Preschool Information

CRES Early Childhood program consists of two inclusive preschool classrooms (children ages 3 to 5 years old) and one toddler classroom (children 1 to 3 years old). We are located in the Early Childhood wing of Crystal River Elementary School. We value diversity in our classrooms and offer high-quality early childhood experiences to children who come to us with different languages, backgrounds, and abilities. There are two qualified teachers in each preschool classroom to a maximum of 16 children. In the toddler classroom, we have two qualified teachers to a maximum of 8 students. There may also be a special education teacher and service providers working with children one-on-one if there is a child who needs extra support. Our program uses a project-based curriculum, which follows the interests of the children and guides them through play-based research and investigations that builds on their natural dispositions to be intellectually curious and to investigate their environments. Projects usually last a month or more to give young children the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the project and/or investigation for greater understanding of each topic.

Preschool Staff
Program Information

CRES Preschool currently offers:

  • 1 Toddler classroom - 1 year to 3 years
  • 2 Preschool classrooms - 3 years to 5 years

Our preschool offers half-day and full-day options as well as a variety of schedules to accommodate the needs of the children and families we serve. Our hours of operation for our half day program are 8:00-11:00am and our full day hours are 8:00am to 3:30pm. We follow the RFSD School Calendar and don't operate during the summer time. Tuition is determined by the Roaring Fork School District each year, and can be found on the RFSD website or by inquiring within the preschool. Those interested in learning more about CRES preschool and its programs can contact Danielle (Dani) Spieler - CRES Preschool Director, at 970-384-7945 or