Big Adventures for Sanford’s Littlest Learners
Sanford Preschool received The Colorado Shines Hardship Quality Improvement Program grant. It is funded by the Office of Early Childhood, Colorado Department of Human Services and administered by local Early Childhood Councils across Colorado. This program aims to provide quality incentive funds for Early Learning Programs serving a high needs population as defined in the School Readiness Quality Improvement Program Rules (7.716.12 CCR).
The grant allowed for the purchase of quality resources to be used to access coaching, professional development, and early learning materials. Some of the materials purchased included an indoor science table, a cozy cube, musical instruments, a greenhouse, dress-up clothes, and various manipulatives. For outside new bike helmets and an obstacle course were purchased.
Emily Davis, the Preschool Director said, “I am excited for the kiddos to have access to these new and different learning tools. We purchased a light table, and the kids are already expanding their knowledge about what happens when two different colored slides are put on top of each other – a new color appears and they love it! Excitement has also been in the dramatic play area with new dress-up clothes; we even went for a walk to the “operetta” all dressed up!”
The Sanford Preschool has two sessions. The AM session is from 8:00 am till 11:00 am and an afternoon session is from 12:30 pm till 4:00 pm.
Emily Davis and Suzy Martinez are the current teachers in the preschool program. Between the two of them, they have over 41 years teaching preschool and/or Early Childhood Education.