About the Early Learning Academy

CEC Early Learning Academy students sitting in a classroom

Hours of Operation

Monday: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.


Not only does CEC house a high school, but within the school walls is a four-star (as rated by Colorado Shines Early Learning) preschool program that is open to the community. Preschoolers ages 3-5 are eligible to enroll on a space-available basis. The preschool offers a dual learning environment at CEC. While the children take part in their lessons, the high school teaching careers class has the opportunity to observe and interact with the class in a student-teaching capacity.


We believe that play is the primary vehicle for and the best indicator of a child’s growth and development. Activities are designed to meet children’s individual needs and naturally developing interests. Our activities are developmentally appropriate and incorporate the Building Blocks to Colorado’s State Standards of learning. We encourage children to question, explore, imagine and problem solve each day. These skills build the foundation for future academic success. Our primary goal is to help children foster a love of learning.

Quality Rating

Colorado Shines is a statewide non-profit organization working with child care providers, parents and communities to improve the quality of early childhood education across Colorado.

In January 2019, we achieved a Colorado Shines Rating of FOUR stars. We are extremely proud to meet the high levels of excellence Colorado Shines evaluates for! To receive this rating and accreditation, centers must meet standards higher than those established by state licensing. These higher requirements help to ensure programs are providing a quality setting for children and families. For more information about licensing, please visit the state website.

Field Trips & Special Activities

We are extremely fortunate to be able to include 15-17 field trips each year.   We charter DPS school buses with special ECE 5-point harness seat belts. Parents and grandparents often jump on the bus and join us for field trips too!   We strongly believe the community can be our classroom and strive to offer our students a wide variety of field trip experiences such as farm visits, museums, plays at the Arvada Center and DCPA, Tiny Tots Orchestra, Zoo, tours and so much more!

The preschool also creates special activities with the families outside of the regular school day including our fall family night, holiday craft night, Valentine’s Day love breakfast, spring fling family event, and end of the year celebration.

Outdoor Play & Nature Exploration

Come rain or shine we get the children outside for a minimum of 60 min a day.  Our large fenced in playground offer the children a safe place to play outside every day.  We also explore and play at area parks, take walks, do activities in our outdoor courtyard.