Durango Early Learning Center

890 East Third Ave,
Durango, CO, 81301-0813
Tel: (970)259-1483
Durango Early Learning Center offers toddler and preschool early childhood development for 70 children in La Plata County.
Our value base derives from a strong respect for childhood and the recognition that children are natural explorers and experimenters, capable of constructing learning and knowledge.
We offer an environment, both within the school and larger community, that affords endless possibilities for creativity, imagination, representation and problem solving.
Our focus is to develop a strong sense of worth in every child that comes through the doors by promoting a belief in themselves as capable learners with valuable opinions and ideas.
"Durango Early Learning Center staff are to be commended for the completion of their first Quality Rating." The education philosophy at Durango Early Learning Center evolves from the social construction theories of Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, Jerome Bruner, Howard Gardner, Loris Malaguzzi and Carlina Rinaldi.
We have adapted the application of Piagetian ideas into the High/Scope Curriculum, which focuses on children “learning how to think and solve problems through their active involvement in personally relevant experiences.”

School Overview

School Type Alternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Other associations(s) for exceptional children
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 3

Student Body

Total Students 71 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 16%
State avg.: 19%
Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 4 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 18:1
National avg.: 13:1

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Grace Preparatory Academy Of Durango (1.7 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Children's House Of Durango (0.7 miles away)
The nearest preschool is San Juan College Child & Family Dev Center (38.2 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • Durango Children's House Of Durango
    Montessori School
    1689 W 3rd Ave
    Durango , CO , 81301
    (970)259-1089
    Montessori School
    0.7  mi  |  38  students  |  Gr.  K
  • Durango
    St. Columba School
    (Roman Catholic)
    1801 E 3rd Ave
    Durango , CO , 81301
    (970)547-5527
    (Roman Catholic)
    0.7  mi  |  241  students  |  Gr.  K-9
  • Durango
    Grace Preparatory Academy Of Durango
    Special Program Emphasis (Christian)
    1159 E. 3rd Ave.
    Durango , CO , 81301
    (970)385-7544
    Special Program Emphasis (Christian)
    1.7  mi  |  22  students  |  Gr.  9-12
  • Durango
    First Umc Christ Childs School
    Early Childhood / Day Cares (Methodist)
    2917 Aspen Drive
    Durango , CO , 81301
    (970)247-4213
    Early Childhood / Day Cares (Methodist)
    1.8  mi  |  60  students  |  Gr.  NS-PK
  • Durango
    Columbine Christian School
    (Seventh-Day Adventist)
    1775 Florida Rd
    Durango , CO , 81301
    (970)259-1189
    (Seventh-Day Adventist)
    2.8  mi  |  77  students  |  Gr.  K-9

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