Early childhood education is offered at every elementary school in the district, and serves children between the ages of 12 months and 5 years. We run two types of programs:

  • Toddler programming, for children between the ages of 12 months and 3 years old. Maximum of 8 students, with a ratio of 2 teachers to 8 children.
  • Preschool programming, for children between the ages of 3  and 5 years. Maximum of 16 students, with a ratio of 2 teachers to 16 children.

In the Roaring Fork School District Early Childhood Programs, we focus on the whole child, which means taking into consideration all of the child’s developmental areas: physical, social/ emotional, cognitive and language. We recognize individual children for their strengths, talents and diverse needs, and customize our approach to ensure that all children experience success and growth towards meeting their learning goals.

To learn more about options and availability at each school, contact the front office of each elementary school directly. If you have questions over the summer, please call our main office at 970.384.6004 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Core Beliefs and Values

We believe in:

  • Facilitating learning through play
  • Building relationships
  • Family partnerships
  • Nurturing every child
  • Maintaining safe learning environments
  • Developing character skills
  • Honoring the culture, languages and values of our families
  • Being reflective of the communities in which we live


Preschool and toddler classes run on a school schedule (click here for the 2017-18 school calendar), including observing holidays and school breaks. Classes are closed during the summer when schools are closed. 

Each day, regular care runs from 8:15am to 3:15pm, and extended care runs from 7:15am to 4:45pm.

Registration for 2019-20

Registration for the upcoming 2019-20 year will occur on Wednesday, April 10 in all Roaring Fork elementary schools, from 7:30am to 5pm (come by anytime during this window).

Parents should bring a copy of their child's immunization records and birth certificate. Registration will include completing paperwork for the upcoming school year. Todos los materiales están disponibles en inglés y español.

Parents who wish to enroll after the registration period should call the school directly to ask about availability. Click here for school contact information.  

Information about registration (including lottery and waitlist information) can be accessed here:


Rates for 2019-20 can be found here

Student Handbook

Additional school-specific enrollment information can be found by contacting the appropriate school. Click here for school contact information.  

Early Access for the Highly Gifted

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