Giving in Snowmass: School house rock
Editor’s Note: Giving in Snowmass is a series about nonprofits that serve the village that will be published in the Snowmass Sun this fall.
With a history that goes back to Snowmass’ ranching days, the Little Red School House serves a need in the community as the only year-round preschool and toddler care center in the village. Director Robin Sinclair, herself a Snowmass Village native, elaborates.
Snowmass Sun: How did your organization start?
Robin Sinclair: The original building that now serves as our preschool was built in 1894 as a one-room schoolhouse that served the Brush Creek community’s schooling needs by educating children grades one through nine. Years later the schoolhouse was abandoned by the Aspen School District, as they opted to bus the Brush Creek students into the more modernized schools of Aspen. The school fell into disrepair, and it was only through the financial and physical efforts of the local community that the schoolhouse was repaired and reopened as a preschool in 1980. In 1988 the Hildur Anderson Toddler Center was added to the grounds serving as a means of toddler care for children 1 to 3 years of age.
Snowmass Sun: What is your mission?
Robin Sinclair: Our mission at Little Red School House is to provide exceptional learning opportunities in a nurturing and safe environment that instills the value and wonder of lifelong learning and creative expression. We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to learn, love and laugh in a nurturing, enriching and educational environment. The involvement of families and community is also an integral part of the success of our mission.
Snowmass Sun: What services do you provide to the community and who do you serve?
Robin Sinclair: We have two facilities. Our Toddler Center is licensed for children 1-3 years of age, and the Preschool serves children 2 ½ years through school age. Many of our families either reside or work in Snowmass Village, making this a convenient and affordable option for educating their children.
Snowmass Sun: What makes Little Red School House unique?
Robin Sinclair: Little Red School House is the only preschool and toddler facility that is open year-round in Snowmass Village. Because our school values family involvement, the school has been able to create a community culture of its own here and that extends out into the community that surrounds us.
Snowmass Sun: What is the best thing about operating in Snowmass Village?
Robin Sinclair: The community has been very supportive of our school over the years. Many local families have sent their children to this school and have a fond place for us in their hearts.
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