Information for New Families



Parents must complete an application packet (PDF), including a Health Professional Assessment, signed by a physician, stating that the child is able to participate in a child care program and have current immunizations.

Children are enrolled depending on space availability and must be able to benefit from participation in a group setting.

During the first six weeks of attendance, the teacher, therapists and educational coordinator will complete curriculum-based and standardized assessments for children with developmental delays. Following the assessments, an Individual Intervention Plan (IIP) meeting will be held with the parent(s) to review the assessments and write goals and objectives.

Students are admitted regardless of race, color, and national or ethnic origin.


Classrooms and teachers

Rise has four classrooms, each with a capacity between 8-12 children. We offer both full-time and part-time schedules for typically-developing children. Children with disabilities are expected to attend full-time to maximize their therapeutic and educational opportunities. We strive for a 50/50 ratio of typically-developing children and children with disabilities in each class. Children are enrolled in classes based on chronological age and developmental appropriateness. Each classroom has a Lead Teacher and two Teaching  Assistants. We strive to maintain a student/teacher ratio of 3:1. Every Lead Teacher has earned a Master’s degree, or is enrolled in a graduate program to earn a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education.

During a typical day, each child follows a schedule that includes individual activities; group activities; gross motor play, both indoor and outdoor; therapy (speech, PT OT, or music); story time; lunch; and rest time. Due to the range of abilities in any given class, education is individualized to meet each child’s needs, within a weekly or biweekly theme.

The Rise School of Denver is licensed by the Child Care Division of the State of Colorado.