Theresa Jekel - Fort Collins CO Family Child Care

112 N Grant AVE , Fort Collins CO 80521
(970) 484-1387
5 Reviews

About the Provider


Theresa Jekel Family Child Care is the first certified Nature Explore Classroom in the state of Colorado. Daily, children have an opportunity to grow & learn while playing in the following natural delineated areas; Climbing & Crawling, Build-it, Music & Movement, Messy Materials, Sensory Garden, Dirt Diggin, and more. What does this mean for my child? It means an emphasis on unstructured and unhurried playtime, centered on your child’s natural curiosity, interest and energy. It means rich, daily hands-on natural play experiences, which provide your child a sense of wonder! It means process, rather than product. It means age-appropriate development, open-ended learning opportunities, 3-dimensional visual/spatial strengthening, stimulating and engaging sensory experiences, all within a safe, healthy, nurturing child-oriented environment, which experts agree, is the foundation for school readiness and higher learning. 

Theresa Jekel holds an Experienced Child Care License and has provided child care in the state of Colorado since 1988. Theresa Jekel holds over 475 hours of training certificates of early childhood core knowledge areas, as well as, current first aid and CPR. She was a pioneer in holding a National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) Accreditation in the early 90’s, which states, “…for exemplifying the NAFCC Code of Excellence and attaining the highest standard of quality for family child care profession by successfully completing the Accreditation.” Additionally, she was President of the Association of Family Child Care Homes in Larimer County in years 1993 and 1994, of which she remains a long-time member, as well as, a member of the Licensed Family Child Care Association. Theresa Jekel was a 2001 Home o the Year Nomination for the Larimer County Early Childhood Council Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Care and Education.

Additional Information: Child care not allowed in basement; License capacity and exhibits include provider's own children
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Program and Licensing Details

  • License Number: 68478
  • Capacity: 9
  • Age Range: 0yr:0mo:-13yr:0mo
  • State Rating: 1
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: No
  • Type of Care: Full-Time, Part-Time
  • Transportation: Field Trips
  • Schools Served: POUDRE R-1 School Distric
  • Initial License Issue Date: Aug 03, 2006
  • Current License Issue Date: May 30, 2017
  • 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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Andrea & Russ Schumacher Jun 29, 2018
I have used this provider for more than 6 months

Theresa has cared for our now-5yo son since he was an infant. We cannot fully express in words how grateful we are to her for the excellent care she's given him over the years. As an infant, we knew he was in a safe and enriching environment with older children to look up to and inspire him. Now that he's one of the bigger kids, I'm continually amazed at the independence, creativity, and kindness she has helped cultivate in him (and his peers). We know our little guy is prepared for his journey into Kindergarten next fall, but are also just a little sad that his play-based education at Theresa's is nearing a close. We would highly recommend her to anyone looking for child care in a home environment.

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Mike & Kristen Coley Nov 18, 2014

Theresa provided exemplary care for our daughter for 5+ years. Her home is a warm, safe and welcoming environment that our daughter learned, made wonderful friends and thrived in. Our child holds dear the time she spent at Theresa's house and is always lobbying us to take her for a visit!

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Chris Mitchell Aug 23, 2014

Theresa is an excellent child care provider. We are grateful that our little one has been in such good hands. She sends us many pictures each week so we can see what the kiddos have been up to. This is a nice benefit that's appreciated.

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Alysce Christian May 15, 2014

We’re so blessed having Theresa as our daycare provider. She has truly become a part of our lives and someone my kiddo looks up too. We couldn’t ask for anyone better!

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Alison Mar 03, 2014

Theresa is fantastic. She loves the kids individually and is really focused on teaching them education and real world living tasks. Any child would be lucky to be in her care.

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