Iliff’s 5 tenets of Whole Child Development


Iliff students are actively engaged in learning and it is connected to the school and broader community. Our teacher facilitated play based curriculum embeds inquiry-based, experiential tasks and activities to help all of our children deepen their understanding of what they are learning and why they are learning.


Iliff students learn in an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults. Our physical, emotional, academic and social school climate is safe, friendly, and student-centered.   Our curriculum teaches, models and provides opportunities for children to practice social-emotional skills including effective listening, conflict resolution, problem solving, self- regulation and personal reflection and responsibility.


Our facilities, environment and culture supports and reinforces the health and well-being of each child through


Iliff students are supported by qualified, caring adults to help them to develop to their full potential. Our school welcomes and includes all families as partners in their children’s education to encourage each student’s academic and personal growth.


Iliff students have access to a comprehensive curriculum that develops the whole child.  Our curriculum and instruction provide opportunities for students to develop critical-thinking and reasoning skills, and problem-solving competencies.

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1609, 2015

Individualized Programs in Preschool

By |September 16th, 2015|Categories: Child Care|Comments Off on 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 […]

1407, 2015

Help Your Child Play

By |July 14th, 2015|Categories: Child Care|Comments Off on 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 […]

1806, 2015

Help Your Child Become A Problem Solver

By |June 18th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Help Your Child Become A Problem Solver

Preschoolers who can solve their own problems feel confident and enjoy learning. They are willing to make mistakes and learn from them. You can help by:

Pointing out that it takes time to learn something new. […]

2905, 2015

Preschool vs. Daycare

By |May 29th, 2015|Categories: Child Care|Comments Off on 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 […]

605, 2015

Kindergarten Art Walk

By |May 6th, 2015|Categories: Kindergarten|Comments Off on Kindergarten Art Walk

A big thanks to Christine and Maureen from the REACH OUT AND READ COLORAD team,, for helping us sort and count donations collected from our 4th annual First Friday Art Walk. With the help […]

505, 2015

Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood

By |May 5th, 2015|Categories: Child Care|Comments Off on Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood

“Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.” Friedrich Froebel

Over 175 years ago, Froebel asserted that children learn best […]