Thank you for your interest in the Douglas County School District Preschool Program

Early Childhood Education is part of the Student Support Services of Douglas County School District. We provide innovative and effective learning environments that are proven to positively impact long-term academic achievement and social-emotional development in nearly 70 preschool classrooms across the district.

We Value The uniqueness and learning potential of our youngest learners, a qualified, knowledgeable, and prepared staff who promote the learning and development of the whole child, the role of parents in the education of their children and being a part of the public education system and our community partners.

Our Focus To create an optimal play-based, early learning environment that enables all preschoolers to develop ready-to-learn skills.  Learning opportunities are maximized through nurturing & responsive relationships and a variety of differentiated, instructional approaches. Our ECE teams are cognizant of the whole child and facilitate the development of foundational social-emotional, physical, language, and pre-academic skills in our youngest learners by utilizing developmentally appropriate, child-centered practices. We implement a fully inclusive educational environment that celebrates diversity and promotes a rigorous, high-quality, play-based approach to learning. We use the following Curriculum tools in our programs:

Creative Curriculum (Teaching Strategies)

Early Learning (Second Step)

To Learn More about our aged-based sessions, tuition fees and options, tuition assistance, curriculum, and Colorado Shines within DCSD ECE programs, please click on Preschool Program Information on the left. If you are ready to get started click on Preschool Enrollment!

We look forward to serving you and your family in our programs!

Staff Directory

Lisa Graham, Director, Early Childhood Education

Administrative Offices and Support Staff

Douglas County Early Childhood North
9350 Teddy Lane
Lone Tree, CO 80124

Tracy Leftridge - Administrative Support 
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Douglas County Early Childhood South
3950 Trail Boss Lane
Castle Rock, CO 80104

Lora Gresh - Administrative Support
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Director - Lisa Graham

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Assistant Director - Annika Barton

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ECE Coordinator, Highlands Ranch - Leigh Quintana

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ECE Coordinator, Castle Rock – Eric Elmore

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ECE Coordinator, Parker – Wendy Klein

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Administrative Assistant, Personnel/Staffing – Megan Olson

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Bookkeeper, My School Bucks/Tuition – Annie Cannon

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Registrar – Sue Wozniak

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Student Placements (General Education) – Vanessa Maquindang

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Student Placements (Special Education) – Angie Zundel

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Child Find Evaluation Scheduling – Dana Knauff

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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 ).