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CRES Preschool consists of two inclusive classrooms, 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 classroom of up to 16 children, and there may also be an extra special education paraprofessional to work with a child one-on-one if there is a child who needs extra support. CRES preschools use Project Approach curriculum, which follows the interests of the children and guides them through play-based research and investigations that build 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.

Our preschool offers half-day and full-day options 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 3:15pm. 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 Kary Tardif at 970-384-5644.