Where A Magical childhood comes to life
Nature-Rich Play Spaces, Epic Playgrounds, and
Dynamic Early Education in a Faith-based Setting
A Natural World That Makes A Magical Childhood Come To Life
Nature-Rich Play Spaces, Epic Playgrounds, and Dynamic Early Education in a Faith-based Setting
Thornton Childcare Center serving Infants - Kindergarten and Summer Camp Children
Est. in 1977
Our campus is a lot different than most…
A Child’s Touch Christian Preschool began in 1977 and is located on three lush acres with a variety of outdoor learning areas. The back area is over an acre and contains more than 15 playgrounds plus children’s museum type outbuildings for drama and role-play. There are nature outdoor classrooms for all age groups including infants and toddlers! There are more than enough playgrounds to challenge every age and lots of open space to run and move. We invite your child into a natural world of learning and wonder with room to grow and ever-changing play areas for all their years at ACT.
We Safeguard Your Child’s Health
15 Playgrounds and Multiple Large Outdoor Classrooms Make Nature An Essential Part Of Learning
Our nationally certified “Nature Explore Classrooms” are child-friendly landscapes that bring the elements of the beautiful Rocky Mountains into our own backyard. These creative spaces offer environments where children can safely explore waterfalls and ponds, play in an actual mud pit, build creations with tree limbs, climb a tree house, swing in a tire swing, use musical instruments outdoors, ride tricycles off road and into the cave, and take advantage of many water features including a custom 40-foot water trough for hands-on science discoveries and play.
State-of-the-Art Security Means Peace of Mind for You
Our facilities require fingerprint verification or bypass code for entry and are surrounded by 8-foot privacy fences. Additionally, forty-six security cameras monitor all areas of the property, including classrooms, hallways, playgrounds, parking lot, and main entrance. We take such all-encompassing security measures to keep your child safe. Parents deserve the reassurance that these precautionary measures bring.
Teachers That Truly Love Teaching
The love and commitment from our teaching team gives your child the stable foundation they need to learn and grow. We believe in education first and foremost, and in expressing God’s love to the children and families in our care, our co-workers, and everyone we meet. To top it off, most of our teachers hold Early Childhood Teacher certifications, along with college degrees.
Over Forty Years of Service to Colorado Families
From small beginnings in a mobile home park to our amazing three-acre property in which we currently reside, A Child’s Touch was established in 1977 by the Grillo family. We are now a cornerstone of the Christian community in Thornton, and our community of students and families is the foundation of our school. We are proud to serve the children – and even the grandchildren – of our former students.
Children Learn Better When They Spend Time Outside
Spectacular natural landscapes offer your child more than beautiful surroundings. The benefits of being outdoors in a stimulating environment increases a child’s focus, memory, mood, and concentration. Watch your child blossom as they become happier, healthier, more present, and clever.
Where God’s Love Is Exemplified through Acceptance and Kindness
We are a non-denominational Christ-centered school and ministry that is open to everyone. Our mission and purpose are based on core values such as faith, intention, individuality, excellence, passion, and preparedness. These core values inspire and inform how teachers interact with the children and with each other. Together, we are shaping children’s futures in a positive light with a solid sense of community and unconditional love.
Giving children The Tools They Need To Learn, Grow, and Succeed
ACT Academics© is an ever-evolving, hands-on, creative-based learning style that meets, and in some cases, exceeds Colorado State standards. Children hone academic, social and emotional, spiritual, and behavioral skills through:
Our Custom-Built, Child-Centered Indoor Spaces Designed For Discovery and Fun
Nestled in a residential area, our custom facility offers a variety of environments and experiences for all age groups. There are a number of indoor areas where children do not have to be confined to their classroom; they can explore other learning environments throughout our complex. Little ones can investigate in the toddler’s interactive hallway and get wiggles out in the gross motor room while older children explore and learn through the library, Ellee’s cave, the Computer Castle, the Music Room, and Kid’s Kitchen.
On-Site Children’s Museum for Next-Level Exploration & Discovery
Our on-site children’s museum is bursting with opportunities for dramatic play and hands-on fun and learning. Children cannot get enough of these large, separate, heated/cooled buildings in our backyard. These custom spaces allow children to engage in learning outside their classroom and provide additional opportunities for creative and imaginative play. These five major play areas include:
The Inventor’s House
Children learn cause and effect through interactive exhibits that make scientific principles fun and engaging. The creative displays focus on principles like gravity, electricity, air movement, magnets, and engineering. Children’s minds are challenged through interactive learning and discovery.
The General Store
Children are immersed in a grocery store environment where they role-play different jobs. Our shoppers learn math through making purchases and learn about making healthy food choices by stocking their baskets with a variety of fruits and vegetables. A section of the General Store boasts rotating themes such as Starbucks and Chic-fil-a to add to the fun, exciting atmosphere.
The Creation Station
The Bible is brought to life through thoughtful, custom interactive displays. Children are completely immersed in the story through role-play, costumes, props, and physical settings that specifically reflect Noah’s Ark, Jesus’ birth, and Jesus’ resurrection.
The Discovery Gym
A large, open space for gross-motor play, games, gymnastics, and special activities.
The Woodworking Barn
Provides an opportunity for age-appropriate children to use hand tools properly. These thoughtful, special projects instill a sense of responsibility, pride, and accomplishment by planning and executing projects.
Wholesome and delicious food, catered by a professional chef
We treat your child to a variety of healthy foods, ensuring they get the daily nutrition they need. The menu is planned by our in-house cook who prepares the daily breakfast and snacks. In addition, our lunches are catered by Mr. Gabe, a professional chef at K-Fusion. His lunches focus on healthy, fresh dishes that offer children a range of diverse meals to experience and enjoy!
To continue the promotion of healthy eating, children, starting at the toddler age, tend our school garden. From understanding where our fruits and vegetables come from, to watching a beautiful flower grow and bloom, there is no better way to learn about food and healthy eating than to just get out there and do it! Classes have their own garden plots that they plant, water, weed, maintain and watch grow throughout the summer months. It is fun, rewarding, and educational!
We Expand Your Child’s Creativity By Offering A “Lil’ Extra” with Specialty Classes
The children provide the imagination and curiosity and we provide the unique settings and experiences! These extracurricular activities are exciting, fun, and allow your child to find their passions and expand their talents and knowledge. Please click on any of the Ellee the Elephant Lil’ Extra’s tabs in order to learn more about the special classes offered to students at A Child’s Touch.
Our Special Classes Include:
We recognize that every child is different and Lil’ Carpenters gives each child a unique woodworking opportunity to explore, create, and express themselves through hands-on, exciting projects. A Child’s Touch is proud to offer a program that builds children’s self-confidence, builds their knowledge base, and builds special memories. We cannot wait to see what your Lil’ Carpenter will build!
*This Lil’ Extra Class is included in your child’s tuition but is specific to certain classrooms. This class is offered as early as Pre-K and extends into summer camp.
Your child learns about all the steps involved in creating a movie in fun engaging ways. They play roles, get in costume, and get in front of the green screen to film their blockbuster. A Child’s Touch is proud to offer the students this unforgettable experience and we cannot wait to see your Lil’ Actor on the big screen!
*This Lil’ Extra Class is included in your child’s tuition but is specific to certain classrooms. There is a nominal fee if you would like your own copy of the movie.
Your child will enjoy our active, engaging Lil’ Kickers Class that uses one of our largest playgrounds, the soccerfield. Your child will participate in enjoyable, and sometimes silly, activities, that establish introductory sports skills. Children will have a great time while they increase their gross motor abilities and learn new skills.
*This Lil’ Extra Class costs an additional nominal fee and is specific to certain classrooms. The class may be offered in-house or we may use an outside company to come in and perform the class.
Your child will enjoy a fun-filled, hands-on cooking and baking experience! Children will use our specially designed Kid’s Kitchen where they will learn new cooking skills, follow recipes, and create delicious food to eat and share. Just imagine your child asking if they can cook dinner for you one night soon!
*This Lil’ Extra Class costs an additional nominal fee and is specific to certain classrooms. The class is led by a professional chef.
Your child will learn rhythm, movement, coordination, and balance as they enjoy ballet or hip-hop classes. Children learn new dance skills and movements each week to show off a fully choregraphed song at the end of a session.
*This Lil’ Extra Class costs an additional nominal fee and is specific to certain classrooms. The class is led by an instructor with an impressive dance and teaching background.