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Handprints Early Education Center

4005 N. Weber Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

(719) 598-4083


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It is our mission at Handprints Early Education Center to provide spiritual training, to provide nurture and care to children in a loving, Christian environment and to prepare children for the next step in their education experience.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Handprints Early Education Centers will apply age-appropriate teaching methods and activities for young children including praise and worship experiences, individual and corporate prayer times, Bible stories, scripture activities, natural occurances in the classroom and on the playground and the application of Scripture to the needs of the children and the happenings during the class time. Spiritual training will also be evident and purposeful in physical, emotional, cognitive and social development. Children will experience a variety of open-ended classroom activities including but not limited to dramatic play, music, art, books and media, science and curiosity builders, manipulatives, sensory, fine and large motor coordinators, and language developers. Children will also be exposed to pre-reading and phonic skills.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Handprints is a faith based center and offers an age- appropriate Bible curriculum. Handprints also offers optional dance classes and soccer classes. Each classroom offers a variety of teacher-directed activities as well as time for child-initiated, purposeful play.

From the Director:

Handprints Early Education Centers will adhere to and maintain the Colorado Department of Human Services Regulations for Child Care Centers as well as the Standards for Accreditation through Association of Christian Schools International.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Handprints Early Education Centers will make reasonable accommodations for children with special needs. Teachers give individual attention to each child to meet their needs and set them on the path for success in their educational careers.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Handprints curriculum is based upon on-going scientific research in early childhood education. This research has provided Handprints with evidence that a hands-on, active and engaging environment is the most developmentally appropriate setting for optimum learning in young children. We strive to reach a balance between active, child-directed play and teacher-directed, structured academics. Our teachers stratigically plan the classroom day with opportunities for each child to grow emotionally, socially, physically, cognitively and spiritually.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Starting a preschool program for the first time may cause anxiety for your child. It is recommended that you visit the center with your child before the first day of attendance. This will allow you and your child to meet staff members as well as see other children at play. The Handprints staff will work with you and your child to make this adjustment period a positive experience. We recommend that you give your child at least a month to adjust to our classes and programs.