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

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 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.

Spaces Are Limited for Fall 2019. Call 970.962.2467 for Availability.

Registration for Fall 2019 began Friday, February 1 at 8:00 a.m. in-person at the Chilson Recreation Center. Families enrolled in the Spring 2019 Session will have a priority registration prior to February 1. 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 1st of each month during the session.

Fall 2019

Limited spaces are available for the fall 2019 session. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 970.962.2467 or email sarah.gagne@cityofloveland.org.

The Fall 2019 session runs September 3 through December 20 and generally follows the Thompson School District calendar for district-wide holiday breaks and other school closures. Parent and Child Orientation meetings will be held the week of August 19.

The Chilson Center is CLOSED August 26-September 2 for maintenance and training.

*No classes held 10/4, 10/10, 10/11, 11/27, 11/28, 11/29

Fall 2019 Tuition Fees

  • M/T/W Pre-K Classes: The full fall session fee of $736 can be paid in full at any time or can be broken down into 5 monthly installment payments of $147.20.
  • Th/F Preschool Classes: The full Fall session fee of $378 can be paid in full at any time or can be broken down into 5 monthly installment payments of $75.60.

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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