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MHCEC Preschool

MHCEC IS ENROLLING 3 to 4-YEAR-OLDS for FALL 2021/22. Only a few spots left!

MHCEC is a Reggio Emilia/Montessori-inspired preschool featuring Music Together ™ that serves children ages 2.5-5 years old. Our school year runs from the middle of August through the end of May, offering three-day and five-day options, all half-days from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Please email Monica Leotta at mleotta@milehichurch.org to inquire about enrollment or if you have questions.

Mile Hi Children's Enrichment Center (MHCEC) Preschool

Our philosophy is simple: Honor the unique development of each child and apply the whole-child approach to learning.

The whole-child approach nurtures all areas of children’s development from social-emotional-cognitive skills, literacy, math, science, art, music, nutrition, and fitness. This type of teaching is a powerful strategy as preschool children transition to kindergarten.

MHCEC Director

Monica Leotta


2021-2022 Intent to Enroll Form
Please use this form if you are a new family to MHCEC and are interested in applying for enrollment.

2021-2022 Enrollment Form
Please use this form if you are a returning family or have already been offered a spot at MHCEC.


We have three (3) classrooms for children. Each classroom has a minimum of one accredited and licensed Early Childhood teacher and a teacher assistant. Also on staff is our director and administrative assistant.

We maintain a minimum 1:10 teacher to student ratio in all classrooms.

  • Preschool: Serves children 2.5 – 4 years
  • Prekindergarten: Serves children 4 – 5 years


Classroom Hours:
Mon. – Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Administrative Hours:
Mon. – Thurs., 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Fri., 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

2020 – 2021 School Year:
Aug. 18, 2020 – May 26, 2021



Our education and curriculum foundation is inspired by the Reggio Emilia and Montessori philosophies. Children are given relevant hands-on learning opportunities that allow them to explore, discover, and ignite their natural love of learning in rich, stimulating environments. Our teachers create curriculums based on observations of each child’s interests, passions, and developmental readiness.

We also incorporate Love and Logic©, a philosophy that supports our teachers with management techniques that promote children’s self-control, decision making, and responsibility. By contributing to their personal growth through these teachings, children develop self-respect, self-esteem, and the ability to make positive choices.

Music Together
In School

The Music Together curriculum provides children with the opportunity to learn music in developmentally appropriate ways; supports their language, cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development; enhances the classroom experience; supports family engagement by giving parents enjoyable and significant ways to nurture their children’s development; and enhances happiness and well-being in the school community.​

Meet the


At MHCEC, we believe our greatest strength lies in the talents and skills of our staff. Our teachers are highly educated, deeply caring professionals who are dedicated to respectful, quality education for young children. As the school’s most valuable asset, staff is supported in their continuing education to stay up to date with the latest in Montessori/Reggio Emilia curriculum and early childhood education research and techniques. All faculty members have extensive background checks, CPR and first aid certifications, and Universal Precautions training.

Monica Leotta

MHCEC Director

Certified Music Together Teacher
Music Specialist at Boulder Journey School


Jenny Grush

Administrative Assistant

Debra Patterson

Bear Room Lead Teacher

Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting
Master of Education in Creative Arts


Michelle Bailey

Bear Room Assistant Teacher

BA in Music, Regis University
Applied Credential in Dalcroze Eurythmics


Maria Forrest

Frog Room Lead Teacher

Carie Finegan

Frog Room Assistant Teacher
My favorite thing about school is...I think all of the things are my favorite. We sing. We play. I have eighty sixty friends. We see nature.
3 year old
From our Frog Classroom