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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)

Wendy Dalrymple
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 learners 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.




Getting Ready for Kindergarten:
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News Articles

Boston Elementary School – Additional Screening for Preschool

Boston (1365  Boston Street, 80010)
Friday, April 29, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
12:30 p.m - 4:00 p.m.


Last Day of Preschool

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 last day of preschool

Monday, April 4, 2016 and Friday, April 22, 2016- Preschool in Session

Preschool will be in session on April 4th and April 22nd

Preschool Screening Update…

Preschool screening scheduled on Wed. March 23rd at Meadowood Child Development Center and Wheeling Elementary canceled due to Aurora Public Schools snow day closure.  This screening will NOT be re-scheduled.  There are three remaining scheduled screenings in April.  Please communicate the following remaining preschool screenings to families inquiring about the cancellation:


Preschool Screenings:


Jamaica Child Development Center = April 6th *8 a.m.-6 p.m.

800 Jamaica St. Aurora, CO 80010


Laredo Child Development Center = April 13th *8 a.m.-6 p.m.

1420 Laredo St. Aurora, CO 80011


Meadowood Child Development Center = April 20th *8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Last Screening)

3333 S. Norfolk Way Aurora, CO 80013


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Upcoming Events
8:30 am Introduction to TS Gold
Introduction to TS Gold
Jul 8 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Introduction to TS GOLD for New ECE Facilitators, Kindergarten Teachers, Mild Moderate Special Education, Elementary Art, Music and P.E. Specialists and Para educators supporting ECE and Kindergarten classroom: Participants will learn about the School Readiness[...]
8:30 am The Early Learning Classroom and...
The Early Learning Classroom and...
Jul 15 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
The Early Learning Classroom and Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders: Participants will develop an understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder in young children. This course provides an in depth look at what autism is and how to[...]
all-day Kindergarten Trimester Reporting...
Kindergarten Trimester Reporting...
Aug 15 – Oct 30 all-day
The following are the reporting dates for Kindergarten trimesters for the 2016 school year. Planning Parent Teacher Conferences after the trimester dates allows report cards to be printed and shared with families at the time[...]
Early Childhood Development