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Iliff Preschool. Kindergarten, and School-Age Summer Camp

4140 E Iliff Ave
Denver, CO 80222

(303) 757-3551


If anyone knows about giving children what they really want, it’s Iliff Preschool, Kindergarten, and School-Age Summer Camp, est.1963. Featured as a Preschool Pick in 5280 and voted a “Top 5” Favorite Preschool by Colorado Parent Magazine, Iliff has been a leader in the field of early childhood education. The staff members identify what is appropriate for each child’s age and development and then focus on the individual needs and interests of its children.

Privately owned by the same family since 1963, Iliff is conveniently located close to University Park and University Hills, the DU campus, and the Colorado Boulevard business corridor, just minutes from I 25, between downtown Denver and the DTC. Degreed and experienced teachers in the preschool, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and school-age classrooms create play-based activities which provide joyful experiences connecting to state and NAEYC early childhood standards and include Early Literacy, Early Math, Nature/Science, Social Studies, Emotional and Social Skills, Self-Reliance and Safety Skills, Art, Music, Computer, Gross Motor Skills, and Foreign Language. Field Trips enrich the curriculum for children over the age of 4.

Facilities include computer labs in the preschool, pre-K and kindergarten classrooms, radiant heated floors, air conditioning, a fully equipped commercial kitchen, kindergarten in a real DC7, licensed and equipped as the only self-contained classroom in an airplane, field trips and transportation for school-age children in the center’s privately owned busses, a security gate at the front entrance, and more than 100 trees enhancing the eight unique and nationally recognized outdoor play areas. The indoor classrooms, many painted with illustrations from early childhood literature, provide an atmosphere that children delight in and are an inspiration to all that spend time in them.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

"We pride ourselves on excellence and on providing an atmosphere that ignites imagination, endless exploration, and the wonder of discovery for every child in our community."

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Enrichment classes include Spanish, Dance, Art, and Music Together.

From the Director:

Parent's are always hearing about the importance of play in early childhood education. But what does playing with puzzles and stringing beads have to do with the academic knowledge children will need when they enter formal education? You may be surprised to learn that "just playing" is essential for children up to age seven as the best way to prepare them for academic success. Research has demonstrated that unstructured play is healthy and, in fact, essential for helping children reach social, emotional and cognitive developmental milestones. In accordance with this research, the staff members have created a play-rich environment in which children can unlock their creativity and imagination and develop problem solving skills that will promote the development of language and literacy as well as gross motor skills.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We are a quality, neighborhood, educational, child care program designed to provide warm, loving care, a stimulating educational curriculum and a full range of services in support of all families. "
Excerpted from the preschool's website


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school