PDO Office: 303-691-0346
2999 S. Colorado Blvd.
Denver, Colorado 80222
Meet Our New PDO Director!
We announce with great joy that Elizabeth Harper VanKooten has agreed to become the next Director of PDO.
A Denver native, Liz has spent most of her life living here in southeast Denver. Liz is a graduate of Colorado State University and has spent the past 5 years as a PDO teacher, building upon her extensive career as an early childhood educator.
Throughout the interview process Liz demonstrated a deep love of children, a desire to see them educated in a play-based environment, and a passion to form community among families and teachers. One of her references remarked about how Liz has a keen ability to take a birds-eye-view of a situation. As a director, this reference said, this will allow Liz to not only appropriately respond to a child’s needs, but the needs of a family and more.
We are thrilled at the vision Liz will cast as the PDO Director as we reopen this coming fall. If you have not yet registered, you can do so here. Classes are filling up quickly!
Parents Day Out: A Program for Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers
Parents Day Out (PDO) at Wellshire Presbyterian Church began over 30 years ago as an outreach program of the church to offer parents time to themselves while providing a positive, loving and interactive environment for one to five year olds. Throughout the past 30 years PDO has always offered best practices in early childhood education.
Our developmentally appropriate practice is about making sure children have fun so they will make progress every day and learn. While at PDO, toddlers and preschoolers enjoy a range of activities, including art, music, story time, and lots of varied free-play time.
The philosophy behind PDO
Wellshire’s Parents Day Out is a play-based program. Through meaningful play, age-appropriate materials, and interaction with a peer group and supportive teachers the children to grow in the domains of development and learning: physical, social, emotional, and cognitive.
Tuition and Fees
The 2021—2022 school year runs September 7, 2021 through May 27, 2022. Class is held Monday-Friday from 9:30 to 1:30. Every day of the week’s class meets 35 times during the school year. Tuition is paid one month in advance. October tuition is due on September 5, November tuition is due on October 5 , etc.
Individual student registration fee —$65
How the Program Works
Classes run from September through May, Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. Each day of the week attends 34 times during the school year.
PDO is located on site at Wellshire Presbyterian Church, and the program is licensed by the state of Colorado and follows the rules and regulations set by the Department of Human Services.
There is an Early Childhood Teacher in each classroom, as required by the state of Colorado. We are trained in CPR, first aid, and medication administration. We have very low teacher turnover rate. Many of our teachers have been here for five, 10 and even 20 years!
How to participate in PDO
Registration is a first come, first serve process. On the first day of registration, parents may come to Wellshire Presbyterian Church and visit the registration table. A completed registration form is required along with a check for the required fees. Specific dates and tuition amounts will be posted on this webpage as registration approaches for each program.
Wellshire PDO does not discriminate because of gender, religious beliefs, or ethnic designation. Cultural diversity is respected!