Paradise Place - Crested Butte CO Child Care Center

404 Maroon AVE , Crested Butte CO 81224
(970) 349-2149

About the Provider


Paradise Place Preschool provides a developmentally appropriate early childhood curriculum. Paradise Place works on behalf of the community in Crested Butte to nurture and educate children and their families. We offer a small and personal environment which teaches children values such as: compassion, spiritual growth, responsibility, and self-worth.

 We are a REGGIO EMILIA inspired play-based Community Preschool. The Reggio Emilia philosophy is an approach to teaching, learning and advocacy for children. In its most basic form, it is a way of observing what children know, are curious about and what challenges them. Reggio Emilia Inspired – What does it mean?

Our staff has over 50 years of combined experience. There is no substitute for experience. At Paradise Place we have invested in fine tuning the formula for success as a preschool and early childhood education provider. Paradise Place itself was established over 25 years ago. We have longevity in our staff and we combine that with programs that have stood the test of time.

If you are not completely satisfied, we’ll refund your money. Because we are confident of our quality in education, our 50 years of experience, and because we built this school on the premise that the child and our community’s families come first – if you are not completely satisfied after your first two weeks, we will refund your tuition.

We offer spacious and separate classrooms and have a new state-of-the-art playground. All of our classrooms are separated by age and developmental stages. This allows us to focus on the needs of a particular age group and helps your child bond with their teacher and becomes more comfortable within their space and routine. Our playground was installed in 2014 and offers your child plenty of room to run and play.

Our Curriculum and learning activities are developed for each child. However, we primarily use creative curriculum in conjunction with the Reggio Emilia inspired approach, that is just a base for the really important stuff: Personalized curriculum for each child enrolled based off their current level of development. Your child will get his or her very own learning plan to help them become ready for elementary school. Kindergarten readiness is very important to us and we utilize an assessment program that goes with them from Paradise Place to their kindergarten teachers.

We have an Adventure based summer camp! Our summer camp is one of the most popular in the community! Our summer camp is for our preschoolers up to first graders and they absolutely love it. We take the normal “preschool” experience and change into a summer camp like routine with new experiences for the kids. We venture into the outdoors and engage the child in their surroundings. (We love taking advantage of the beautiful place we live!) We’ve gone white water rafting, on hikes, horse-back riding… the list goes on and on and it is nothing short of an adventure!

We use the Pyramid Plus approach to teaching: Pyramid Plus goal is to promote the social and emotional development and inclusion of all children, birth through five, through a collaborative professional development system. PPA Frequently Asked Questions.2015

We welcome and encourage parent involvement. Parents and families are an integral part of Paradise Place Preschool. Please feel free to drop by anytime. Our staff is always open to conversations and suggestions. If you want to see what your child is learning and doing that day, stop by the classroom or playground. Attend one of our outings, like going to the library, or attend one of our family events.


At Paradise Place we welcome every child and provide them with the best possible learning experience in Crested Butte. Paradise Place Preschool admits students of any race, religion, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities made available to students at the school.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin in administration of our policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs. We teach core moral values that each and every child can use to build a solid foundation of lifelong behavior and learning patterns. 

Additional Information:

Toddlers cared for in this center must be walking independently

Special Needs: Social Emotional Behaviors;Respiratory Illness;Diabetes;Seizure Disorders;Physical Delays/Limitations;Food/Dietary;Cognitive Delays;Speech/Communication;Willing to Support.
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Program and Licensing Details

  • License Number: 68033
  • Capacity: 39
  • Age Range: Toddlers, Preschool
  • State Rating: 4
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: Yes
  • Languages Supported: English, English Spanish
  • Type of Care: After School, Daytime, Drop-in Care, Full-Time, Part-Time
  • Transportation: Field Trips
  • Schools Served: CBCS
  • Initial License Issue Date: Jan 25, 2002
  • Current License Issue Date: Oct 20, 2016
  • District Office: Colorado Dept of Human Services - Division of Child Care
  • District Office Phone: 303-866-5958 (Note: This is not the facility phone number.)

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Inspection/Report History

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Type Report Date Category Finding
Inspection 2020-06-09 Supervisory
Inspection 2019-05-15 Supervisory
Inspection 2018-08-29 Supervisory

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