Frequently Asked Questions
The Village Development Center is a privately owned operation and a part of the Bradford Early Education, Ltd. family of schools. Bradford Early Education has been educating children for over 30 years. Each school operates with the principle that every child should receive the best education possible in a safe and nurturing environment with the opportunity to grow in spirit, heart and mind. We are proud to be recognized as the premier provider of early childhood education in our Denver metro area neighborhoods. The Bradford Early Education family spans multiple generations to include former students currently enrolling their children into our program and former students returning as teachers.
The safety and protection of your child is our number one priority at The Village Development Center. Our teachers are thoroughly screened prior to employment through our comprehensive hiring process which includes reference checks and a background check through the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and Central Registry. Our playgrounds have been designed to emphasize age-appropriate safe play. Other programs include safety and health education and children practice safety procedures on a regular basis. Finally, to add to your peace of mind, our security cameras and secured entry access system at our front door monitors traffic in and out of our center, along with the Raptor Visitor Management secure check-in and our coded family check-in system.
The Village Development Center has a written sign-in / sign-out log and password procedures. With a parent or guardian’s permission only, a child may be released to an alternate caregiver who presents two forms of identification (one must be a picture ID). Please call and speak to our Director for more details or questions on this procedure.
At The Village Development Center, our parents are always welcome to visit or call during the day. Our teachers are dedicated to keeping an open line of communication with parents. Daily notes are sent home to parents of children who are in diapers or potty-training and weekly notes are sent home to every family in our school. Your child’s teacher will describe all of the fun and educational activities they participated in, and additionally there will be information about upcoming events or items needed from home.
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We welcome family members and friends to visit throughout the day! We do ask if your child is between the ages 1-4 that you do not come during naptime hours. However, we encourage you to be a part of your child’s day for playground time, swimming lessons, lunch, or play time!
At The Village Development Center, we think the best academic preparation is to encourage your child’s enthusiasm for learning. Teachers who have a keen interest in your child’s success create lesson plans based on Bradford Early Education in-house B.E.E. Curriculum Guidelines. By providing individual attention in a small group setting, our teachers work to nurture each child’s confidence. Learning to ask questions, discovering cause and effect, negotiating fair play and making new friends are all academic building blocks.
Yes, we offer a delicious breakfast, a morning snack, a hot home-made lunch with fruits and veggies and milk, and an afternoon snack every day! These meals are included in your tuition rate. Menus are on a weekly rotation, and are always available at the front desk or in your child’s classroom.
At The Village Development Center, our playground is considered an extension of the classroom. In addition to running, jumping and climbing, teachers plan nature walks, picnics and other learning opportunities. Weather permitting, children play outside every day! In the summer, pre-school age children and up also are encouraged to use the in-ground swimming pool staffed by two licensed life guards for safety.
We believe children learn best when they are given the opportunity to play. Our selection of enrichment programs can broaden horizons and open up a new world of fun and learning!
You may choose the schedule that works best for you and your child. Children can come to The Village Development Center at the time of their choosing, though we do most of our curriculum integration between the hours of 9:00am and 12:00pm. In addition, we offer schedules for as few as two days, or as many as five days a week. During the summer months, Highlands Ranch Learning Center also offers a Summer Camp program for school-age children!