ECE Resources

We’ve put together some resources to help you as your young learner starts on their educational journey. Click the links below to be directed to specific sections on this page.

ECE Tuition

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Our school’s ECE tuition billing comes through Denver Public Schools. Review these helpful resources: 

Tuition assistance 

Denver Public Schools offers tuition assistance credits through the Denver Preschool Program (DPP), Colorado Preschool Program and other funding sources. Your child’s tuition rate depends on your household size and income. Families are automatically considered for tuition credits when they fill out the application and supply all the correct documentation. If parents don’t provide all documentation, they will be assessed the full tuition rate.

Children are eligible for tuition reductions if:

  • They are Denver residents. Non-Denver residents must pay full tuition.
  • Parents fill out the preschool application and all required documentation

Universal Preschool Program

Universal Preschool (UPK) Colorado ensures that every child in the year before they are eligible for kindergarten is eligible for up to half-day (15 hours) of state-funded, voluntary preschool beginning in the 2023-24 school year. Learn more about this program and how your family can apply. 

ECE Family Supports

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Academy 360 believes that families are the true experts on their students’ development and learning. There is no one right way, no one size fits all method to raise children! 

To support our families along the way, we’ve compiled a set of resources that may be helpful. 

Social-Emotional Development

Mindful breathing exercises: 
Slow, easy breathing has positive effects on the mind and body, including training your brain to focus, decreasing anxiety and helping with emotional regulation.

Academy 360 uses Conscious Discipline Mindful Breathing Exercises as one strategy to support students when they are feeling frustrated, overly excited, nervous, or sad. See how it’s done

Support during temper tantrums:
Temper tantrums are one way – one frustrating way – a child communicates their feelings. Caregivers and teachers can learn from their child by understanding what caused the temper tantrum to erupt.

When your child has a tantrum, think about what happens immediately before. A lot of kids have tantrums in the same situation over and over. See tips on how to teach your child different ways to communicate. 

Play and Language Development

Stages of play: 
What do you notice when your child is playing? Are they by themselves, are they watching others, or are they first to jump right into a group? These moments of observation and imitation are all normal phases children go through, referred to as stages of play.

Just like adults need education and resources to learn how to be good at their jobs, children need the same type of models and direction to support their job of playing. Along with practical materials like toys and games, children need encouragement, engagement, examples, ideas, and lots and lots of time to play. Learn more about how you can support your child’s play!

Language and vocabulary:
The more words and engagement shared between adult and child, the greater complexity of the child’s speech. Research has found the amount of talk between a caretaker and child is powerfully related to the child’s later vocabulary size and language skills. Studies show a child’s vocabulary growth at age 3 is strongly associated with receptive vocabulary, listening, speaking, semantics, and reading comprehension.

It is vital to encourage a child’s motivation to interact and use language. To promote language development caregivers can talk through or comment on the child’s routines; stating the child’s actions, and responding to nonverbal and verbal communication efforts from.

Find more ways to engage your child’s language development with our Tips and Tricks Bulletin.

Developing School Readiness Skills

Reading aloud:
Part of helping our children develop starts with reading aloud to them as much as possible. Watch this video about why it’s so important.

Research studies that looked at word learning have discovered typically developing children needed 13 tries before understanding a word and 23 tries before saying the word. For children with specific language impairments, the numbers were statistically higher. Children with specific language impairments needed 27 trials to comprehend a word and around 49 trials to say them. 

Finding some favorite books is a great way to get started! See some of our favorites:

Childhood Development

Developmental milestones: 
Children’s language develops very quickly, and each milestone is a stepping stone to the next! By 2 years old, we want children to start putting two words together. A two-year-old should have 50+ vocabulary words to build their language skills.

Review these resources from trusted resources about milestones for children at different ages: 

Revised Developmental Milestones for Babies and Toddlers: Your Questions Answered
2 years
3 years
4 years
5 years

Child Find: 
Denver Public Schools’ Child Find seeks to support and ensure positive educational outcomes for all families in the city and county of Denver.

Services offered through Child Find, at no cost to the family:
• Developmental screenings
• Hearing/vision screenings
• Multi-disciplinary evaluation

Tips & Tricks