. Click here for school contact information.  

Early Access for the Highly Gifted

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