Early Childhood Education

Programs and services for families with young children
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Mission: We empower our community's eligible children and families to build a foundation for learning, as measured by their readiness for kindergarten and beyond. 

 

 

Slots are available for preschool for the 2020 -2021 school year!

Options for preschool in PSD include: 

  • Preschool classes at PSD sites that will begin remotely, and transition to in-person learning when conditions become safe for classes.  
  • PSD Virtual - an online only option for the 20-21 school year. If your family is choosing this option, you must inform us by August 8, 2020. For more information about these options, please read this letter to families or our Frequently Asked Questions document
  • In-person preschool classes at some neighborhood and community partner sites. This is subject to change based on current conditions.

Fullana Learning Center is open to assist new and returning students and families to help you get signed up for preschool this fall!! Slots are still available for many funding sources! 

ECE staff will be available to assist families with applications and answer questions from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Thursday during the months of July and August, 220 N. Grant Ave. in Fort Collins. Everyone must wear a mask, maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others and follow other posted health protocols. We are also available to assist you by phone or email on Fridays. You may also use online forms to register.

ECE currently has available spots and families looking for high-quality preschool are encouraged to consider PSD as an option. For the first quarter, all PSD locations will hold preschool remotely. Community and neighborhood sites may still hold in-person classes. Please inquire about locations at 490-3204 or psdece@psdschools.org. 

With COVID-19 restrictions in place, you can expect things to be a little different at Fullana. 

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday .... 8:00 am-4:00 pm. 

Single Entry Door – East Side Only

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  • Please enter from the doors on the side with the parking lot. This entry is accessed from Loomis Street.
  • The doors on the west side will remain locked; we will not buzz you in from the west side.

Required Safety and Social Distancing

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  • Anyone entering the building who is over the age of 3 must wear a face mask.
  • Please maintain a separation of 6 feet from staff or other clients.
  • Our staff will wear masks and gloves and will disinfect surfaces throughout the day.
  • People who are sick must stay at home.
  • Once you enter the office, please use the hand sanitizer we are providing or wear gloves.

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  • Ring the doorbell and tell our staff the reason for your visit. Wait six feet away if another client is using the doorbell. Please wear your face covering as you speak into the speaker.
  • You will pick up applications and other paperwork on a table outside the building.  Please fill out your paperwork in your personal vehicle while you wait.
  • Surfaces and writing instruments will be disinfected throughout the day.
  • Only one family will be allowed inside at a time per staff member. Thank you for your patience. We will take your name, and text or come out to greet you when it is your turn. This is to ensure no people are waiting near one another.

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  • Lobbies, playgrounds and play areas inside and outside Fullana are closed. Families are only permitted in the front office area or the single restroom in the gym.
  • Whenever possible, leave little ones at home, or with other adults in the car.
  • If small children enter the building with you, they must also follow guidelines of distancing and facial covering for those 3 and older.  They must sit on your lap or hold your hand throughout the visit.
  • Anyone not following guidelines or who appears sick may be asked to leave.

 

New online application process for 2020-21 school year

Due to COVID-19 building closure at all schools, the PSD Early Childhood Education (ECE) program has modified the way families can apply for programs to receive services.  

For the 2020-2021 program year, applications and enrollment forms are available on the ECE website. Forms can be filled out electronically and should be emailed to PSDECE@psdschools.org. The ECE team will notify families by email about their eligibility and/or enrollment status. Intake interviews will take place over the phone, rather than in-person.

Before the closure, the ECE application process was paper-based, and home visits and preschool learning took place in-person.  
 

What do we offer?

  • Preschool programs for children ages 3* to 5
  • Highly-qualified licensed teachers who partner with families to offer the best services specific to each child.
  • Programs and learning environments that help our young children become emotionally strong, skilled and ready for kindergarten.
  • Home visits, parent education and mentoring for families
  • Screenings
  • Evaluations through Integrated Services
  • Services for families expecting a child and/or with children from birth to age 3)
  • Resources and community referrals

 

Cost and availability

Many options are available to meet family schedules and needs, including:

  • A limited number of half-day, four-day-per week tuition spaces
  • Unlimited no-cost spaces for children who qualify for special education services
  • Full and half-day no-cost spaces for families that meet admission criteria

2020-2021 rates:

  • One-time, non-refundable enrollment fee of $50, is due upon placement acceptance
  • $3,528 or $392 per month for 9 months for a 2 hour and 45 minute class
  • $3,825 or $425 per month for 9 months for a 3 hour and 30 minute class

*Children must be 3 years old by October 1 of the year of enrollment for Head Start, Colorado Preschool Program and tuition-based preschool. Children are eligible on their 3rd birthday for Early Childhood Special Education/Integrated Services. Children who are school-aged 5 or age 5 by October 1 are not eligible for preschool services.

 

Hours and locations: 

Hours at each early childhood school site vary by location. 

Fullana Learning Center 
220 North Grant Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80521
 

July & August hours: Beginning Tuesday, July 14, we will be open to the public M-Th from 8-4pm. 

ECE offices follow the school district's calendar for Thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks. 

ECE preschool classes locations:  ECE map of schools and community sites.

 

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Contact Information

General Information - 970.490.3204

Attendance Line - 970.490.3336

Director of Early Childhood Education
Carolyn Martin | 970.490.3195 | carolynm@psdschools.org

Assistant Director of Education
Candace Martin-O'Connor | 970.490.3082 | cmartino@psdschools.org

Operations Manager
Becca Benedict | 970.490.3254| rbenedict@psdschools.org

Enrollment Coordinator
Sarah Weible | 970.490.3117 | sweible@psdschools.org

Family and Community Engagement Coordinator
Nikki Arensmeier | 970.490.3188 | earensme@psdschools.org

Health and Dental Coordinator
Nancy Weber | 970.556.5905 | nweber@psdschools.org

Disabilities Coordinator
Stephanie Hahn | 970.490.3245 | shahn@psdschools.org

Quality Data Technician
Sharon Weaver | 970.490.3036 | sharonw@psdschools.org

Department Technician II
Jack Robertson | 970.490.3360 | jrobertson@psdschools.org