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Due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, it is with great disappointment that the Colorado College Education Department is canceling the summer LEAP program scheduled for June 2020.

We plan to offer LEAP during the summer of 2021 and hope that your child can join us then. In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy.

June 1 - 26, 2020
Monday - Friday

A four-week readiness skills program in June for students entering Kindergarten and Grade 1 in the fall. Children must be at least four years old by January 1, 2020 to participate.

2020 LEAP Early Childhood Program Flyer
2020 LEAP Early Childhood Program Flyer - Spanish

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Program Description

Is your child struggling to learn letter names and sounds, or showing very little interest in books and reading? Are you concerned he or she may not be ready to start school? Come LEAP into school readiness with us!

Summer 2020 is Colorado College's first year of offering this four-week readiness skills program for students entering kindergarten or first grade in August. The purpose of this program is to equip young children with certain fundamental skills to promote early literacy. In addition, we'd like to partner with parents and guardians to inform them of the importance of these skills and offer them tools to continue the learning throughout the summer and into their children's early school years.

Students will attend one hour-long session per day. Each day, students will participate in fun and engaging activities in the areas of phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, and fine and gross motor skills. Each Friday, we encourage parents/guardians to meet with teachers to discuss the week's activities, relevance, and how to incorporate similar activities into daily life at home. The program runs mornings for 4 weeks in June, Mon.-Fri.

The staff consists of local teachers experienced in literacy education, including graduates of Colorado College's Literacy Specialist Master of Arts in Teaching program. The pupil-to-teacher ratio is capped at 4:1 to encourage greater individualization and small group interaction.

LEAP Program Teachers

Start and End Times, Location

At the instructors' discretion, students will be assigned to a one hour session and grouped with other students with similar needs. The session times are as follows, Monday through Friday:

  • 8:00 - 9:00 am or
  • 9:30 - 10:30 am or
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 noon

Drop-off times will correspond to the class session placements:

  • 7:45 - 7:55 am or
  • 9:15 - 9:25 am or
  • 10:45 -10:55 am

Parent debrief and student pick-up times will also correspond to the child's class session time:

  • 9:00 - 9:15 am or
  • 10:30 - 10:45 am or
  • 12:00 - 12:15 pm

Classes take place at Palmer Hall, Colorado College (see Campus Map)

Application Instructions and Deadline

Early Application Deadline: March 16, 2020. After that date applications will continue to be accepted until classes are full.

Please fill out one application per child. Do not apply unless your child can attend the entire 4 week program. As part of the application process, the family and if applicable, the child's teacher, will be asked to complete a questionnaire regarding the child's learning needs. Children must be at least four years old by January 1, 2020 to participate.

Acceptance to the overall program will be confirmed after receipt of the questionnaire response(s). Once the questionnaire is completed, you will receive a link to schedule a 20-minute assessment for your child with a LEAP Program teacher on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Attendance on the assessment day is mandatory as it will facilitate your child's placement into the group most appropriate to their learning needs.

Students will be placed in small groups of up to four children with similar learning needs. The program director reserves the right to adjust class rosters as needed depending on enrollment levels.

Tuition, Financial Assistance, and Refund Policy


Tuition for the Colorado College LEAP Summer Program is $800, which includes a $25 non-refundable registration fee. 10% of your full-price tuition covers scholarships for kids in need of financial assistance.

Once your child's acceptance into the program is confirmed, an initial tuition payment in an amount of your choosing is due by May 1, unless you have requested scholarship assistance. The full tuition balance is due by June 1.

Financial Assistance

We are pleased to offer financial assistance to those learners in need. Our financial assistance is based on whether a child is receiving free or reduced lunch at school. Please note: You must provide evidence that your child is on free or reduced lunch. Evidence can be documentation from the school district, or a letter from the building principal. All information will remain confidential and any hardcopies will be shredded after the program is under way.

Refund Policy

If your child is not able to attend due to unforeseen circumstances, please submit your request before May 25 for a refund of tuition paid, less the $25 registration fee.

Mailing Address

Colorado College
Education Dept. / Attn: LEAP
14 E. Cache la Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Physical Address for bringing cash payments or other documentation in person

Mierow House
1107 N Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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Jen Hansen with kid Faith Dincler with kids

Last updated: 11/05/2020