Children’s Garden of Learning is a Reggio Emilia-inspired preschool located in the heart of Vail, Colorado.  With 25 years of rich history in educating young children and a highly educated and qualified staff, CGL is one of Vail’s greatest  assets.

Each year, we average 75 students ranging in age from 18 month olds to five years old.  Our two toddler rooms are limited to seven students each day to allow for increased individual attention in these busy, exciting growth years.  Toddler rooms serve children ages 18 months to three years old. Both of our preschool rooms are limited to 13-14 students each day, and staffed with two teachers per room. Our two preschool rooms serve students from age 3 to 5.


30 Years of  Early Education

Two well-known Vail preschools, the Learning Tree and the ABC School, were opened in 1986.  With a long history of providing wonderful preschool education for Vail’s children, these two schools merged and became the Children’s Garden of Learning in 2002.

At that time, CGL incorporated as a not-for-profit 501c3 and was temporarily housed at Red Sandstone Elementary in West Vail while its present home was being built.  CGL moved into its current location, 129 N. Frontage Road, in 2005.

CGL benefitted tremendously from 30 years of knowledge and experience passed down from those two schools and is thankful to the Town of Vail, Eagle County and all of the volunteers within the CGL community and up and down the valley, for making this a reality.


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. Our goal is for each student to emerge as socially capable, creative citizens who love learning.



Pillars of CGL

Stemming from and inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy of early childhood education, Children's Garden of Learning approaches its curriculum planning based on three things:


It is through play that children explore boundaries, ability, arenas of and stages leading to physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.


The foundation of our curriculum, the environment we create is critical to the success of learning at CGL.


Children’s themes, not the adult’s that we use as the basis of our planning. The teacher’s plans are a thoughtful introduction of materials to stimulate the emergence of these themes.