Our company, Child Care Partners, consists of five early learning centers, each with its own director and teachers. Across the centers, we have unifying values, goals, and curricula. Believing that "those who create commit," we foster an atmosphere of collaborative decision-making. Our directors have a role in evaluating the information on proposed changes; likewise, each center director seeks input from her staff when considering changes. We also bring together groups of teachers from our schools for round-table discussions on program issues and problem-solving.
While we may not always agree, we all have a voice!
When hiring new team members, we look for those who value integrity, professionalism, loyalty, empathy, and mutual respect. Our staff puts children first and is dedicated to facilitating intellectual and physical development, as well as, supporting children socially and emotionally.
We support our staff with above-average wages, individualized trainings, and opportunities for professional growth. We have a benefits package that includes Paid Time Off, Health, Dental, Vision, Aflac, Simple IRA, Tuition Assistance, Training Stipends, and more.
Teachers are the heart of our program!
Nicole Garcia Center Director
Nicole Garcia has been with Colonnade Children’s Center since 2008. Starting as our toddler teacher, she continued her early childhood education studies at Arapahoe Community College. Since 2014 she has been a key part of our company’s leadership, first as Educational Program Director and now as Center Director. Nicole is a licensed Center Director by the State of Colorado. She continues to follow new research in best practices with young children and enjoys promoting the unique culture of Colonnade.
Nicole has a natural ability with young children and strives to create a safe, nurturing, and respectful environment. She believes that as adults, we must begin teaching with positive intent. She believes in the Conscious Discipline™ skill-based curriculum where teachers and parents help children develop self-regulation and meaningful relationships. Her heart and passion lie in her special, intentional interactions with young children. Encouraging and expressing love, comfort and kindness toward each individual child is Nicole’s number one goal as director.
Nicole enjoys spending quality time with her husband, Irish twins, and hefty bulldog. She loves to experience new restaurants and cuisines with her close friends and family.