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Woody Creek Kids

Building strong community through empowered individuals

About us:

Woody Creek Kids is an inclusive, enriching and relevant school for all the members that form a

part of our community. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy of education, we honor each individual because we understand that there is strength and

value in diversity. We provide a nurturing environment that  fosters relationships

between children, teachers, families and our environment. 

The Hundred Languages of Children

The child

is made of one hundred.

The child has

a hundred languages

a hundred hands

a hundred thoughts

a hundred ways of thinking

of playing, of speaking.

A hundred, always a hundred

ways of listening

of marveling, of loving

a hundred joys

for singing and understanding

a hundred worlds

to discover

a hundred worlds

to invent 

a hundred worlds

to dream.

The child has

a hundred languages

(and a hundred hundred hundred more)

but they steal ninety-nine.

The school and the culture

separate the head from the body.

They tell the child

to think without hands

to do without head

to listen and not to speak

to understand without joy

to love and to marvel

only at Easter and Christmas.

They tell the child

to discover the world already there

and of the hundred

they steal ninety-nine.

They tell the child

that work and play

reality and fantasy

science and imagination

sky and earth

reason and dream

are things

that do not belong together.

And thus they tell the child

that the hundred is not there.

The child says:

No way – The hundred is there.

Loris Malaguzzi 



An exploration of "All About Me"

As a celebration of every family in our school, we started the year  with a collaborative project between school and home. In the classroom the children painted poster board bodies which provided the background for a family collage. At home they  continued the project with their parents, adding pictures, drawings, names and anything else that represents them. Once they brought the collages back, the children took turns sharing them with their classmates. The beautiful bodies are now hanging around the classroom where the children can look at them throughout the day and be reminded of the of the continuation between their home and school life. 


Cooking is an important part of our curriculum. The process of coming together to make home made food offers an integration of many things we value at our preschool. From good nutrition, to exploring different cultures and learning about sustainable food sources, cooking isn't only a joyful experience, but an educational one as well. Children get a chance to learn different concepts and practice many skills such as measuring, weighing,  cutting, mixing and following directions in a hands on way.


At WCK art media isn't just another fun pass time but  a tool to help children make their ideas, thoughts, theories, and perspectives visible and to construct a new understanding of the subject. By giving young children the materials, tools, and skills to represent what they are thinking and observing, the teachers are empowering them to communicate with visual language before they can read and write. 


Kyra Ryan    

Kyra works in the toddler room and joined in the summer of 2021. Kyra has a passion for nurturing children's individual creativity, and connecting with them through stories and hands on activities.Working to develop happy, healthy children is Kyra’s lifelong goal, she has received her Child Development Associate Credential and works towards her early childhood education degree.


Melisa Sweet    

 Mel has been with WCK since its inception in August 2016. She works in the preschool room three days per week. Mel is passionate about offering a purposeful and unique educational experience

to each child.

Akiko Flynn

Aki works with the toddler class and has been with WCK since October 2016. Aki has a deep respect for children  and is passionate about supporting them in all the areas of development. 

Christina Holloway

Christina is the owner, director, preschool teacher, bus driver and accountant for WCK. Christina has worked in the early childhood field since 1997 and has a degree in human development and family studies. Christina's passion is caring for all children and their families. 

Kristin Tippet

Kristin works in the toddler room and started in  August 2021. She has a BS in Child Development for ages 0-8 with a teacher's certification. Kristin has really enjoyed working iwht different age groups since 2003 teaching kindergarten, infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Becky Fontanez

Becky works in the preschool. Becky has worked at WCK since January 2018.  She always connects with the children in a playful and joyful way. Becky always goes the extra mile to understand each child individually.

Child care for ages 1- 6 1/2 years of age

Year round childcare located on the Aspen Community School Campus in Woody Creek.

Toddler classroom: ages 1 to 3

Preschool classrom: 3 to kindergarten age 

Hours: 8:30-3:45  Monday through Friday

Bus Service from Aspen to Woody Creek

Bus stops: Cemetery Lane 7:45 to 8:00 am

3:45 to 4 pm

Jaffee Park in Woody Creek 8:15 am

3:30 pm


Woody Creek Kids is the most amazing school in the valley. James would go everyday if he could. His growth in the last year is more than we ever could imagine. We were so lucky to have found them, we love them all and the job that they do is beyond words. I never thought my one year old would ride a bus, we can’t get him off of it. He screams with excitement everyday, “yay, Christina, bus!”

Michelle Hurley

As my wife and I were discussing day care options in the Roaring Fork Valley, I admit I was less than thrilled at sending our only child into a foreign environment.  I protested till Piper rolled in on the bus the first afternoon.  She was happy, exhausted, dirty, and most importantly excited to go back.  I am so appreciative of the teaching staff.  They have taught our little girl compassion and self-confidence.  They have been mindful of her needs as she figures out her method of learning.  They have allowed her to be a child, grow as a child, and thrive as a child.  All these examples do little to express how grateful we are, as parents, to have Woody Creek Kids in our lives.  They are trusted with our child’s care, no exceptions.  And, most importantly have become a critical asset to Piper's early learning experiences.

Thank you Christina!

Aaron and Kellee Anderson



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