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Preschool

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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2021-2022 Preschool Fees

$125

Resident

$150

Non-Resident

(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per child and will be due at the time of your child’s enrollment and is non-refundable if your child or children are withdrawn from the program for any reason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.

2021-22 school year

Preschool registration

Date: March 1 – District Resident Registration (those that pay taxes to the Ken-Caryl Metropolitan District)

Date: March 8 – Non-District Resident Registration

First Day of School

Date: First Day – Tuesday, August 17

Date: Last Day – Friday, May 20

School Year Fees

Ranch House

Ages: 3 – 5.5

Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Fees:

Mon – Fri

  • Resident: $480/month
  • Non-Resident: $576/month

Mon/Wed/Fri

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

Tue/Thu

  • Resident: $206/month
  • Non-Resident: $247/month
Community Center

Ages: Sunshine 3 – 4, Rainbow 4 – 5.5

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Fees:

Mon – Fri

  • Resident: $683/month
  • Non-Resident: $820/month

Mon/Wed/Fri

  • Resident: $450/month
  • Non-Resident: $540/month

Tue/Thu

  • Resident: $300/month
  • Non-Resident: $360/month

Before & After Care

Schedule: You must pre-register each month, through ActiveNet (our online registration portal) e.g., register in September for Before & After care in October. Drop in care is not guaranteed and is first come, first serve. Before & After Care schedule must match your preschool schedule, e.g., if you attend M/W/F preschool you must register for M/W/F care. More information can be found in the Preschool Handbook.

Community Center Before and After Care

Hours: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Before and After Care Fees

Preschool Before or After Care

  • Resident: $7/day
  • Non-Resident: $8/day

Drop In Rate

  • Resident: $9/day
  • Non-Resident: $8/day

Both Before & After

  • Resident: $12/day
  • Non-Resident: $14/day

Both Before & After Drop In Rate

  • Resident: $14/day
  • Non-Resident: $17/day

Parent Handbook & School Year Calendars

Weather Closure Reminder

If Jeffco Schools institutes…
2-Hour Delay:
• No Ranch House Preschool
• No Before Care for Preschool, School Age B&A or KC Nature
• No Outdoor Discovery

Full Closure:
• All preschool, B&A and KC Nature programs closed for the day

Camps at Ken-Caryl Community Center

Preschool Summer Camps

The Community Center hosts two camps, grouped by age:

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PRAIRIE DOGS CAMP

Ages: 3 -4 yo

Fee for 5-Day Week:
  • Resident: $218
  • Non-Resident: $262
Fee for 4-Day Week (prorated):
  • Resident: $174.40
  • Non-Resident: $209.60

Dates: June 1 – August 6

Daily Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., M – F

Location: Community Center

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CHICKADEES CAMP

Ages: Pre-K & K (4 -6 yo)

Fee for 5-Day Week:
  • Resident: $218
  • Non-Resident: $262
Fee for 4-Day Week (prorated):
  • Resident: $174.40
  • Non-Resident: $209.60

Dates: June 1 – August 6

Daily Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., M – F

Location: Community Center

Monday-Friday. 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

Camp Registration

Please note summer 2021 will only be offering full week camp schedules (no part weeks)
The tentative field trip schedule and further details will be posted no later than March 12.

  • Registration is online!
  • Families may register for full weeks (Monday-Friday) – no partial weeks offered.
  • A $40 per week, per child deposit is required upon registration. This is non-refundable and non-transferrable.
  • Registration will open in phases:
    • March 15 -> 20-21 B&A and Preschool families that qualify as PRIORITY
    • March 22 -> Returning summer families (2019 &2020 summers)
    • March 24 -> Public- Ken-Caryl Residents
    • March 29 -> Public Non-Residents
  • This registration is first come first served. Waitlist available.
  • Cancellation deadline is April 23

Summer Notes

Having an online account is helpful (required) to complete this registration process. We recommend creating an account in advance of registration. You can pre-load your cart with your requested weeks prior to registration opening.

Ranch House Camp Ken-Caryl Ranch also offers Recreation Summer Camps at the Ranch House. Please see the Ranch House Summer Camp page for details.

Questions: Contact Cara Curtis at 303-565-4519, ext. 206, or carac@kcranch.org.

*Each camper must be 5 years old by June 1 to participate in any school-age camps.

Have a 1st grader? 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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Nature Preschool Enrichment

OUTDOOR DISCOVERY SPRING 2022
Fees:
  • Resident: $658
  • Non-Resident: $789.60

Ages: 3 and up plus potty trained

Dates: Jan. 24 – May 11 (Mondays & Wednesdays)

Time: 12:10 p.m. – 3  p.m.

Location: Dakota Lodge

Explore nature with experiments, hikes, and opportunities to view wildlife in the community. This program is ideal for preschoolers, part-time kindergartners, or students attending home school. Outdoor Discovery utilizes a daily environmental-based curriculum combined with STEAM activities and Next Generation Science Standards. Additionally, these nature-based lessons will include integrative opportunities to experience art, music, science, math, geography, and literature to help children connect subject matter and retain information. Each day there will be new discoveries and topics will change from week to week.

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

* Registration opens to existing enrichment families Nov. 1. Public registration begins Nov. 15 at 9 a.m.

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

ART VENTURES SPRING 2022
Fees:
  • Resident: $329
  • Non-Resident: $394

Ages: 3 and up plus potty trained

Dates: Jan. 28 – May 13 (Fridays)

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 Friday, 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.

*Registration opens to existing enrichment families Nov. 1. Public registration begins Nov. 15 at 9 a.m.

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

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, weather permitting, or in the Bradford Room.

Location: Ranch House

Fee: Free

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