Play-Based Learning

Ken-Caryl Ranch Preschool

The Ken-Caryl Ranch Preschool is a play-based program for children aged 3 – 5.5 years. We form a strong community of children, families, and staff, and we strive to meet every one of our community members’ needs.

Ken-Caryl Ranch Preschool encourages children, and the adults around them, to see themselves as incredibly capable and to encourage a lifelong love of learning. We align our goals for each student with the standards that local kindergartens expect to make the transition from preschool to elementary school as wonderful as it can be!

Our school follows the Jeffco Public School family calendar.

Why Choose Ken-Caryl Ranch Preschool?

In addition to a loving, warm environment our preschool provides:

  • Chances every day to discover or create something new and exciting.
  • Opportunities to find out what is inherently special about themselves, other people and any object they encounter.
  • Safe spaces to learn how to identify and manage their emotions and learn to listen to their inner voice.
  • Ways to see themselves as incredibly capable and to encourage a lifelong love of learning.
  • Thoughtful, intentional, developmentally appropriate and FUN curriculum designed by highly competent, nurturing and playful teachers.
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2022-2023 Preschool Fees





(in addition to monthly fees – see below)

Fees are per child and will be due at the time of your child’s enrollment and is non-refundable if your child or children are withdrawn from the program for any reason
*Registration will be first come, first served.

2022-23 school year

Preschool registration


Feb. 14 – **Priority 1 Registration for Current Preschool Families Opens for 22-23 School Year

Feb. 21 – **Priority 2 Registration for Preschool 22-23 School Year Opens-Resident Only

Ranch House Min 5/Max 10
Rainbow Min 5/Max 18
*No Sunshine room for the 2022-2023 School Year

Date: Feb. 28 – ** Registration for Preschool 22-23 School Year Open for ALL

First Day of School

Date: First Day – Tuesday, August 16

Date: Last Day – Friday, May 19

School Year Fees

Ranch House

Ages: 3 – 5.5

Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Mon – Fri

  • Resident: $495/month
  • Non-Resident: $594/month


  • Resident: $318/month
  • Non-Resident: $382/month


  • Resident: $212/month
  • Non-Resident: $254/month
Community Center

Ages: Rainbow 3-5.5

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Mon – Fri

  • Resident: $704/month
  • Non-Resident: $845/month


  • Resident: $464/month
  • Non-Resident: $557/month


  • Resident: $309/month
  • Non-Resident: $371/month

We will not have Before & After Care for preschool in 2022-2023.

Get to Know Us

(M – F)

Hi, my name is Andrea and I love teaching at KCRP! I grew up in this community and love Littleton. I have been married to my husband Chris for 22 years, and we have two daughters; Ava who is a freshman at Heritage High School and Liberty who is a freshman at DU! We love to hike and bike together. I am also a competitive soccer coach for Colorado United and my daughter Ava plays for CO United as well. We love to do anything outside in Colorado!

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(M – F)

Hi, my name is Jennie! I enjoy spending time with my family and absolutely love Halloween, especially cute Halloween decorations. I love chocolate and soy chai drinks. During my free time, I enjoy riding my family’s electric scooter and reading. My favorite color is pink, and I love food-scented candles. I previously worked at Goddard Preschool for five years and I earned a degree in Elementary Education.


Hi, my name is Lanae Gordon, I am loving working for KCRP as an Assistant Teacher! I grew up in this area and love Littleton. I am currently enrolled at MSU Denver in the Elementary Education program. I enjoy art and was in color guard in high school. I absolutely love Halloween festivities and enjoy going to escape rooms.  I am so glad I am getting to know all the kiddos better and I enjoy watching them grow.

(T /W /T)

My name is Jen and this is my 5th year at Ken-Caryl Preschool. I have two daughters, Izzy (9) and Zoe (10). My husband’s name is Zach, and we have lived in the Ken-Caryl area for 10 years. I look forward to getting to know all the Ken-Caryl Preschool’s kiddos and families! Let’s make this a memorable, fun year together!

Parent Handbook & School Year Calendars

Weather Closure Reminder

If Jeffco Schools institutes…
2-Hour Delay:

  • Ranch House Columbine Room Preschool closed for the day
  • Community Center Rainbow Room Preschool on a 2-hour delay


  • All preschool closed for the day
  • Art Ventures and Outdoor Discovery closed for the day

Nature Preschool Enrichment

Ideal for preschoolers, part-time kindergartners, or students attending home school.

  • Resident: $375
  • Non-Resident: $450

Ages: 3 and up plus potty trained

Dates: Jan. 26 – May 11 (Thursdays)

Time: 12:10 p.m. – 3  p.m.

Location: Dakota Lodge

This enriching program brings opportunity for students to explore and connect to nature in new ways through artistic learning and outdoor exploration! Each Thursday, there are new discoveries and adventures with curriculum and activities varying each week. Let your little one’s creativity thrive!

Please bring lunch, proper shoes for hiking, water bottle and clothes to be outside.

For more information email youthprograms@kcranch.org or call 303-979-1876.

  • Registration opens to existing enrichment families Nov. 7. Public registration begins Nov. 21 at 9 a.m.

NEW! Wonders of Nature – Topic-Based Sessions

This spring, we look forward to offering several topic based preschool nature enrichment sessions! Your student will get to explore nature with experiments, hikes, and opportunities to view wildlife in the KCR community! Each session will have fun and engaging nature-based lessons focused on the session’s topic specifically related to Colorado or the Ken-Caryl area! Registration is for specific topic-based, 3 to 4 week-long sessions.

Please bring lunch, proper shoes for hiking, water bottle and clothes to be outside.

For more information email youthprograms@kcranch.org or call 303-979-1876.

Registration opens to existing enrichment families Nov. 7. Public registration begins Nov. 21 at 9 a.m., using the button below.

Ages: 3-6 plus potty trained

Dates: Session Topics & Dates (Tuesdays):

    • Birds -> Jan. 24-Feb. 14
    • Spring-> Feb. 21-March 14
    • Bugs-> March 28-April 18
    • Habitats-> April 25-May 9

Times: 12:10-3 p.m.

Location: Dakota Lodge


  • Fee for 4-week session: Resident- $100; Non-Res- $120
  • Fee for 3-week session: Resident- $75; Non-Res- $90

Story Time at the Ranch House

We are thrilled to partner with Jefferson County Libraries to offer family fun while sharing our love of children’s literature. Family Story Time is for all ages. The program is free, and no registration is required.

Ages: All ages welcome!

Dates: Thursdays: 10:15-10:45 a.m., on the lawn outside of the Ranch House or inside in the Bradford Room during winter.

Location: Ranch House

Fee: Free

Camps at Ken-Caryl Community Center

Preschool Summer Camp

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Ages: Pre-K & K (3 – 5 years old)

Fee for 5-Day Week:
  • Resident: $240
  • Non-Resident: $312
Fee for 4-Day Week (holiday):
  • Resident: $192
  • Non-Resident: $250
Fee for 3-Day Week (holiday):
  • Resident: $144
  • Non-Resident: $187

Dates: May 30 – Aug. 4

Daily Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M – F

Location: Community Center

Due to the nature of our summer camp and how busy we keep our campers, campers must be dropped off before 9:30 a.m. and picked up after 2 p.m. Campers must be dropped off before 8:45 a.m. for field trip days.

Camp Info

2023 Camp Registration

  • Registration is online!
  • Families may register for full weeks (Mon-Friday), no partial weeks offered. There are two holiday weeks that include a holiday, Memorial Day is a 4-day week (Tues-Fri) and Independence Day is a 3-day week (Wed-Fri).
  • A $40 per week, per child deposit is required upon registration. This is non-refundable and non-transferrable.
  • Registration will open in phases. The first day of each window will open at 9 a.m. that day. The last day of each window will close at 5 p.m. that day. Date windows are:
    • March 6-10 -> 2022-2023 B&A and Preschool families that qualify as PRIORITY. *You will be notified by the youth programs team if you qualify as priority. If you are a priority family, but a non-resident, you must register during this March 6-10 timeframe, or wait until the Non-Resident registration window opens.
    • March 13-24 -> Public -Ken-Caryl Residents
    • March 27-31 -> Public – Non-Residents
    •  -> When registering, please select the camp based on the grade your child will enter for the 2023-2024 school year.
  • Cancellation deadline is April 21

Summer Notes

Having an online account is helpful (required) to complete this registration process. We recommend creating an account in advance of registration.

Questions: Please email carac@kcranch.org

Have a child going into 1st grade? You have options! Please see School Age’s ‘The Hoots’ Camp and KC Nature’s Tadpoles Camp for more information.

Looking for something for 6th – 10th graders? Check out our Teen/Pre-Teen Camps!

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