Welcome to the Children’s Garden Learning Preschool in Vail, CO

Welcome to the Children’s Garden Learning Preschool in Vail, CO

Welcome to the Children’s Garden Learning Preschool in Vail, CO

Welcome to the Children’s Garden Learning Preschool in Vail, CO

Child-Centered, Reggio Inspired

Fostering socially capable, creative, and engaged citizens who love learning.
Experiential Education | Social Learning | Community Engagement | Creative Expression.



Children’s Garden of Learning is a Reggio Emilia-inspired preschool in Vail, Colorado’s heart.  With almost 40 years of rich history in educating young children and a highly educated and qualified staff, CGL is one of Vail’s greatest assets.


Inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, Children’s Garden of Learning partners with children, families, and the Vail Valley community to provide an inquiry-based education for young learners. Teachers and children co-construct their learning experience through observation, intentional planning, creative environments, and active exploration of materials. We aim for all students to emerge as socially capable, creative citizens who love learning.

“We have had an incredible experience at CGL.  Not only does the child have a sense of place and pride in their school, so does the entire family in the greater community of administrators, teachers, and other families at CGL.  CGL supports the child in their own journey and place in development, and as such, both of our children (with very different personalities, strengths, and weaknesses) have thrived in the program. Our son was well prepared for Kindergarten and is welcomed back when he returns to CGL to pick up his younger sister. It’s adorable. CGL truly becomes an extension of the family.”  -Ana and Duncan Robinson

“I have lived and witnessed your program and I am grateful that my two boys attended the CGL for their preschool experience. It is a developmental appropriate, nurturing, exciting, and loving school. You address individual needs and support children along with their families. It is always amazing to walk in your doors, feel welcome, and see the ceiling to floor creations that address “readiness”, creativity, wonderful learning foundations, exploration, and thinking skills. Your program is necessary, appropriate, and appreciated!”

-As a parent/Kindergarten Teacher, Nancy Allen, Kindergarten Teacher, June Creek Elementary School

“Our toddler began attending CGL when he was just over a year and a half, and we truly cannot say enough good things. We will be sad to ever leave. Most importantly, our kid absolutely loves “school.” He gets to do fun activities, play outside, make messes, and see his friends. We love anxiously awaiting photo evidence of what our kid got into that day. His favorite people at school are his teachers, and I don’t blame him; they are wonderful, caring, patient, and supportive. All staff and admins are great about organization and communication. Thanks for taking amazing care of our wild kid.” Kaleesha Diefenderfer

Both of my children attended Children’s Garden of Learning and I can’t say enough good things about my family’s experience. Through Children’s Garden, my children have learned to ski, hiked on nature trails, rode the bus around town to playgrounds and so much more.  They have learned to be part of a community and to work together with their peers.  They developed a deep appreciation for nature and the mountain environment we live in.  The staff and teachers have helped my children thrive and grow.  I feel beyond lucky that my children got to attend the Children’s Garden of Learning. -Jessie Gill

“We have found kindergartners that come from CGL are well equipped to succeed in school. Through CGL’s Reggio Emilio inspired approach, the students are creative thinkers with have strong communication skills. Whenever we visit CGL, we are impressed by the level of connections between the dedicated teachers and the students. CGL does a wonderful job creating a safe environment that allows the young learner to take the necessary risks, socially, academically and emotionally, to grow and develop as lifelong learners.”

-Julie Schlossinger