First Step Preschool

First Step Preschool is a licensed, non-profit site. First Step Preschool is owned by the Black Forest Community Church (United Church of Christ) and has proudly served the Black Forest community (including Colorado Springs, Falcon, Peyton and Monument) for over 20 years. Our learning program is designed as a social, educational, recreational and Christian environment in which children can grow physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Teacher-directed and child-directed activities are provided each day, focusing on all areas of development. All of our learning materials and Montessori equipment are age-appropriate and arranged in the following areas: Sensory Development, Practical Life, Language, Mathematics, Science, Art, Music, Books, Blocks and Dramatic Play Area. We make sure that we cover all of the State Educational benchmarks for kindergarten readiness. .

Where are we located?

First Step Preschool is located southeast of the corner of Shoup Road and Black Forest Road. We are located downstairs of the building to the east of the old Log Church Building. Our address is: 6845 Shoup Road Black Forest, CO 80908

Important Dates

• Community registration begins February 1 for the 2017-2018 school year. • August 14th first day for MWF students • August 15th First day for TTh students

Some Basic Information

Liese Strupp

Liese Strupp

I have lived in the Black Forest for 13 years and am happy to be the director at First Step Preschool. My education background started at Calvin College where I received a BFA. My child development studies were at William Paterson University in N.J. For over 30 years I have enjoyed going to work because I play with children. My background in art and how children learn is a good combination. Looking at the whole child in how they fit into their families first and then the greater community and the world. Our school is a part of the community and a safe place for your children to learn to love learning and exploration. Our natural setting contributes to outdoor learning and projects that will reach beyond our classrooms.

Our Learning Environment

Our Learning Environment

Our learning environment provides developmental growth in concepts, cognitive, problem solving, fine and gross motor skills, self-help skills, whole language, alphabet/phonics, math, science, art, music and Spanish. In each area of development, we encourage hands-on creativity and self-expression, always giving freedom to explore, contemplate, imagine, initiate and become active in the learning process.