About the school

Hillside is a licensed preschool designed to nurture children’s cognitive, social, physical and emotional skills with a curriculum that capitalizes on their natural curiosity. Experienced, caring teachers create a safe learning space, promoting development through planned investigations and play-based activities. Our teacher-student ratio is 1:8.

Because preschool is perhaps the first time your child will be separated from you and familiar surroundings, we will help him or her develop appropriate ways of relating to new friends and other adults, to share, and to develop self control and responsibility in a safe, warm, loving environment.

We strive to maintain open communication between home and school, and parents are invited to visit the school at any time.

Playful learning

jungle gymWe are able to personalize the environment and teaching methods to meet the specific needs of each child. Teaching includes a variety of approaches to help support growth in all developmental and content areas.

Because children are naturally creative, we offer ample opportunities to expand their creativity through play, art and music. Playful learning also focuses on language development, number concepts and reading readiness.

Fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination are developed through finger plays, puzzles, manipulative toys and art activities. Sensory discrimination experiences are provided by comparing and contrasting colors, shapes and sizes.

Large muscles are developed through activities such as running, skipping, jumping and creative movement.

Teachers use assessments and classroom observations to help create an individual learning plan for your child.

Learning Programs used at Hillside

Learning Without Tears: A daily program used to improve literacy, math, and hand writing skills.

Culture of Wellness: A Program which promotes healthy food and nutrition, and good health and well being.

Incredible Years Dinosaur School: A program designed to help children improve their social and emotional Skills.

Community Resources and Associations:

  • PPLD Traveling Library which comes to our school regularly to encourage reading skills.
  • EMU Expanding Minds Unlimited. A traveling Children’s Museum which provides monthly science, social studies, and multicultural enrichment programs.

Preschool and Tuition Fees for 2019-20 School Year

Age requirement: Your child must be at least 3 years old on or before October 1st of current year.
Toilet training is required.

Classes run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The school provides a nutritious snack each day; lunch is provided by the parent.

Registration fee: A non-refundable fee of $75 is due at the time of registration.

On the right there is a map to the school, the required registration forms and the school-year calendar. Please provide a current copy of each child’s current Immunization record and statement of health, signed and dated by a health care professional within the last 12 months, by the first day of school.

Cost: Tuition is $350 per child per month, and there is a 20-percent sibling discount. All families are encouraged to apply for our sliding scale tuition assistance program.

Waiting list: As classes become full, we maintain wait lists and register students as space becomes available. There is no fee to be on a waiting list.

For information: Call 719-385-7900; email Terrie@diakoniapreschools.org

Hillside Flyer

Hillside 2019-20 Calendar


Closures and Delays

We follow Colorado Springs District 11 for closures and delays.

If D-11 is delayed or closed we will not have 1/2 day preschool (9:00 -12:30)

PLEASE click on the snowman below to find out about delays or closures.