Pre-Kindergarten at select locations!

Three convenient locations open from 6:30AM-6:00PM Monday-Friday

Highlands Ranch offers-

Little Cougars- Cougar Run Elementary

8780 Venneford Ranch Road Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
Program Manager- Erin Garcia - [email protected] 

Little Pups - Copper Mesa Elementary

3501 Poston Pkwy, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
Program Manager- Yvonne Pugh [email protected]

Parker offers-

Little Cubs - Mountain View Elementary

8502 N. Pinery Parkway Parker, Co 80134
Program Supervisor-Tammy Nobles - [email protected] 

What our Programs Provide:

Our programs utilize the best development opportunities that Douglas County School District has to offer.  Each program uniquely designs their curriculum based on the Elementary School they are partnered with, while maintaining a similar standard across all three programs.  Some of the program opportunities include:

  • Learning Without Tears

  • Zoophonics

  • S.T.E.A.M based programing

  • Everyday Math

  • Specials vary, but may include: Art, Spanish, Karate, Technology, Music and Movement, Library, P.E

We are 100% invested in the Elementary School community and participate in school-wide events such as; the fun run, field day and assemblies.

Our Staff:

Our staff is State of Colorado Licensed professionals with years of Early Childhood Educational experience. We continue post-degree education to exceed the state requirements and strive for a better Whole Child learning environment for our classrooms.

Macaroni Kids Awards:

2014, 2015, 2016 Macaroni Kids Gold Daisy Award Winner for Best Daycare/Learning Center (Full Time)
2014, 2015, 2016 Macaroni Kids Gold Daisy Runner up for Best Preschool
2014, 2015 and 2016 Macaroni Kids Nominee for Best Kept Secret
2017 Macaroni Kids Gold Daisy Honorable Mention for Best Preschool

Parent Testimonials:

“We feel like we’re dropping our son off with family every day, yet we know he’s getting high-quality instruction at the same time. It’s the best of both worlds!” -Past Parent

“As the parent of a child with special needs, we feel blessed to have found Little Pups. The staff is caring, loving and patient, and they will work with you every step of the way to create a program to ensure that your child is successful in his, or her, learning environment.” -Past Parent

“This is the best Pre-K program I have ever seen. My child wakes up excited to go to school every day. He has fun while he learns and enjoys the interaction with the older kids in school. Michele, the director, and her staff run a state-of-the-art program. They have enrichment specials like music, technology, PE and more. The children are consistently engaged and challenged throughout the day and are receiving the best preparation for Kindergarten!” -Past Parent

Area Manager: 
Michele Stewart
[email protected]

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 303-387-0127.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.


Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records at this link ( Douglas County School District Transcripts and Records Requests ).