The most unique and comprehensive early learning center in Boulder County.

A place where the whole child is nurtured to reach his or her highest potential, no matter what barriers they may face.

2845 Wilderness Place  Boulder, CO 80301  303-938-8233

What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must be what the community wants for all its children. ~ John Dewey (1859-1952) American Educator, Philosopher and Psychologist;

Meeting the Needs of the Whole Child

Wilderness Early Learning Center is the home to The Acorn School’s infant through pre-kindergarten classes, serving approximately 70 children, along with select, complementary early childhood services. The building is the home to the Boulder County Head Start Program with approximately 65 children.

This collaborative project provides vital services for meeting the needs of the whole child. Driven by the Early Childhood Framework for Boulder County (PDF), Wilderness Early Learning Center will bring together:

  • high quality early learning;
  • family support and education;
  • social, emotional and mental health;

High-Quality, Early-Enrichment Available to All

Research shows that giving children early enrichment and intervention is critically important to long term success. However, in Boulder, families are too often struggling to find high quality care for infants and toddlers. In addition, special services for young children (e.g. language, dental, medical) are available but often hard to access. The Wilderness Early Learning Center aims to bridge this gap and give children the strong start they need and deserve.

There is no greater investment you can make in our community and in our nation than in early childhood development. When choosing a non-profit organization in this field, The Acorn School, the leading partner in the Wilderness Center, is unique in its history of success at making the highest quality child care and education available to all children in the area, regardless of socioeconomic background.