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  • Welcome to Paradise Place Preschool

    A Reggio Emilia Inspired Play-Based Preschool located in Crested Butte, Colorado

    • Money Back Guarantee

      If you are not completely satisfied with our school after your first two weeks, we will refund the tuition you paid.

    • Reggio Emilia Inspired

      Paradise Place Preschool is a Reggio Emilia Inspired Play-Based Preschool. Reggio Emilia in it’s most basic form means that we observe what our children want to know, are curious about, and what challenges them in learning.

    • Spacious and Separate Classrooms

      All of our classrooms are separated by age and developmental stages. This allows the child to bond with his or her teacher and get comfortable in their space.

    • Parent Involvment

      We welcome and encourage parent involvement. Please feel free to drop by anytime, our teachers and staff are always open to conversations.

    • Dear Mr. Ben & Paradise Place Staff: We wanted to thank you so much for making our family feel so welcome in your community school. We feel very grateful that our son Cameron, had to opportunity to spend the fall season here. It is obvious that your school is a fun, safe, and special place for kids to learn and grow. We are so sad to leave, Paradise Place will always have a special place in Cam’s heart. With Gratitude,

      Cameron, Lisa, and Chris
    • Our family feels very lucky to have found Paradise Place for our 2 year old son during the few months that we had the opportunity to live in Crested Butte. The school itself is welcoming, clean, and a fun environment for kids to learn in. We appreciated the secure front door and daily check-in/check-out process that they have in place. Each classroom is uniquely kid-friendly and decorated with student’s photos and artwork, giving each child a sense of ownership in their own classrooms. Our son looked forward to attending every day.

      The Cornacchia Family
    • We greatly appreciated the level of communication between Paradise Place and home. In addition to the daily written reports given to us by his classroom teacher, we also received monthly emailed newsletters with learning information and photos. We have immense gratitude for the time our son got to spend in this special school that lives up to it’s name, a true Paradise Place.

      The Cornacchia Family
    • My son Brody absolutely loves coming to Paradise Place. He is a drop in from time to time, but is always made to feel so welcomed and included. We love Paradise Place!

      Leanne Griesemer
    • I have been so grateful for everyone at Paradise Place. Both my children have been students at Paradise since they were two years old and every teacher they’ve had have been amazing. They are all professional, qualified, creative, responsible and most of all FUN! My son who just entered Kindergarten was just placed in the highest reader group they have with just two other students out of all of their kindergarten class. The education based program Paradise has been working with has worked and is working for my children.

      Megan Clark
    • Both our girls went to Paradise Place from about 2 years old until Kindergarten. We thought the environment and the teachers were wonderful and they learned an enormous amount during the four years. The teachers were positive, imaginative and really had a special way with the kids. We loved how Paradise Place combined learning and fun into each day. Our girls loved going to Paradise Place and we would definitely encourage other families to join as well.

      Laurie and Mark Voegeli
    • We love sending our children here because of the outstanding teachers who work so hard to make the school a success!! I trust the staff explicitly and so appreciate all they work they put in to make sure each child is growing and learning. The teachers are amazing!! Paradise Place is a sweet, safe, stimulating environment, and we feel great about having our children there! We are thankful for a school that cares and provides unique learning opportunities for our young children. Thank you for helping our boys grow and learn!

      Drew and Noelle Larson
    • My husband and I both work two jobs and life at home can get hectic at times. We cherish the time our daughter spends at Paradise Place because it helps to provide a stable environment and schedule. The teachers are attentive, nurturing and put our daughter’s care and learning above all else. As a parent, we could not ask for a better environment for our daughter

      Jana Olslund
    • Paradise Place provides a loving environment with outstanding curriculum for our daughter and excellent communications back to me as the mom. Coupled with a class size that is small so that the highly skilled teachers can truly provide individualized care and instruction, it doesn’t get much better than this. When we are away from Crested Butte, we miss the Paradise Place family and cannot wait to return to Crested Butte in large part because of Paradise Place!

      Jana O.
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  • We have been educating children for over 25 years. Our goal is to create a place that engages each child and allows children to learn through hands-on experiences.

    Through the 29 years we have now been open we have learned how to grow and adapt to changing times and always stay up to date on the latest in educational tools and teaching strategies.

    • Comprehensive assessment using TS Gold.  What is TS GOLD?
    • Educational field trips and activities outside of the classroom
    • Individual attention in a small-class setting
    • Preschool Program 
    • Positive learning environment for your child
    • Reggio Emilia Inspired Approach What is Reggio Emilia?
    • Learning & Fun

      We focus on play-based learning: learning through which children organize and make sense of their social worlds, as
      they engage actively with people, objects and representations.

    • Our Garden

      Working in our very own garden encouraged healthy habits in our children and they get to eat what they plant!

    • Friendly, Community Atomosphere

      Of course we all want our children to go to school in a friendly atmosphere but beyond friendly, we promote a sense of community in our children that carries on well into the school age years.

    • Children Safety

      Safety first. We educate our children to keep themselves and their friends safe.

  • Our philosophy is learning through play as we offer a stimulating environment for children.

    • Hours

      We offer full day sessions from 7:50 AM – 5:30 PM.

      After-School Care

      We also provide transportation from CBCS to Paradise Place for after school care.

    Our mission is to foster the development and growth of each and every child through play-based and experience based learning. We promote their physical, mental, and moral growth using the Pyramid Plus model in a Reggio Emilia inspired classroom environment.

    • Our Students

      Our students come first – no exceptions.
      We offer low student to teacher ratios to help give each student the focus required for their age group.

    • Classrooms

      We have 4 separate classrooms to cater to each age groups different developmental stages.

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      Combined Teaching Hours

      At Paradise Place Preschool we believe there is no substitute for experience.
      We have fine tuned the formula for success in early childhood education and use methods that have proven successful as children move
      from preschool to elementary school.

  • Our Classes

    Our preschool program has four dedicated classes
  • We provided four classes divided by age group from 1-5 years of age.

  • All of our classrooms are separated by age and developmental stages. This allows us to focus on the needs of a particular age group and helps your child bond with their teacher and becomes more comfortable within their space and routine.


  • See Our Preschool Photo Gallery!

  • About Our Staff

  • Our staff consists of a Director, Teachers, an Office Manager, and a Marketing and Development Coordinator.

    Learn about our staff
  • Our staff all have experience in an educational environment. Everyone goes to continuing education in their perspective fields to stay up to date with what is current and most innovative teaching strategies for your children.

    We Are Kind

    We Are Passionate

    We Have Integrity

    We Are Progressive &

    We Put Our Community and Families First.

    We at Paradise Place encompass these values, so this is what your child will experience each and every time they come to school.

  • What's New - Happenings at Paradise Place

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  • Contact Us

    Our postal address and contact details
    • Address

      Paradise Place Christian Preschool
      404 Maroon Ave
      Crested Butte. CO 81224

    • Phone & E-mail

      Phone: (970) 349-2149
      Director: (970) 349-2149


    • Sessions

      Mornings: 7:50 am – 1:00 PM

      Full Day: 7:50 am – 5:30 pm

    • Postal Address

      PO Box 787
      Crested Butte, CO 81224