New Horizons Cooperative Preschool was founded by a group of parents in 1968 inresponse to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the goal to bring together families traditionally separated by ethnicity, class, race, and culture. For 43 years, New Horizons Cooperative Preschool has continued to operate as a collaborative effort of parents, teachers, and community members to foster diversity and to educate one another.
Our bilingual program began in 1990 to meet a growing need in our community. Half of our children are English speakers, half are Spanish speakers, and all educational activities are presented in both languages. We feel that the whole community benefits with this approach: Spanish speaking students progress in their English, and English speaking students learn key words and phrases while building a strong foundation in the cadence and sounds of Spanish.
We are located in the same North Boulder neighborhood since 1970, behind the Quaker meeting house. Our large tree shaded yard is a great place to play and learn – with play structures to boost gross motor skills, intimate areas for pretend play, chickens to interact with and care for, a garden to dig in, bikes for exercise, and sand to build.
At New Horizons, we embrace our opportunity to educate not just the children, but also their family and extended communities. Programs throughout the year support our families including bilingual workshops, a summer family literacy program, diversity workshops as part of Boulder’s community-wide celebration for Martin Luther King Day, tuition-free English and Spanish language classes for adults, our Learn and Earn computer program, direct assistance in kindergarten registration including the open-enrollment process, and parenting and child development workshops.