small fries preschool a part-day/part-time, school-year round licensed childcare program for 3-5 year olds

Small Fries Preschool is located inside Chilson Recreation Center

Open House Thursday, January 23 4:00 - 5:00P

A quality-rated, state-licensed, comprehensive preschool program for your 3 to 5 year old that includes a balance of play-based, child-directed discovery and teacher-led, small group activities. Kindergarten-readiness is ensured through the encouragement of self-regulation, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

The Small Fries Preschool program is rated Level 5 through Colorado Shines and follows the Colorado Early Learning & Developmental Guidelines to build curriculum in the following content areas:

  • Social/Emotional Development
  • Cognitive Development
  • Language & Early Literacy
  • Fine & Gross Motor Skills
  • Creative Arts Expression
  • Health & Physical Development
  • Logic & Reasoning
  • Approaches to Learning

Small Fries program brochure (PDF) Learn more about this popular program including class days/times, contact information, teaching philosophy and family engagement opportunities.

Small Fries Parent Handbook (PDF) For prospective and current families, refer to our handbook for detailed policies and procedures including program dates, tuition & fee schedules, guidance strategies utilized in the classroom, emergency procedures and more.


REGISTRATION IS NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE. Registration forms must be submitted in person at the Chilson Center front desk. Open spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fall 2020

Registration for Spring 2020 begins Monday, Feb. 3 at 8:00 a.m. in-person at the Chilson Recreation Center. Currently enrolled families receive priority registration through January 31. All remaining spaces will be available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

* An annual, non-refundable registration fee of $35 is due at the time of enrollment. Session fees may be paid in full or broken down into monthly tuition payments that are due on the first of each month during the session.

Spring 2020

Spring 2020 classes are currently full.

The Spring 2020 session runs January 6 through May 22 and generally follows the Thompson School District calendar for district-wide holiday breaks and other school closures. No classes held on 1/1-1/3, 1/20, 2/17, 2/26, 2/28, 3/16-3/20, 4/20.

Spring 2020 Tuition Fees

  • M/T/W Pre-K Classes: The full spring session fee of $848 can be paid in full at any time or can be broken down into monthly installment payments.
  • Th/F Preschool Classes: The full spring session fee of $518 can be paid in full at any time or can be broken down into monthly installment payments.

For more information on Small Fries Preschool, to schedule a tour, or inquire about current wait lists, please call 970.962.2467 or email sarah.gagne@cityofloveland.org

Looking for enrichment classes to supplement your child's preschool experience?

Questions? Call 970.962.2467 or email sarah.gagne@cityofloveland.org for more information or to schedule a tour.


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