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Early Childhood Education
Educational Services
Center 2
15751 E. 1st Ave.
Aurora, CO 80011
303-326-1972 fax

Suzanne Rougier
ECE Director

Jessica Loren
Assistant to the Director

Marsha Haxby

Cynthia Andrews

Anita Walker

Debra McCammond

Michelle Tanner
Secretary (ECE)

Elideth Ortiz
Secretary (Child Find)

Mary Winterbottom

Welcome to the APS Early Childhood Education Department

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Early Childhood in Aurora Public Schools

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Aurora Public Schools Early Childhood Education Department is: 

‘To provide the foundational opportunities that ensure all early childhood leaders will engage in and benefit from their experiences to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to reach high levels of learning for future success’

We do this by:

  • Ensuring quality preschool programming where all stakeholders (state, county, community, district, schools, and families) form reciprocal partnerships to provide preschool to children of all abilities and backgrounds.
  • Delivering instruction that is facilitated by highly qualified and highly effective teaching staff.
  • Providing programming that is child-centered and based on solid research practices.
  • Using a curriculum aligned to state standards, state developmental guidelines and is responsive to student needs.

ECE Programming Options and Family (Partnerships) Involvement:

A menu of programming options includes full day and half day preschool to meets the diverse needs of the families in the Aurora Public Schools Community.

The Early Childhood Education Department strives to involve the family by emphasizing the important role they play in their child’s education and support families in their roles as nurturers and as their child’s first teacher.

Evaluating Program Quality:

The Early Childhood Education department remains involved in the School Readiness Project. The School Readiness Project utilizes the new Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) to ensure that all preschools and child care centers are of the highest quality.

Assessment in ECE:

Early Childhood Assessment creates opportunities to know children well especially when multiple perspectives are utilized to determine what children know and can do in all areas of development and academics.  Ongoing assessment during the course of a school year guides our teachers in planning and providing children meaningful learning experiences and allows them a way to monitor each child’s individual progress and document on-going growth.


News Articles

April 6th and April 20th – Preschool In Session

Preschool students will attend school on Monday, April 6, 2015 and Monday, April 20, 2015. K-5 is not in session.

Preschool Communication – April 2015

Aurora Public Schools preschool students will attend school on Monday, April 6 and Monday April 20, 2015 as shown on the 2015-16 conventional district calendar. Elementary and P-8 schools with preschool classrooms should inform their families that preschool WILL have class on these dates, even though the higher grades will not be attending due to teacher-in-service and EPR. Nutrition Services is planning a revised process for schools that provide meals to preschool. If you have additional questions, please contact Mary Winterbottom in the ECE dept. at ext. 28951.

Spring Break- No Classes 2015

Spring Break: No Classes
Monday, March 23, 2015 - Friday, March 27, 2015

Teacher Workday- No Classes

Teacher Workday on Friday, March 13, 2015 - No Classes

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