Celebrating Childhood

Join the CDR Family
Join the CDR family

Scheduling & Tuition

We operate year-round, Monday – Thursday. Our school year session runs from early September through late May, and our summer session runs from June through mid-August.   Scheduling options are available for 2 or 4 days a week, either half day or full day. Tuition is a fixed monthly rate depending on the schedule that you are registered for.

Please refer to our Parent Handbook for current rates!


How To Register

At this time Children’s Discovery Ranch is accepting applications for our waitlist. Registration begins each year in March for currently enrolled families, followed by registration for new families in April. Enrollment is based on space availability and your placement on the waitlist.

Please note that we have many families already on the waitlist and enrollment is not guaranteed. At this time, families often wait a year or more before we are able to offer them a spot. That said, to be considered for future enrollment please complete the waitlist form.


Please complete our waitlist registration form.




You will receive immediate confirmation upon submission of the waitlist form.


If we are able to enroll your child for upcoming sessions, you will be contacted by May 15th.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long will we be on the waitlist before our child can start school with you?

A: We strive to provide spots to as many families as possible. We are required to follow our licensing ratios and capacity. At this time families often wait a year or longer.

Q: How will I be notified when a spot is available?

A:  If your contact information changes after you submit your responses on the waitlist form, please be sure to let us know. Otherwise, you will be notified by May 15th if we are able to enroll your child for upcoming sessions. If you are not notified, please know that you will remain on the waitlist for future sessions.

Q: What happens if my child attends a different school while waiting?

A: That’s great and will not effect your position on the waitlist.

Additional Resources

Preschool Milestones: Is your child meeting them?
Ensuring your child is meeting their early education milestones is extremely important. These milestones prepare them not just for their K-12 schooling but their entire life. The skills children learn in their early years sets them up for social, emotional, developmental and academic success.

We have put together our favorite resources to help your child reach those markers. Join our newsletter for more tools on how to give your child the Children’s Discovery Ranch experience at home.

State of Colorado: Preschool Standards
The state of Colorado has clear guidelines for development and learning for early childhood, considered to be from birth to 8 years old. You can find all of their resources here.
Conscious Discipline
The Conscious Discipline method is the social and emotional development philosophy used at CDR.  This method supports our early learners and helps them learn positive self regulation and resilliancy skillss. Please take a moment to find resources and learn more about Conscious Discipline here.
The Salida Regional Library
We may be a small mountain town, but Salida has an outstanding public library that offers not just reading material, but also activities for all ages. We love their Kids Crafts and Story Time events. You can view their full event’s calendar here to plan your next trip to the library!
Reading Materials for Parents

Just like children, adults are always learning as well. We highly recommend the following books for your personal development, after all, you are your childs number one teacher!

Janet Lansbury: Elevating Child Care
Tinkergarten offers membership based, at home, outdoor lessons that are easy to follow. This is a great option if you are looking for weekly at home activities your young explorer can participate in on days they are not at school. Learn more about Tinkergarten here.
We are particularly fond of Wonderment.art. Their approach and phylosoply mirror ours beautifully, and we are looking forward to growing our partnership with them. They offer art boxes and resourcs designed to provide insperation and learning for young students. Please check out their great resources and materials here.


After School programs


Years Established

Get In Touch

Location: 9104 W Hwy 50 Hutchinson Ranch Salida, CO

Telephone: (719) 207-3778

Email: childrensdiscoveryranch@gmail.com

School Hours: M-Th: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm