Family Programming at AXIS: AXIS Preschool and AXIS Childcare
As a preschool through 5th grade organization, AXIS is excited to offer preschool and childcare. AXIS Preschool offers full-time or part-time edu-care (education + childcare) program options and follows the AXIS K-5 schedule and calendar (click to access). The preschool program is the best preparation for the K-5 program and includes daily language immersion and Core Knowledge content delivered through play-based teaching and learning. The first day of school is August 18 for our preschoolers only. If you are not scheduled to attend Tuesdays, your child's first day will be Wednesday, August 19.
AXIS Childcare is provided during before and after school hours and during school vacation and holidays for families that need year-round care for children aged 3-12 years (separated appropriately by age). Pending public health conditions, AXIS plans to offer AXIS Childcare in the event K-5 schools must close, but childcare can remain open to serve families.
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The Unique AXIS Preschool Programming: Language Immersion and Core Knowledge
Flexible Schedule for 3 and 4 Year Old Full and Part Day
7:00-8:00 Before School Care: child-directed play
8:00-8:15 Flexible drop off: Child-directed play
8:15 School Day Starts
English Learning Time (Same Age)
8:15-8:30 English Circle Time
8:30-8:50 English Small Groups (Cross-curricular: Literacy, Science, Math)
8:50-9:00 Bathroom break
Language Immersion Time (Mixed Age)
9:00-9:15 Partner language circle time
9:30-10:30 Partner language centers
10:30-10:45 Partner language music and movement
10:45-11:00 Partner language small group
English Learning Time (Same Age)
11:00-11:10 Bathroom break
11:10-11:30 Outdoor Time or Lunch
11:40-12:10 Outdoor Time or Lunch
12:15 Half-day dismissal
12:45-1:05 English Read Aloud and Literacy
1:05-2:05 Rest/Quiet time activities (nap, look at books, puzzles)
2:05-2:25 Outdoor time
2:25-3:05 English Centers (Cross-curricular: Literacy, Science, Math)
3:05-3:15 Goodbye circle
3:15 Full day dismissal
3:15-5:30 After school programming: outside play, snack, whole and small group play/activities and games.
3:25-4:25 AXIS Preschool Enrich (type "enrich" into the search bar above to view enrichment opportunities provided at AXIS by local organizations: Mighty Kicks, Amazing Athletes, and Playcrafter Kids) (Will be available if public health conditions allow, information will be shared with enrolled families).
Calendar, Program Options, and Tuition
- Preschool - 3 and 4 Year Old Options:
- 8:15am-3:15pm Full day and full week M/T/W/Th/F $800*
- 8:15am-12:15pm Part day and full week M/T/W/Th/F $575
- 8:15am-12:15pm Part day and part week M/T/W/Th $475
- 8:15am-3:15pm Full day and part week T/Th $385 (only a few spots left!)
- 8:15am-12:15pm Part day and part week T/Th $335 (only a few spots left!)
- Additional Program Options for 3 or 4 Year Olds:
- Full time, full week children may add daily before and after school care for $350 per month, a total of $1150 for daily 6:30am-5:30pm care and preschool or only afterschool care for $300 per month.
- 6:30am-8:00am Before school care (drop in $13/day)
- 12:15pm-3:15pm Extended day for children attending part day, part week (drop in $6/hour)
- 3:15pm-5:30pm After school care (drop in $17/day)
Preschool Enrolled Student Forms
We are happy that AXIS Preschool is one program within AXIS International Academy. Please see all enrollment details our website at www.AXIScolorado.org/enrollmentsteps/. The process is summarized below.
- Please visit our Enrollment -> Enrollment Steps page for enrollment steps and required forms.
Other Important Enrollment Details
The annual registration fee of $85, can be paid through the Procare system (childcare software) or by stopping by AXIS front office during summer hours (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30-4:00pm). You may also mail a check to AXIS 2130 W. Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526. If you are a returning family, you should be able to access your Procare account at myprocare.com. If you are a new family, please click here to learn how to set up your account. The Procare system is the system you will use for payment, and it is also the system you will use to check your child in and out each day. Children should be 3 years of age on or before the first day of attendance and potty-trained.
Children are asked to bring their own labeled:
- Nut-free lunch in lunchbox or purchase school lunch and nut-free snack
- Water bottle
- Extra set of clothes (in case of accident)
- Any children staying all day will need to bring a crib sheet on Mondays for their rest cot and take these home for washing on Fridays.
Please remember to put your child’s name on everything they bring to preschool.
AXIS is fortunate to have an excellent lunch option made locally in the CEC (Colorado Early Colleges) scratch kitchen with ingredients sourced from local farms. These lunches are available for purchase for $4 each day. In addition to typical health code practices, special adaptations will be made to follow COVID preventative practices for food handling.
AXIS COVID-19 Protocols and Practices
AXIS will be implementing all public health requirements as we move into the school year. If public health conditions allow childcare centers to operate and AXIS family demand is sufficient, AXIS Preschool will remain open. This may include times where orders may require the K-5 to close, as was experienced in March 2020. Please visit the DRAFT AXIS Continuation of Learning Working Document if you would like to view additional information. You can find the public health requirements from Larimer County here and from the Colorado Department of Education here.
To help gather stakeholder input on returning to school amidst COVID-19, the AXIS School Accountability Committee has expanded to become the AXIS Return to School Committee. This committee includes community members, AXIS staff, and AXIS parents across languages and ages of children. We are fortunate to have parent members who are epidemiologists/infectious disease doctor, mental health professionals, and who have other expertise. These members are all participating on this committee to guide decision-making. We are very grateful to be a small school with the autonomy to follow public health requirements to do what is best for our AXIS children, families, and staff. Specific details on how all of these practices will be integrated at AXIS will be shared around July 20, a month before school starts.
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