Paddington Station Preschool is a welcoming and inclusive community that partners with families to celebrate childhood, embrace learning through play, and prepare confident individuals to joyfully explore the wonders of the world.
Paddington Station Preschool began as a dream of educators and parents who were searching for a preschool that was child centered and play based.
The very first Paddington Station preschool class formed in September of 1993 and was located in the backyard of a house in Park Hill with ten children, two teachers and a pet potbelly pig. Over the years it grew and was housed in many different and unique locations. In 2000 Paddington Station moved to its current location, the Little Red Brick Schoolhouse on 13th and Quebec.
From the beginning, families committed to their children's educational development poured their energy and love into the school. They helped tirelessly with clean up days, snack provision and supplying the classrooms with everything from books to toys. Family members continue to work on fund-raising efforts, serve as members of the Board of Trustees, organize our grocery card program and chair our other fundraising events. Moms, Dads and grandparents have always been an integral part of the fabric at Paddington; the parent-teacher partnership continues today.
Throughout the years Paddington Station became a respected and model preschool, partnering with The Stanley British Primary School Teacher Preparation Program and producing many outstanding educators. The tradition of the teacher-training program continues to this day under the umbrella of PEBC and now called the Boettcher Teacher Residency Program, resulting in a united philosophy among the faculty and staff. Each school year Paddington Station welcomes one or two interns from the Boettcher Teacher Residency Program.
Paddington Station's integrated curriculum encompasses all the domains of development, including play, social-emotional, language development, cognitive, physical: fine motor and gross motor, literacy, math, science, social studies, and creative. Our teachers listen to each child and create thematic units based on the children's interests.
Both children and families enthusiastically embrace our amazing school building with its rich history, ample outdoor spaces and the caring warmth of the Paddington Station Preschool team.
In 2011 Paddington Station Preschool purchased the building which was built in 1891 and housed the first public Kindergarten in Denver. As a result of a grant from the State Historical Fund, the exterior of the school was recently restored to preserve its historical character in the hopes that children will continue to run through its halls and celebrate childhood for many years to come.
Paddington Station is... "warm, welcoming, bright, happy. EXPLORE LIFE!"
"My child enjoys coming to school every day and is growing and having fun."
"I feel privileged to have found in Paddington Station a place where my kids' true selves are seen and loved, and they are encouraged to explore and engage. We love coming to school here!"
Paddington Station is... "exploring through play in a beautiful environment."
Paddington Station provides... "the opportunity for the children to become who they are meant to be."
"Math+play+reading+play+a love of school=Paddington!"
"I have never seen such joy and satisfaction on my children's faces than the first day of school at Paddington."