Mini college celebrates 30 years in Glenwood Springs |

Mini college celebrates 30 years in Glenwood Springs

Kay Vasilakis
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Can you spot any of your friends among these CMC mini college students?

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” CMC mini college is having a reunion.

Recent families and staff members as well as those from years gone by are invited to attend a 30th reunion for the preschool from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Sayre Park.

“I treasure my memories of mini, the children, the families, the staff, and I am happy to be a part of planning this reunion,” said former director Thelma Zabel.

Part of the event’s festivities will include an open house from 3-4 p.m. at the mini college prior to the reunion, to allow alumni to revisit the facility. Photos of children and staff from years back will be displayed prior to the reunion, and at the reunion. Approximately 2,000 students have gone through the program in the last 30 years. Name tags and years attended will help reunion-goers remember friends they may have forgotten.

People have been asked to bring finger food to share, chairs or blankets, and the mini college will provide drinks for the event.

Thanks to recent improvements to the CMC facility, the mini college has a new, slightly larger shade structure and six new energy-efficient windows.

Current mini college director Judy Milne estimates 45-50 families will use the facility this school year. Classes are kept to 16 children aged 3 to 6 years. This year, a CMC work study student will help the staff of five teachers with the children.

Families interested in enrolling their children signed a wait list in mid-April. Preference is given to children of CMC students, staff and faculty and CMC alumni. Classes are half-day, five mornings and three afternoons. Children may take two, three, four or five mornings from 8 a.m. to noon, or afternoon classes from 1-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Former mini college director Kay Ware stated there is a longer waiting list every year because of the demand for quality care and direction. As more mothers join the workforce and have less time, parents need more support, and want more parenting classes and general advice.

Milne concluded, “Nearly everyone in the Glenwood Springs area has spent some time with mini college, which is the longest-existing preschool in the valley. Often students on their way to a class at CMC will stop in to tell me that they came to mini college. Last year we had a second generation family attend. It is a joy and an honor to spend my time with the children, teachers and families that make up the mini college community.”

Former students are encouraged to attend and see what their little buddies are doing now. Who knows? The little boy or girl that smeared finger paints all over your backpack may have turned out to be a professional artist.

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