What's Happening at Park Place Preschool?

  • Park Place Preschool earned a level 4 Colorado Shines Rating in the statewide quality rating system.

    Only 18 percent of the licensed early childhood programs in Larimer County have achieved Level 4 or 5 endorsement, and Park Place Preschool is the first program in Estes Park to reach Level 4!

    This is a huge success!!! Our children deserve a high quality program. Follow the link below to read an article about the quality rating. 

     http://www.eptrail.com/estes-park-news/ci_31737229/park-place-preschool-earns-quality-rating

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Welcome to Park Place Pre-K Program

  • Park Place is a public preschool located in Estes Park Elementary School. Park Place is the only Colorado Public Preschool in Estes Park and serves about 30 children in the Estes Park community. The curriculum of Park Place is inspired by the world famous public preschools of Reggio Emilia Italy. We also incorporate aspects from the teachings of Rudolf Steiner, Maria Montessori and Richard Louv. The lead teacher develops curriculum based on research and developmentally appropriate practices to create a diverse and rich learning environment. We provide a high quality learning environment and we cater to the individual needs of each of our students. Our program prepares preschool age students for kindergarten and much of our work focuses on this important transition and creating lifelong learners. 

Park Place 2018
 Sorrell Redford

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Sorrell Redford

Sorrell Redford
Pre-K/Early Childhood Director 

Sorrell is the lead preschool teacher here at Park Place. She has worked in education for 8 years and most recently graduated with her masters in Educational Psychology from the Univeristy of Colorado Denver. Her masters program focused on the Reggio Emilia approach and included a study tour of the world famous Reggio Emilia public preschools. She is excited to incorporate this inclusive approach into her teachings at Park Place preschool.

Sorrell is originally from England and has lived in Estes and the surrounding area for 10 years. She rock climbs in summer and skis in winter. Sorrell is passionate about getting children outdoors and fostering a stong environmental ethic from a young age.

 Denise Ward

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Denise Ward

Denise Ward
Special Education Paraprofessional 

Denise has worked in Estes Park School distrcit for over 20 years. She is incredibly knowedgable about early childhood education and she loves working with children. She creates a loving and caring environment and forms a unique relationship with every student who attends Park Place Preschool. 

Park Place Pre-K Daily Schedule

  • Park Place Preschool is open Tuesday through Friday and it follows the current school calendar. 

    Morning Session: 8:10 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. 
    Afternoon Session: 12:10 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. 

    Morning Schedule

    8:10-8:40: Free Play in Centers (provocations are set up in specific centers usually based on developing social/emotional skills, literacy or math)
    8:40-9:00: Circle Time (we come to the carpet, we sing songs with actions, we have announcments and we choose what we would like to do next)
    9:00-9:25: Choice Time (we work in a center of our choice, this is the time when the teacher documents and observes children)
    9:25-9:35: Clean Up (we sing the clean up song and come to the carpet for a rhyming song or game before washing hands and eating snack)
    9:35-9:55: Snack Time (snack time is a great time to practice social skills including manners, language and conversational skills)
    9:55-10:15: Puzzles and Books (as children finish snack they can choose a puzzle or book to work with quietly on the carpet)
    10:15-10:45: Outside Time (we work on dressing skills to go outside and then we play outside, the time spent outside depends on the weather)
    10:45-11:00: Story Time (we find a spot on the carpet and vote on a book to read, this teaches democracy, math skills and fairness, then we read the book)
    11:00-11:10: Saying Goodbye (we may sing a song or discuss weekend plans while we wait for families to pick up) 

    Afternoon Schedule

    12:10-12:40: Free Play in Centers (provocations are set up in specific centers usually based on developing social/emotional skills, literacy or math)
    12:40-1:00: Circle Time (we come to the carpet, we sing songs with actions, we have announcments and we choose what we would like to do next)
    1:00-1:25: Choice Time (we work in a center of our choice, this is the time when the teacher documents and observes children)
    1:25-1:35: Clean Up (we sing the clean up song and come to the carpet for a rhyming song or game before washing hands and eating snack)
    1:35-1:55: Snack Time (snack time is a great time to practice social skills including manners, language and conversational skills)
    1:55-2:15: Puzzles and Books (as children finish snack they can choose a puzzle or book to work with quietly on the carpet)
    2:15-2:45: Outside Time (we work on dressing skills to go outside and then we play outside, the time spent outsdie depends on the weather)
    2:45-3:00: Story Time (we find a spot on the carpet and vote on a book to read, this teaches democracy, math skills and fairness, then we read the book)
    3:00-3:10: Saying Goodbye (we may sing a song or discuss weekend plans while we wait for families to pick up) 

    Other Scheduled Events 

    Every other Wednesday the librarians come and do a puppet show with books and songs. 
    Every Thursday we have Book Buddies come from Mr. Redford's 4th grade classroom.
    Every Friday we go swimming! (Unless the weather is too cold and windy)