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Excitement awaits at the Early Childhood Adventure

Early Childhood Adventure participants

PARKER – Plan now to bring your youngsters to the 4th Annual Douglas County Early Childhood Council (DCECC) Early Childhood Adventure on Saturday, March 1. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria, in Parker.

An abundance of fun activities that kids can enjoy will include an obstacle course, puppet shows on the hour, arts and crafts with Lakeshore, live animal demonstration from The Wildlife Experience, and a special visit from the Chick-Fil-A Cow. In addition, the Community Resource area will offer important resource information for families with young children in Douglas County.

The Wildlife Museum exhibits include: Iditarod Day; Destination Africa: Into the Savannah; Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly; and Extreme Deep: Mission into the Abyss.   

“DCECC works with early childhood organizations in Douglas County to ensure that every child is happy, healthy, and thriving,” said Nancy Burdic, Douglas County School District Early Childhood Interim Director and current chair of DCECC.  “This high-energy family event is a great place for parents to discover all sorts of resources in our community that will assist them in the many facets of parenting. Besides, it’s lots of fun, too!”

Admission is a $2 per person (children under age 3 are free), which allows access to the early childhood event and The Wildlife Experience museum exhibits. Museum hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. everyday except holidays.  

The Douglas County Early Childhood Council is one of 31 early childhood councils across the state of Colorado working together to strengthen services and supports for young children in our local communities. For more information, visit

February 21, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Communications, Early Childhood Education

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.