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2016 Family Favorites – Education

Decisions about early and primary education are often the toughest ones we’ll make as parents. Here’s a look at the services, schools and websites our readers trust most when it comes to instilling in their children a love and passion for learning.

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5 Educational Websites Colorado Parents Love

1. ABCMouse.com

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2. KhanAcademy.org

3. OceanFirstEducation.com

4. PBSKids.org

5. Starfall.com

Childcare Center – Multiple Locations

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Top Five

The Goddard School

Hope Montessori Academy

KinderCare

La Petite Academy

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Primrose Schools

The Winner

The Goddard School

Fifteen metro locations

1-800-GODDARD | goddardschool.com

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There’s a reason readers continually vote for The Goddard School — every Goddard childcare center offers child-inspired, teacher-led F.L.E.X. curriculum focused on developing seven learning domains. The renowned program supports cognitive and social development through fun activities; child-focused lessons are administered by talented, accredited teachers, and supplemented with unique enrichment offerings.

Childcare Center – Single Location

Top Five

Family Flex Early Education Center

The Goddard School in Lakewood

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Hope Montessori Academy Thornton

Mackintosh Academy

Platt Park Children’s Center

The Winner

Family Flex Early Education Center

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1005 Acoma St., Denver

303-571-1005 | familyflex.com

Located near the heart of downtown Denver, this early education center combines academics and convenience. They offer infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families flexible hours and pricing, along with nourishing meals and cutting-edge, age-appropriate curriculum administered by professional teachers. Play-based lessons and small class sizes – along with enrichment experiences – set students up for success.

Foreign Language School

Top Five

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Alliance Francaise de Denver

Bohua Chinese School

Denver Language School

Escuela Valdez

Global Village Academies

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The Winner

Bohua Chinese School

515 Greenbriar Blvd., Boulder

principal@bohua.org | bohua.org

Aimed at promoting traditional Chinese culture, Bohua has served children and adults in Boulder and nearby communities for 21 years, with Sunday classes in Chinese language, arts and culture. The organization’s Chinese Taught in Chinese program helps children of Chinese descent – including those adopted from China – maintain their heritage, whereas its Chinese Taught in English division caters to English-speaking students interested in learning Chinese.

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Preschool

Top Five

Clayton Early Learning

Denver Christian School

Family Flex Early Education Center

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The Goddard School

Platt Park Children’s Center

The Winner

Denver Christian School

3898 S. Teller St., Lakewood

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303-733-2421 | denverchristian.org

This nondenominational PreK-12 parochial school has over 100 churches represented in its student body. What unites its theologically diverse community is a commitment to excellence in academics that starts in preschool with standout teachers, integrated curriculum and a nurturing and inspired environment where students flourish.

Private School

Top Five

Colorado Academy

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Denver Christian School

Mackintosh Academy

Ricks Center for Gifted Children

Silver State Christian School

The Winner

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Denver Christian School

3898 S. Teller St., Lakewood

303-733-2421 | denverchristian.org

This PreK-12 parochial school boasts a theologically diverse body united by a strong commitment to academic excellence. Whether a student is tackling a tough math problem with the help of a supportive teacher or participating in an after school

club – anything from Legos or debate to competitive team sports – mediocrity is not an option and that’s evinced in the school’s standardized test scores, graduation rates and college admissions results.

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Special Needs Resource or Organization

Top Five*

Autism Society of Colorado

Child Find (Colorado Department of Education)

Developmental Pathways

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Highline Vision Center

Laradon

The Rise School of Denver

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The Winner

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Autism Society of Colorado

550 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Suite 100, Denver

720-214-0794 | autismcolorado.info

The folks at ASC work tirelessly to improve the lives of those with autism through a multifaceted approach involving education, advocacy and community building. Ongoing programming, such as the ABCs of Autism, is geared toward parents and providers, while larger events – Walk with Autism, Ride with Autism and the Hope Gala – engage the broader community.

Tutor or Academic Enrichment

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Top Five

Kumon Math and Reading Centers

Mathnasium

Peak Learning Solutions

Sylvan Learning Center of Denver

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Top Notch Tutoring

The Winner

Mathnasium

Ten metro locations

877-601-6284 | mathnasium.com

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The experienced tutors at Mathnasium help elementary, middle and high school aged kids make sense of math. They use a patented method that goes way beyond traditional tutoring to develop an actual understanding of concepts many kids struggle with.

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