Early Childhood

Special Education
Early Childhood

Cherry Creek provides special education services to qualifying preschool age children through the Early Childhood Program. This includes children three to five, but not yet kindergarten age.
If your child is younger than 3, please contact our Child Find office at 720-554-4001. Parents of young children with concerns about their child's development in any area (cognitive: play/thinking, social: interactions/behavior, speech/language, fine motor, gross motor), should contact the Cherry Creek Child Find Office at 720-554-4001. Appointments are available at one of two locations, Red Hawk Ridge Elementary School and Eastridge Elementary School.
Services outlined on a child's Individual Education Plan (IEP) are based on the individual needs of the student. and do not necessarily include a classroom placement. Services are incorporated into the classroom and supports may be delivered from some or all of the following: general early childhood educator, teaching assistant, early childhood special educator, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, mental health, and/or physical therapist. Classrooms range from an inclusive preschool class (for students three by October 1), intensive support paired with an inclusive room, and "Young threes" classrooms (for students who turn three after October 1). 
In addition to the special education services, the Cherry Creek Early Childhood Program includes a number of other early education efforts. Funds from Head Start, Colorado Preschool/Kindergarten Project, and tuition-paying families are all blended with special education funds to support classrooms. Classrooms serve students from all funding sources. The preschools are located at elementary schools and preschool sites throughout the district. Not all elementary schools have a preschool as part of their location. Parents interested in the preschool programs can contact the Early Childhood Education Office at Eastridge Elementary School, 11777 E. Wesley Ave., Aurora, Colo. 80014, 720-554-4050. 
For information on these Early Childhood Education Programs, call (720)554-4050.

Tuition-Based Preschool
  • Multi-age classes for children  3 (by Sept. 15) - 5 years of age
  • 2 1/2 hour classes, A.M. or P.M.
  • Age-appropriate curriculum
  • Monthly tuition
  • Classes offered in district schools
Special Education
  • For children 3-5 years of age
  • Therapy sessions, classroom sessions, or consultations
  • Children staffed through Child Find
Colorado Preschool Program
  • Classroom sessions, integrated with Tuition-Based
  • For children 3-5 years of age
  • Children considered at risk for school difficulties
  • Limited space available
Head Start
  • Classroom sessions integrated with Tuition-Based
  • For children 3-5 years of age
  • Families meet low-income guidelines
  • Limited space available
Child Find
  • Screening, evaluation, and referral service
  • Provided free by the school district to identify educational and developmental delays in children from birth to 5 years of age.


Susan Snowdon, Director of Special Education

Evelyn Sickel, Coordinator of Special Education - Early Childhood Education

Jenny Gould, Special Services Secretary

Nory Marsh, Team Leader - Child Find

Debbie Burham, Child Find Secretary


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