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About Helen Andresen

Helen has devoted over 50 years to the education of Colorado’s children. After teaching secondary science in Adams County she took ownership of Iliff Play School…and founded Iliff Preschool, Kindergarten, and School-Age Summer Camp. She is an advocate for Early Childhood Education as well as an educational trainer and business consultant. Her center is celebrating over 50 years of service to the SE Denver community. Helen’s interests center on advocating for professional development in Early Childhood Education. As past NECPA Commissioner for the State of Colorado, she promoted high quality programs by serving as a verifier and trainer for an independent accreditation program. As a Child Care Professional Field Counselor, she mentored educators who were seeking National training and credentialing. Her board experience includes Vice President of Professional Development, Past President, and Board Emeritus of the Early Childhood Association of Colorado. Her efforts at the State level have included work on the Child Care Licensing Review Task Force, the Governor’s Early Childhood Professional Standards Task Force, and the Office of Child Care Service Advisory Committee. She has presented management and marketing seminars at conferences and workshops, advocating for Early Childhood Education in legislation, and publishing articles in trade magazines and on the web. Her hobbies include traveling, scuba diving, and skiing. “Working hand in hand with families to ensure quality care and education for young children is the key to building a nation with the greatest future.”

Have Kids Changed?

“Kids have changed.” Over the last years we have heard this statement repeatedly from educators, parents, and the media. But have children really changed? In reality, it is society, parents, and schools that have changed. These changes have transformed the way our children play, interact, and learn. This has created issues beyond poor behavior. “The

Prevent Bullying

Bullying happens among people throughout their life span. As adult caregivers/educators, we cannot hear everything or be present to intervene in all that is said or done among groups or pairs of children in our care. I believe that the impulse to enjoy being mean to others in all its forms is innate to human

Individualized Programs in Preschool

Good programs in preschool should be individualized so that each child’s experiences match his or her developmental abilities. Developmentally appropriate programs emphasize the following: 1. Active exploration of the environment. 2. Self-directed, hands-on learning activities. 3. A balance between individual and group activities/active movement and quiet activities. 4. Positive and supportive interaction with teachers and

Help Your Child Play

Decades of research have demonstrated that play is more than just fun and games.  Through play, children learn to interact with others, develop language skills, recognize and solve problems, and discover their potential.  What can you do to help your child play? Reduce screen time. They may be bored at first…but you can make suggestions

Preschool vs. Daycare

I just received another call asking me if Iliff is a preschool or a day care. Why do we as a society try to separate early education and care? After all the best programs are all carefully designed to encourage children's cognitive, social/emotional, and physical development. Maybe part of the reason for the separation is

Kindergarten Art Walk

A big thanks to Christine and Maureen from the REACH OUT AND READ COLORAD team, reachoutandreadco.org, for helping us sort and count donations collected from our 4th annual First Friday Art Walk. With the help of the kindergarten class, we counted 728 books to be distributed to hundreds of distribution points including Denver Health Montebello,