A lasting love for learning

Kids Moving Towards Success in their future academic career

Kid in a garden at a preschool & Daycare Childcare Center serving Thornton, CO

A lasting love for learning

Kids Moving Towards Success in their future academic career

kindergarten | 5-6 years | Serving Thornton, CO

happy boy and girl holding big cucumbers at a Preschool & Daycare Serving Thornton, CO

An Incredible Foundation for Learning that Lasts a Lifetime

Kindergarten is meant to be a time of exploration, discovery, and learning within a comfortable, dynamic, loving, and positive environment. Our program allows the students this last foundational year to learn through doing, through adventure, and the children come out testing high in so many areas but they have fun doing it. We know it is important to parents to give their child the best opportunity to succeed academically and our program makes high-achieving academics what they should be-fun!

Reading for Success

Our highly emphasized phonics-based reading program makes learning fun! A majority of our children come out of the class reading at a first to second grade level, but much more importantly, they emerge with a love of reading that can last a lifetime.

Spanish Immersion Program

It is so important to learn Spanish in Kindergarten! Children have a window opportunity to become familiar with Spanish before they realize they are learning a new language. If they get this familiarity before 6 or 7, children can rapidly accelerate their language knowledge even years later. We use Spanish Champs Curriculum to immerse the children in the language. Spanish words and phrases are built into the classroom and activities as well as a weekly 45-minute formal Spanish Class where they will spend two weeks learning specific words and phrases with age-appropriate scope and sequence. Learning a second language has been shown to improve math abilities as well as reading, vocabulary, and comprehension in English.

A Long-Standing Part Of
Thornton’s Christian Community

Over the last forty years, founders Michael and Deborah Grillo have built more than a school; they also built a family. Many former students enroll their children in our program because they know their children will receive an exceptional level of care and education.

happy children outside at a Preschool & Daycare Serving Thornton, CO

Jesus Is At The Heart Of All Of Our Teachings

In our classrooms, every day, Bible stories come to life through song, poetry, art, and dramatic play. The children also participate in daily devotions in the morning and at mealtimes, where students can offer to lead the prayers if they wish. We want the children to leave our school knowing they are uniquely created and loved by God no matter what.

Preparing Your Child With Literacy, Language, Math, and Science

Our ACT Academics program sees parent’s delight when their children come home excited about their day of learning. Children love the unique approach to foundational academics and the process of learning is a joy. STEAM is celebrated as our Kindergarten world focuses on exploration where children make their own discoveries, hypothesize while learning about the world around them, connect the dots, problem solve, think creatively, and innovate. Our children leave our Kindergarten program having conducted their own experiments, they know how to add and subtract through a variety of approaches, problem solve, and use teamwork, critical thinking and adaption to drive their individual learning.

All The Life Skills Your Child Needs To Succeed

Kindergarten children need basic self-help skills and are ready to learn more abstract concepts and self -management skills now. Through classroom activities, group discussion, and dramatic play, your child will learn about:

Learning Happens Everywhere With Our Expansive School

While our students can think of their classroom as “home,” they are also welcome to learn in the myriad other exciting spaces at our school. Our Nature Outdoor Classrooms, gardens, themed interest area buildings, Ocean and Dinosaur and Insect Cabins, Computer Castle, Library, Kid’s Kitchen, the Discovery Gym, and Music Room allow for so many opportunities to learn academic concepts in fun, meaningful ways.

Kids Can Let Loose And Learn Through Exploration Play Environments

Our environment at ACT is something special and that translates into the classroom. Kindergarten students learn about the world around them through special units of study throughout the year. The classroom decorations and center spaces transform for each unit to make learning fun, exciting, and hands-on! Kindergarten units include Health and Safety, Art, Winter, Space, Geography, Ocean, and Dinosaur.

Lil' Extras For Kindergarten kids

Lil’ Extras Workshops allow our Kindergarten kids to focus their learning energy on one subject to get an in-depth understanding and appreciation for that activity. Lil’ Actors and Lil’ Carpenters are included with tuition and the additional workshops are held for a nominal fee; Lil’ Extras include:

Lil' Chefs

For each session, Lil’ Chefs will head over to the separate Kid’s Kitchen each week to follow a recipe, learn simple cooking techniques, and sample their creations

Lil’ Kickers

Students use our large soccerfield and vast concrete play space to learn basic sports concepts by playing fun and silly games with their friends that teach foundational skills.

Lil’ Actors

A very special kindergarten project, Lil’ Actors star in their own movie using 2 studios and a green screen. The movie premier is a red carpet event with you and your child as special guests.

Lil’ Carpenters

Exclusive to kindergarten kids, the children learn how to safely use woodworking tools to make their own creations. With exciting projects such as building cars, walking sticks, and even special Christmas presents, students are proud of their accomplishments and newly acquired skills.

Lil’ Dancers

Kids learn how to move their bodies to a beat! Whether it is ballet or hip-hop, each session brings learning and up-beat fun. Sessions culminate in a special dance class send-off that allows kids to show off fancy new moves and celebrate all their hard work.

Learning In The World Outside Of The Classroom

Our ever-changing themes in learning happen off-site too. Children hop onto our 65-passenger school bus with seat belts to watch concepts come to life during our many field trips, for example:

Additional Program Benefits

Cap and Gown Graduation Ceremony

The founders built more than a school; they also built a family. Several generations have been through our iconic Cap and Gown Graduation Ceremony because each generation knows that their child will receive an exceptional level of care and education. We want Kindergarten to be a time of wonder that inspires and encourages children as they acquire new information and skills. This year of dynamic learning culminates with a graduation celebration like no other. From the entire school cheering on the students for the school’s graduation parade, to going Thrive Church for the renowned ceremony, families will leave knowing they were a part of something special.

Loving, Supportive, And Dedicated Teachers Foster Confidence

Our teachers foster self-confidence in your child while giving them the academic, emotional, and spiritual skills needed for the First Grade. Our qualified, loving teachers are responsive to each child’s needs and learning styles and work hard to help them succeed and meet their personal goals and milestones.

parent reviews

Simply put, there is no comparison to what A Child’s Touch (ACT) provides for my two children. The love, support and dedication of the teachers and staff is unparalleled. The learning environment provides fun play, structured education and lots of hands on learning that keep my children stimulated all day! That’s why making the 45 minute drive each day to and from ACT, is worth every second! I can’t imagine my children thriving at any other center as much as they do at ACT. It was a true blessing when we entered ACT four years ago and I feel so privileged and honored for our family to be part of the ACT family!


A Child’s Touch is a phenomenal preschool and educational facility. Their dedicated staff and excellent teachers are committed, engaged and patient. Our children have excelled at ACT and love to go to school everyday. Jackson is reading above grade level as a first grader, and Gabbie and Emma sing a multitude of songs that give thanks to the Lord for all they have. Jackson describes ACT as “fun and encourages creativity.” Despite the daily drive on I-25 from Erie to Thornton, it is worth every minute of it, because our children reap the benefits. There are other facilities and day care centers closer to home, but none compare to ACT. We are blessed to entrust such fabulous people with the care of our children when we cannot be with them. We don’t believe our children would be as well cared for and enjoy their time away from us at any other facility. We highly recommend A Child’s Touch!

Rich & Amanda

Words cannot express our gratitude for the loving care you have provided both of our children over the past 6 years. Choosing a school for our children to grow up in was a huge and scary decision, and we are so very happy that we obviously made the correct decision to come to A Child’s Touch. There has never been a day that we were not confident when we dropped off our girls in your care that they would come out with anything but positive experiences. The trust that we put in your school and the care and love that you put into our children's lives cannot be described in words. We can only say that everyone at A Child's Touch deserves more credit and thanks than we can express and that you truly have such an exceptional school and staff. Thank you so much for blessing our children with love, respect, guidance and wisdom and teaching them how to make good decisions and to share in the love of God. We are going to miss all of you!!

Tim, Jen, Kira, Kelsey K.

We've been taking our children there for just over 6 years now and am still amazed at all that they do for the kids. My son started in the toddler room and went there through kindergarten and my daughter started as an infant (3-months) and is still currently there in the pre-K classroom. We will have her go through kindergarten as their program is PHENOMENAL.  From the beginning, I was very impressed with the infant room as I loved the care that each and every woman provided for my daughter when she was a baby. It was always extremely clean and really liked how they put thought into installing in floor heating so the babies would never be cold. I never had a concern about the patience, care and experience by the teachers in the room. As the children get a bit older (1 and 2), I really liked the philosophy of the playtime (both inside and outside). I didn't realize how important it was to separate out the play areas so that the younger kiddos could still have their own' play area and not worry about getting trampled... and vice versa. Potty training... a challenging stage in life... both our kids were always treated with such patience through that stage which, attributed to their success. The education that the kids receive as well at each age is so carefully planned out and our children just thrived (and continue to thrive) in their learning environment.


I have twin boys that have attended the ACT program since they were in Pre-K. We had planned on going to public school for kindergarten, but after seeing the strides they were making compared to their peers, we decided to attend the Kindergarten offered by ACT, and I'm glad we did! They are now reading and writing at an impressive level, and the passion and devotion of the teachers are second to none. We also enjoy the activities and programs as do our boys and other family members. ACT has given us great memories and given our boys a real foothold on schooling and a head start to their journey ahead, and for this, I am very thankful!

Chad H.

We have been very pleased with the social and academic growth that our son has made while at A Child's Touch. He entered Kindergarten with reading and math skills and the teachers worked with him to quickly move him to books that were geared towards his reading level rather than have him go along with the class. He was also given a chance to improve his math skills once he completed the current lesson. They encouraged him to become social with his peers and come out of his shell with various fun and education projects. A Child's Touch is constantly planning lessons and activities to stimulate his intellect, his moral compass and his social skills. The lessons and activities also encourage a love of learning that is hard to find anywhere else. The all day structure makes working easier knowing that there is no transfer to another location for the afternoon and the care is excellent and educational.


I just want to say THANK YOU to you, your family, & the entire staff at “A Child’s Touch” for the excellent beginning you gave my granddaughter, Madison in Religion, Safety, Art, Reading, Spelling, Arithmetic, Science, Ocean Life, & the Dinosaurs. She loved going to school there & you kept a very safe environment for her to learn & play in. The Passion Play that you orchestrated with the children was, I know, a great deal of work for the teachers, however, it will be a very special remembrance for the children & for all of us who will remind our children from time to time, of what Jesus did for us.


My first impressions sold me on A Child's Touch. The staff alone is what sets ACT apart from other daycare centers and providers. I couldn't find any other center that has staff with the length of employment as do the employees at A Child's Touch. As well, ACT is a safe, secure environment with a solid, developmentally appropriate curriculum that is supported by their facilities. Within months of having my child at ACT, I have fallen in love and can proudly define for you why it is truly an exceptional daycare center. Again, the staff at ACT is what sets them apart from good daycare. The staff brings a wealth of experience, a deep knowledge of child development and history of serving children and the community. We have truly partnered through such milestones as baby food, bottle weaning, transitioning to a new room and other things as they come up. I am supported along the way as if by own sisters or mother. Not only is my child in great hands, so is my family.

Karen Z.