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Bennett Preschool

August 25, 2022

A nature-based preschool for community members of the Estes Valley

Welcome to Bennett Preschool at YMCA of the Rockies

The philosophy of Bennett Preschool is guided by our core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and faith, the YMCA of the Rockies is dedicated to giving people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities the opportunity to reach their full potential. At Bennett, we provide a student-centered environment that is equipped with outdoor opportunities and materials that will enhance each individual’s curiosity, empathy and development. Using play-based education, each teacher will act as a facilitator as they work alongside young explorers providing opportunities to take risks, encourage independence and use redirection through positive reinforcement. This is a safe environment where each explorer will be welcomed with open arms and where we believe conversations of empathy, care, love, respect and consent start early.   

We are so excited to meet you!

Daily Schedule 

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Schedule Highlights:

What is circle time? Circle time provides a time for listening, developing attention span, promoting oral communication, and learning new concepts and skills. It is a time for auditory memory, sensory experiences, socialization, and a time for fun.

What Is Guided Play? Guided play refers to learning experiences that combine the child-directed nature of free play with a focus on learning outcomes and adult mentorship. Children thrive when they engage in free play, which involves active engagement and is fun, voluntary, and flexible. The art center will always be available and encouraged during this time.  

Though we have scheduled time for outside, our circle time, guided play, curriculum and meal times can all be adapted and brought outside.   

Outside Time. Our scheduled outside time may look like playing in our massive playground equipped with loose parts and climbing structures, a hike through our large campus along the river or a walk to the outside preschool classroom located a half block away.  This will happen all year long, even in the winter months.  

*Infants and toddlers will have scheduled diaper changes and bathroom breaks every two hours or upon need.  Part of the Toddler curriculum and personal interest, toddlers will be encouraged to use the bathroom during diaper changes, encouraging them to learn the basic skills needed for potty training (zipping/buttoning pants/ wiping/washing hands  etc.) 

Registration Process

We are now accepting applications for toddlers (ages 1-3) and preschoolers (ages 2.5-5) for the 2022-2023 school year. Enrollment is limited. 

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Rates: Prices will vary slightly by age as well as attendance: 

Monthly rates for Toddler (1-3 years):

1 day/week = 63/day 

2 days/week = 61/day 

3 days/week = 59/day 

4 days/week = 57/day 

5 days/week = 55/day 

Monthly rates for Preschool (3-5 years):

1 day/week = 55/day 

2 days/week = 55/day 

3 days/week = 50/day 

4 days/week = 50/day 

5 days/week = 50/day 

Single “drop in day” enrollments will be processed after our monthly enrollments and will be $65 per day. All enrollments require advanced registration. 

Before & After Care 

Bennett Preschool offers the option of before and after care for an additional fee.
Before care is offered from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for $3/per day 
After care is available from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for $5/per day
Limited availability in before and after care. Please inquire about current availability. 

Contact Information 

For any questions, comments or concerns, you can email the Preschool & Early Childhood Director, Elizabeth Price via email or phone. Eprice@ymcarockies.org or 970-586-3341 x1137.  You can also CC our Youth Programs Director, Ashley Heelein, aheelein@ymcarockies.org or  970 586-3341 x1282.

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