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Summit County childcare daycare centers, preschools, sitters

Mountain Sitters, LLC

(970) 331-1763

Looking for a Sitter that's reliable, background-checked and CPR certified?  Mountain Sitters, LLC has proudly been in business since 1998, and serves all of Summit County and Vail Valley.  Mountain Sitters charges Cost is: $26 hr. Deposit is: $48. For Copper Mountain the cost is different: $28 hr. with a $52 deposit.
(add $1hr. for each additional child) with a four hour minimum.  Holidays are charged time & half.  If entire sitting amount is charged via credit card, a 10% handling fee will be added.  The Company takes a nonrefundable deposit which is applied to your total.
Deposit is: $48 for all towns in Summit.
Deposit is: $52 for all of Vail Valley and Copper Mountain.
Each professional Sitter has a long history of child care experience and brings a "fun Bag" with age appropriate activities to entertain your child.  With your permission, Sitters can take your children to various activities, ranging from outdoor hikes in the Summer and tubing or ice skating in the winter, to dinner, shopping, movies and much more.  Sitters' average age is 25, and each Sitter goes through an extensive interview process.  Upon request, Sitter references can be provided.  Mountain Sitters is fully licensed and insured and in "Good Standing" with the Department of State of Colorado. 

Mountain Sitters, LLC


Breckenridge Montessori

318 N. Main St., Breckenridge
(970) 547-7661

Breckenridge Montessori accommodates about 30 students. Organic and other healthy snacks and lunches are given to kids, and activities revolve around gardening and play. At least one of the instructors is bi-lingual. Students, ages 2 ? to 7, can attend the school full- or part-time.

The Montessori method involves showing, rather than telling, kids how to do things. Originator Maria Montessori believed that children establish their attitudes about learning predominantly from ages 2 to 6. The school places interesting-looking educational materials on low shelves so children can choose what they want to explore.

Carriage House Early Learning Center

890 Airport Road, Breckenridge
(970) 453-6423

Carriage House uses the Creative Curriculum approach, which is based on theories from prominent psychologists throughout history. It helps children learn social and learning skills. The basic belief is that children learn through play. Teachers take cues from children in developing problem-solving skills; the foundation of growth is child-directed activities. Carriage House strives to be a wonderful, warm place for kids to grow. Its slogan is, "We do what's best for kids."

Carriage House is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It accepts children 8 weeks old to 6 years old. The ratio of teachers to infants is 1:3, and 1:6 for preschoolers.

Keystone Children's Center

U.S. Highway 6, Keystone
(970) 496-4182

Keystone Resort offers a convenient way for parents to ski or snowboard without worrying about the kids.

Children 2 months to 6 years can hang out at the center, which fills the kids' days with activities and crafts. The River Run Center (by the gondola) includes a courtyard, where children can climb a large tree and play games.

The employees are trained and professional, and the center runs both in the summer and winter.

Daycare programs for ages 2 months to 6 years old include toys, games and crafts that are age appropriate. Kids must arrive by 10 a.m. A full-day program (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) is $100, while a half-day, from 9 a.m. to noon, is $80, including lunch. Snacks are also included, and there are places for the children to nap. In the winter, the price for a full day goes up $20. Private nannies, called the Nanny 1-on-1 program, are also available in the winter for $350 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The child stays at the daycare center and can play with the other children, but the nanny is there to give individual attention to the child.

Lake Dillon Preschool

200 Village Plaza, Dillon
(970) 468-1606

The preschool accommodates about 94 students, from ages 6 weeks to 6 years. The school is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

It started in 1990 as a parent cooperative, which means that parents volunteer at the school at least one hour per month. It's a nonprofit that focuses on a nurturing and safe approach to the development of the child's intellectual, emotional, physical and social development. It encourages sensory-rich experiences by exposing children to a variety of things. Like the Carriage House, it uses the nationally acclaimed Creative Curriculum approach, which is a play-based approach, in which teachers observe a child then come up with a plan to bring learning into everyday experiences. Its long-term goal involves teaching children self-awareness and confidence.

In August 2008, the school opened its new $115,000 playground, complete with bouncy landings, climbing bars, slides, a sandbox, a garden and better fencing to make the whole play experience safer.

Little Red Schoolhouse

0600 Reiling Road
Breckenridge (970) 453-6871

Little Red Schoolhouse is a Montessori-based preschool. Like other Montessori schools in Summit County, guides, or teachers, base their activities and lesson plans on the child's wants and needs. Teachers act as role models for respectful relationships; they also use sign language for children who don't yet talk. Little Red focuses on exposing children to the natural environment through outdoor activities and products made from natural materials, such as blocks made of wood. It strives to create a safe, nurturing environment that provides quality education to children. The nonprofit also acts as an educational resource for both parents and the community at large.

The school cares for children 2 months to 5 years old, and caters to about 150 kids. It is open Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Like other schools, its teacher-infant ratio is 1:3 (1:6 for preschoolers).

Rocky Mountain Montessori

371 LaBonte St., Dillon
(970) 468-7507

A Montessori school bases its education on the theories of Italian instructor Maria Montessori. The focus is on shaping the instruction around a child's level of development, rather than expecting the child to learn in a one-size-fits-all environment. Teachers use physical activities to help kids learn academics and other skills. They give feedback about children's skills, strengths and weaknesses and emphasizes the importance of moving around freely and choosing individual learning materials.

Rocky Mountain Montessori is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It has about 20 or less children at any given time (and is licensed for 30) and serves children ages 2 ? to 6 years. The school follows the public school calendar and holds summer camps.

Timberline Learning Center

Corner of Airport Road and Valley Brook Street, Breckenridge
(970) 453-9656

The Timberline Learning Center is the newest childcare facility in Summit County; it opened in August 2008. After Kinderhut closed down, the town knew it needed more childcare, so it built Timberline — and it built it with "green” principles in mind by installing photovoltaic panels, creating low-water landscaping, using recycled materials and quality insulation and windows and orienting the roof for maximum solar gain.

One of Timberline's missions is to acquaint kids with nature and the community. It believes teaching should address not only intellect, but also social, physical and emotional development. Teachers connect with each child, encouraging dialogue about their environment. They also take children to see local artists and enjoy all of the age-appropriate recreational activities Summit County has to offer.

Summit County Preschool

70 W. Main St., Frisco
(970) 668-5508

At Summit County Preschool, everything is based on play. Teachers load kids into a wagon and take them outside every day that they can. The school cares for children 8 weeks to 5 years old. Those that aren't in preschool get to play freely, while the curriculum for preschoolers revolves around developing motor skills, counting, ABCs, etc. in a playful mode. The school provides a relaxed, friendly atmosphere throughout the day.

The school accepts about 100 children and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Teacher-infant ratio is 1:3 and goes up incrementally with older children.


Resort Sitters, LLC

(970) 513-4445
Resort Sitters also provides sitters that have been screened and have CPR certification. It opened in 1998. The owners have worked at an orphanage in El Salvador and taught disadvantaged kids there. The nice thing about the company is that they give a percentage of their profits to charities that benefit children. They also offer pet care.

They aim to provide worry-free care from sitters that have extensive experience and treat each child as their own. If you want, they'll tell you exactly what experience your sitter has, as well as share background information and references.

Each sitter is equipped with games and activities to entertain kids. They also can take kids on nature walks and biking in the summer and sledding and ice skating in the winter. Indoor activities include going to the library, movies or recreational center. The majority of sitters are in their mid-20s and range from preschool teachers and ski instructors to nannies and lifeguards.

Price per hour is $20, and $1 per hour for an added child. A $32 deposit is required and is not refundable a week prior to the appointment. There is a four-hour minimum for sitting services. Credit card payments cost 5% extra, and holidays are 50% more (New Years Eve is double).

Summit Sitters Inc.

Breckenridge, (970) 453-7097

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