Affiliations and Accreditations

Paddington Station Preschool is committed to partnering with other like-minded organizations to make a greater impact in our community. Click on an organization name below to learn more:

Denver Preschool Program
Paddington is listed on the Denver Preschool Program (DPP) website as a high-quality preschool option in the city and county of Denver. Although Paddington does serve children outside of Denver proper, those who live in Denver and are entering their PreK year (year before kindergarten) can sign up for DPP and receive tuition support. The amount of money granted to each child is based on financial documentation submitted by the family. DPP is unique in that all 4-year-olds will qualify for some funding, regardless of neighborhood or socio-economic status. The program was first approved by Denver voters in 2006 and was renewed in 2014. DPP also provides quality improvement grants for preschool providers. All licensed providers that agree to participate in the DPP quality-improvement system are eligible – for-profit, non-profit, public and private providers operating centers as well as family child care homes. As a further benefit, DPP funds resources and books for participating PreK classrooms. Paddington is not only a DPP school, but a huge supporter of the organization’s mission. We participate yearly in their preschool expo, we have been photographed by their marketing team for DPP promotional materials and our Head of School sits on the program committee for the organization. We are thrilled to be a part of a program that is raising awareness and communicating the importance of preschool as the foundation of a formal education. The more our children learn at 4, the better they read at 8, and the more self-sufficient and productive they are at 30.
Denver Preschool Program (DPP)
Boettcher Teacher Residency Program
For over a decade Paddington partnered with Stanley Teacher Prep and more than half of our faculty members are graduates of the program. In 2015, Stanley Teacher Prep united with the Boettcher Teacher Residency program which continues to recruit, prepare and sustain teachers who are joyful, lifelong learners. During a given school year, Paddington has one to two interns from the program. The interns work alongside mentors, who are lead Paddington teachers. The mentor models effective early childhood education and provides the intern with appropriate support throughout the year-long program. Interns learn to plan, implement and assess curriculum in a developmentally appropriate manner. They learn to teach by teaching. While the primary goal of teacher education is to educate and license new teachers for entry into an honorable profession, the paramount goal of all new teachers is to shape student learning. In 2016, Paddington became the lab school for the program’s ECE cohort. As a lab school, we share effective teaching practices with our own interns and interns who are placed in ECE classrooms at other schools across the city.
Boettcher Teacher Residency Program
Denver’s Early Childhood Council
As Denver’s early childhood hub, this council provides information, funding resources and ongoing training opportunities for child care and early learning professionals, helping them stay current on ever-changing requirements and new innovations in the field. Paddington faculty and staff members regularly attend training and conferences sponsored by the council and we also host council trainings and workshops in our building. Our Head of School attends monthly meetings for the organization and our Director of Advancement will present at the council’s 2016 Denver’s Early Learning & Health Institute (DELHI) which will focus on Cultivating the Next Generation of Early Childhood Leaders.
Denver’s Early Childhood Council
Qualistar Colorado
Qualistar Colorado advances quality, access and equity in early care and education so that all children are valued, healthy and thriving. Qualistar empowers educators with professional development opportunities; supports programs with assessments and capital improvement grants; and catalyzes change through advocacy and change. Paddington was thrilled and honored to be the featured school in Qualistar Colorado’s Annual Report in 2015. CLICK HERE to view the report and enjoy photos of Paddington classrooms as well as an article about the school on pages 12 and 13.
Qualistar Colorado
Colorado Shines
Colorado Shines is a free system for all licensed early learning programs. Colorado Shines works with programs to improve quality ratings; helps programs develop and implement a customized quality improvement plan that meets their needs and aligns with their educational philosophy; and helps implement the plan slowly or quickly, depending on each program’s needs. Paddington’s active participation in Colorado Shines demonstrates our strong commitment to quality. Paddington has been rated a 4 out of a possible 5 stars and we are working toward 5 stars in the next rating cycle. As part of a strong commitment to quality, and to Colorado Shines, Paddington’s Head of School sits on the Early Childhood Professional Credential Appeals and Evaluation Committee for the organization.
Colorado Shines
One Book 4 Colorado
This program distributes a selected book each spring to 4-year-olds in Colorado through Denver Preschool Program (DPP), Colorado public libraries, Reach Out and Read Colorado clinics and pediatrician’s offices. As a DPP school, Paddington receives books each year and also assists the organization in distributing the books in our surrounding area. Additionally, Paddington promotes the book selection, through an on-line voting process, among our community and via social media; attends the launch event each year; and was chosen to be a host school for a by a City Council members or a member of the Governor’s Cabinet reading during the 2016 event period. Our students thoroughly enjoyed listening to Jeff Ackermann, Director of the Colorado Energy Office, read Giraffes Can’t Dance!
One Book 4 Colorado
Thrive Autism Collaborative
Thrive Autism Collaborative is a group of private practice providers who consult together to create a multi-disciplinary team with a wide breadth of expertise, including behavior analysts, teachers, speech language pathologists, and occupational therapists. Paddington forged a relationship with Thrive in 2013 to support their efforts to assist a young child in building social relationships, increasing functional communication, and developing the foundations of learning through play, naturally occurring routines and age-appropriate activities.
Thrive Autism Collaborative
Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC)
PEBC works with teachers, schools and district superintendents throughout Colorado, and nationwide, to provide professional learning that cultivates highly effective K-12 educators to elevate student growth and achievement. Paddington team members regularly attend PEBC institutes for professional development opportunities, we were a Copper Sponsor of their annual luncheon fundraiser in 2016 and we have become a lab school under the PEBC umbrella as a part of the Stanley Teacher Prep program (see above).
Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC)
Denver Urban Matters (DenUM)
The mission of DenUM is to inspire hope as an advocate, educator and trusted provider of basic human and employment services to vulnerable people in greater Denver area. DenUM meets people in crisis in Basic Human Services, develops self-sufficiency through Employment Services, and strengthens the community through advocacy and fosters awareness and growth through Urban Education. Paddington partners with DenUM each November for a large-scale food drive that we call our ‘Wagon Train’. In 2015, we collected over 1,000 pounds of non-perishable goods and delivered them to DenUM delivery vans in the church parking lot across the street from our school. The students participate in a curriculum focus on helping others and enjoy transporting the food in wagons. Additionally, we partnered with DenUM for a toiletry drive in 2014 and on Red Nose Day in 2015.
Denver Urban Matters (DenUM)
Reach out and Read Colorado
Reach Out and Read Colorado gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. Reach Out and Read trains doctors and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and to give books to children at pediatric checkups from 6 months to 5 years of age with a special focus on children growing up in poverty. By building on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers, Reach Out and Read Colorado helps families and communities encourage early literacy skills so children enter school prepared for success. Paddington chose Reach out and Read as the non-profit partner for our Fall Festival in 2015. Leading up to, and on the day of, the festival we collected new and gently-used books to donate to the organization to help further their mission.
Reach out and Read Colorado
Beyond Consequences Institute (BCI)
The Mission of BCI is to provide every child and student the opportunity to be parented and taught out of love, ending the myth that children can only
respond, learn, and bond through fear-based techniques. In the fall of 2016, Paddington will offer a five session (7.5 hours) seminar series for parents entitled, Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control The seminar is designed to help families experience the peace we all desire in our homes. It will be facilitated by Paddington Station Preschool teacher, Barbara Cotton, M.A. Ed.
Beyond Consequences Institute (BCI)
Bean Machine Mobile Coffee Truck
Erika Hildner combined two things she truly loves to create her Bean Machine business: Volkswagen vans and great coffee! She shares both with the Paddington community on most Friday mornings in the fall and the spring. Erika is committed to contributing positively to her community; first, by using only the best local products, and second, by being as sustainable and responsible as possible. And, the Paddington community enjoys supporting the Bean Machine and sipping a great cup of coffee while catching up with friends after drop-off on Fridays!
Bean Machine Mobile Coffee Truck
The Bookies Bookstore
The Bookies is an independent bookstore in Denver with a 35-year history. At The Bookies you will always find a friendly, knowledgeable staff and books for virtually everyone’s taste and interests. The Bookies has a great selection of educational and teacher materials from preschool to high school. Paddington has enjoyed a long-time partnership with The Bookies to promote a life-long love of reading.
The Bookies Bookstore
Cherry Creek Arts Festival (CCAF)
The Cherry Creek Arts Festival (CCAF) weekend event is a world‐class and award‐winning celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts, and enjoys an attendance of 350,000 visitors over the course of the three‐day event. The CCAF’s year-round 501c3 non-profit mission is to provide access to art experiences and to support education. Paddington has enjoyed two summers participating as a non-profit booth in the ‘Creation Station’ at the CCAF and we look forward to participating in the future. The Creation Station is a popular art ‘playground’ area tailored to younger children. It features numerous, diverse and creative art activities designed to engage the mind and the whole family!
Cherry Creek Arts Festival (CCAF)
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance (CPRD) is a multifaceted arts institution springing from its grassroots Model Cities initiative origins in 1970. In four decades, CPRD has developed into an internationally esteemed organization that operates beyond the traditional performing arts model and they have extensive education programs to infuse the arts into schools to help ignite the learning process. As part of our commitment to bring multi-cultural experiences into our play-based learning curriculum, Paddington has enjoyed bringing the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Education Team into the Big Room for all-school assemblies to feature their interactive program of dance.
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
ColoradoGives.org
ColoradoGives.org is a year-round, online giving website featuring more than 1,800 Colorado nonprofit organizations. Made possible by Community First Foundation since 2007, ColoradoGives.org encourages charitable giving by providing comprehensive, objective and up-to-date information about Colorado nonprofits and an easy way to support them online. Paddington has partnered with ColoradoGives.org to utilize their online giving tool on Colorado Gives Day (an annual statewide movement each December since 2010 to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving) and for giving online to our annual fund campaign throughout each fiscal year.
ColoradoGives.org
Denver District 2 Police Department
We partner with our local police department to uphold our top commitment to keeping children safe. Our police officers know our building and our emergency response procedures. Officers from the department train and ensure that our crossing guard understands and uses proper signals with cars during the busy drop-off and pick-up times. They also help us with our annual Wagon Train food drive. And, of course, we bake cookies for them a few times each year!
Denver District 2 Police Department
Denver Fire Station #14
We partner with our local fire department for our annual Wagon Train food drive. Each November, we collect non-perishable food items in the foyer at school for one week leading up to our Wagon Train event. On the two Wagon Train days, the fire fighters from Station #14 bring a big fire truck to the intersection of 13th and Quebec and block off the street so our students can load the wagons with the food items and pull them safely to the parking lot across the street for the waiting DenUM delivery vans (see above). In addition to keeping us safe on the street, the fire fighters also love to help us load the wagons!
Denver Fire Station #14
Denver Public Library
The Denver Public Library connects people with information, ideas and experiences to provide enjoyment, enrich lives and strengthen our community. Paddington enjoys sending the ‘class librarians’ (parent volunteers) to the public library at the start of a new thematic unit to find an abundance of books on the subject. Additionally, we invite the DPL book mobile Reader Rocket 1 to park at our fall festival each year.
Denver Public Library
Heart Smart Colorado
Heart Smart, Inc. specializes in developing custom training programs that are relevant to the needs of the community. They collaborate with local community partners to spread their message on the value of being properly prepared and trained to save lives. Over the last 20+ years, Heart Smart, Inc. has developed a number of curriculum based trainings for both youth and adults, and has championed initiatives that literally save lives. All Paddington teachers, office staff, Age-Level Coordinators and Head of School are trained in: Pediatric CPR, Pediatric First Aid, Universal Precautions, Medical Administration, Common Chronic Conditions and Allergy Information. These trainings are conducted annually by Heart Smart, Inc. in conjunction with our school nurse who is contracted through Children’s Hospital Colorado School Health Program.
Heart Smart Colorado
LittleFreeLibrary.org
The mission of LittleFreeLibrary.org is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations. Paddington built a Little Free Library in 2013 to share the love of literature with all our Paddington students and the community around us. Our little library ‘box’ is a replica of our historic 1891 red brick school house and is a favorite stopping point during school drop-off and pick-up every day!
LittleFreeLibrary.org
The Montclarion Newsletter
The Historic Montclair Community Association, Inc. (HMCAI) is the oldest neighborhood association in Denver having been formed in 1907. This not-for-profit corporation is dedicated to innovative educational, civic and social activities. Paddington Station falls within HMCAI’s boundaries which are Quebec, Holly, Colfax and 6th Avenue. Through The Montclarion newsletter (published quarterly) the neighborhood is kept informed about important activities, zoning issues, meetings, elections and projects. Additionally, schools in the area are able to submit an article of interest for each issue. Paddington has been featured since the 4th quarter of 2014.
The Montclarion Newsletter
Nanna’s School Lunches and Snacks
Nanna’s delivers 4th-generation recipes and tea service with tender loving care. Founded in 2009, Karen Renz and her daughter Tobie expanded their online tea shoppe into a retail location and quickly grew it into a popular hangout for the neighborhood. It has now evolved into a tea room that serves cups of tea, scones bangers and mash, crumpets and more. Nanna’s gives back to the community with special events and requests that people only pay what they can. Paddington Station is proud to partner with our neighbor Nanna’s for our school lunch and snack program.
Nanna’s School Lunches and Snacks
Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT)
Teachers spend an average of $500 of their own money every year on classroom materials. RAFT gathers unwanted items from local businesses and upcycles them into interesting and unique learning activities. RAFT’s amazing community collaborations benefit both educators and the environment. In 2015, RAFT diverted almost 30,000 cubic feet of waste from landfills in Colorado. Each year, hundreds of volunteers provide thousands of hours of time sorting these materials and packaging them into engaging activity kits. Additionally, RAFT offers personal coaching, practical workshops, inspiring institutes, and interactive events. These professional learning experiences are designed to help teachers unlock the magic of everyday materials to provide kids with hands-on learning opportunities that are fun, engaging, and academically rigorous. In August of 2016, the entire Paddington will participate in a workshop at RAFT called The Power of Story as part of the team-building and preparation for the 2016-2017 school year.
Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT)
Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Council
The Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Council (RMECC) is a coalition of community members and agencies working together to create a high quality, comprehensive early childhood system to benefit all young children and families. The RMECC mission is to promote and support a system of quality, accessibility, and affordability of early childhood for families in the rural resort region. Members of the Paddington team attend this organization’s yearly conference and several Paddington teachers will submit proposals to be presenters at the 2016 conference.
Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Council
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
St. Luke’s is our across-the-street neighbor! Although we are not a religiously-affiliated school, we partner with St. Luke’s for our annual Wagon Train food drive and we also use the St. Luke’s parking lot on school days. We are thankful to have a safe place for families to park their cars during our busy drop-off and pick-up times.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
TerraCycle
Terracycle is an international upcycling and recycling company that collects difficult-to-recycle packaging and products and repurposes them into affordable, innovative products. Paddington is a very active TerraCycle collection site. In fact, in February (through April) 2015 TerraCycle challenged participants to gather and recycle as many squeezable fruit and vegetable snack pouches as possible. The Paddington community collected so many, that we were among the top 20 collectors in the WORLD during that time period! Wow!
TerraCycle
WeeCycle
WeeCycle’s mission is to help low income families with infants and toddlers in the Denver metro area by providing them with new and gently used baby gear free of charge. They acquire the gear through the charitable donations of individuals and businesses and distribute it through local community organizations that are already serving families with infants and toddlers affected by poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, teen pregnancy and under-employment. Paddington chose WeeCycle as the non-profit partner for our Fall Festival in 2014. Leading up to, and on the day of, the festival we collected new and gently-used baby gear to donate to the organization to help further their mission.
WeeCycle