Curriculum Overview ~

The uniqueness and beauty of Durango Early Learning Center is that each teacher is able to express their own personality and passion in their classroom design and structure, truly being individual within a common approach. Each teacher is qualified to work within the early year setting and required to complete 15 hours of service training per year. DELC strives to provide a warm, secure atmosphere where children can actively grow.

Some of our benefits include:

  • We have small classes with low teacher ratios.
  • We require parental participation. More info…
  • We have caring, experiences and qualified teachers.
  • We have weekly multi-aged group activities.
  • We support individualized programs.
  • We offer variable contracts, with a minimum of 2 days per week up to full time.
  • We contract a Spanish teacher to teach Spanish vocabulary that relates to the specific learning topics in each individual classroom.

Schedule Overview ~

Toddler Room ( 2 – 3 years)

The toddler room accommodates 10 children each day with a maximum of 1 to 5 teacher/child ratio and a minimum of 1 to 3.

Focus is on:

  • Personal emotional/social development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development.

Preschool (3 – 5 years)

Creativity, exploration and experimentation are balanced with teacher facilitated themes and projects. Lead teachers plan their days to include the children’s journey of music, movement, art and story telling. They reinforce all the previous learning that has taken place and build on it.  We strive to ensure that every child leaves Durango Early learning Center with a sense of self, socially able, and with a joy of learning.

Focus is on:

  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Communication skills
  • Pre-math
  • Pre literacy
  • Pre science
  • Expressive arts/design
  • Understanding of the world

Preschool Afternoon Schedule ~

The afternoons have a structured schedule between 12:30 and 5:30 with a keen sensitivity of the needs of the children and the teachers.  The whole preschool comes together so ages will range from 3 – 5 years.


12:00 – 12:30 – All preschool recess

12:30 – 3:30 – Nap

Children who need a nap come in at 12:30, go to the bathroom, and are read a few stories before laying down on their nap mats.  They are then encouraged to sleep and are woken up between 2:30 and 2:45, ready to enjoy a light snack before they join the resters outside by 3:30.  If a student does not fall asleep, they are given quiet activities to do while the others are sleeping.

1:00 – 3:30 –  Rest

Children who don’t nap have rest recess until 1:00.  Students come inside for stories and then 30 minutes of quiet, rest time.  Students are allowed to sleep if they need it or otherwise engage in quiet activities.  After resting, students eat a lunch box snack and have free play.  Resters typically go back outside for recess between 3:00 and 3:30.


3:30 – 3:45 – Afternoon Recess and 3:30 contract pick up

3:45 – 4:45 – Afternoon Clubs

Students are divided into mixed age groups and participate in teacher-planned activities based on a weekly changing theme.  Activities provide curriculum-enhancement in all areas of development.  Students also eat school-prepared snack.

4:45 – 5:30 – Free play inside or outside (pending on weather)