Inclement Weather Closures
The Center will be closed anytime Arapahoe Community College is closed due to severe weather or emergency. If the College decides to close, a notice will be made on our Announcements line (303.797.4222), via employee voicemail and on our website. We also notify local radio and TV stations. You may also log on to the ACC website and click on school closures and updates.
We have two mixed age classrooms. Children less than 3 years of age will be assigned to the Airplane Room. Children who are 3 to 5 years of age may be enrolled in either the Airplane or Sunshine Room. The ages for each room may differ according to the number and ages of children enrolled.
The Child Development Center teachers are highly qualified, caring individuals who enjoy children and are dedicated early childhood education professionals. In addition to employing teachers with the State of Colorado Early Childhood Teacher Certification, the Center also provides placement for ACC Early Childhood Education students and interns.
The classroom teachers meet weekly to plan, problem solve and communicate ideas and feelings. Routinely, the entire staff meets to discuss the program and activities and share ideas regarding children. These meetings are also used for training purposes.
As per licensing standards, all teachers are required to complete 15 hours of professional development per year. The Center is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the local Colorado affiliate which offers workshops and seminars that teachers are encouraged to attend.
Teachers have been trained in Universal Precautions, Pediatric CPR and First Aid, and Medication Administration. All staff has passed background checks.
Sample Daily Schedule
7:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.
Meet & Greet
8:50 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.
9:40 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.
10:00 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Free play/Small groups (all learning centers open)
11:45 - noon
Noon - 12:30 p.m.
12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Prepare for nap/rest (stories or quiet activities)
12:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Table top activities for non-nappers/early risers
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Free play (all learning centers open)
The Child Development Center participates in the Colorado Adult Child Food Program. There is no separate charge for meals, which include a hot lunch and morning and afternoon snacks. The food program follows USDA guidelines for serving size and preparation. Meals are served family style with a teacher at each table. Children are encouraged to serve themselves and taste all food items. Good manners and polite behavior are always encouraged. Weekly menus are posted on the parent board in each classroom for your view.
Morning Snack 9:00 a.m.
Lunch 12:00 p.m.
Afternoon Snack 3:00 p.m.
The goal of Arapahoe Community College Child Development Center is to provide children with a nurturing environment in which they have the opportunity to develop their problem solving skills, learn to interact with their peers, and develop a strong educational base on which to build upon.
The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool
The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is an award-winning curriculum for preschool success. Using exploration and discovery as a way of learning, The Creative Curriculum for Preschool enables children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills.
Child Care Stipend Information
Child Care Tuition stipends are funded by private foundations, fundraising profits, and other donations. The Childcare tuition stipend was established to subsidize childcare tuition expenses for low-income students at the Arapahoe Community College Child Development Center. Awards are based upon number of children and days attending. Awards are distributed evenly over two consecutive semesters. The stipend is available to students currently enrolled at ACC who meet the following requirements:
- Financial need (document thru FAFSA)
- Enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester, 3 credit hours in the summer.
- Possess a 2.0 cumulative GPA
- Children must meet the minimum enrollment status according to his/her parent(s) credit hours, or parents must agree to enroll children in a minimum amount of hours:
2, 3, or 5 full days of care or 2, 3, or 5 half days of care.
- Only one stipend per family, (unless additional funds are available) recipients are responsible for any remaining child care tuition
- Recipients are funded evenly for two semesters unless eligibility requirements are no longer met, your need lessens or funds become unavailable
- Parent/guardian must sign a “Parent Agreement” in order to receive funding
CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Minimum award $1,000. Awards based upon number of children and days attending. Awards are distributed evenly over two consecutive semesters.
Stipend Levels (per child)
Amount of Day/Week Enrolled
Additional Financial Information
Arapahoe Community College Child Development Center participates in the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (limited spots available) and the Colorado Preschool Program through partnerships with local school districts.
The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) provides financial assistance to eligible low-income families who need child care to support their efforts toward self-sufficiency. Eligible families may include those who are working, looking for employment, in training, enrolled in the Colorado Works program, or teen parents enrolled in high school. CCAP provides benefits for children from birth to age 12.
The Center receives a limited number of Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) spaces, which provide free tuition for 2 to 4 days of care. There is a screening process to qualify for this program. Students who qualify receive Stipends that provide a percentage of tuition coverage.