Jeffco Early Childhood Education Schools

Denver, Colorado


Connecting through experience of place.

As part of the 2004 Jefferson County bond election, three preschools were planned to replace aging facilities and improve student safety.


Ever curious. Ever learning. Ever improving.

RTA designed an early childhood education (ECE) prototype to meet the district’s plans and implemented it in several parts of Colorado. The John & Karen Litz Preschool in Wheatridge and the Norma Anderson Preschool in Golden were both completed in 2007. The Florence Irwin Preschool in Lakewood was completed a few years later in 2009.


Purposeful, engaging solutions.

The preschool prototype includes a classroom wing for grades 4 through 6 that can easily accommodate future additions, an entry lobby that splits the educational and administration areas, a multi-purpose room, and an outdoor play area. The outdoor play area includes a winding tricycle track and a covered storage area.

RTA-designed playful massing and the materiality of the forms inspire curiosity and imagination while providing clear circulation between the educational and outdoor spaces. High, open structure ceilings allow for ample natural light and a continuous connection to the outdoors.

Project Details

  • Square footage: 10,700 sf
  • Project cost: $1.66M

Design Details

  • Daylighting
  • Continuous connection to the outdoors
  • Accommodation for future expansion
  • New outdoor play area with tricycle track