Ministering to the Whole Child –
Mind, Body, Spirit

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to minister to the whole child by providing a safe, caring, loving environment that nurtures each child’s social, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual growth. We offer emotional and spiritual support to parents and families.

Our History

We are a non profit program that is a mission of the Summit Church and we are licensed by the state of Colorado. We first opened our doors in 1998 with our toddler center. We recognize the unique worth of all God’s children regardless of their race, sex or cultural background. It is our desire to minister to all children, sharing Christ’s love for mankind.

How We Serve

We serve families with children 6 weeks old up through 5 years old. We are open M-F from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. We operate year round and have six classrooms. We are closed Labor Day, 3 days at Thanksgiving, 2 weeks at Christmas, 1 week for Spring Break, 1 week for summer break, and Memorial Day. We also close for 2 teacher development days and some days in the summer for Summer Break.


This bright area is specially designed to meet the needs of our youngest children and their families. We have 2 caregivers with 8 children ages 6 weeks up to around 12-15 months. This is a year round program with full and part time spots available.


We offer 2 separate toddler rooms. One is designed for 1 year olds and the other is for 2 year olds. The ratio in these rooms is 1:5 and 1:6. These rooms and their routines are designed to encourage these young children to explore their world in a loving, safe environment while also learning some of the basics of social emotional development like sharing, waiting and taking turns.


Our preschool program is for children 3-5 years old. Here we offer a balance of play and structure that introduces children to the prenumber and language experiences, routines and other concepts that will prepare them for a lifetime of learning enjoyment. Through play, discovery learning, hands on activities, literature, science experiments, music, fingerplays and art activities, the children explore a variety of themes through out the year.

We have a lot of fun at our school and through daily Bible stories, prayers and verses, the children see how God is part of their everyday life. We feel that children are precious gifts from God and that the early years are so important in developing lifelong values and skills. We invite you to check out our program and we look forward to getting to know you and your child.

Contact Shanti for current tuition rates and registration.

We are open Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 5:30pm.
If you would like more information or want to visit our school, please contact Shanti.

Early Learning Center Director

Hello, I am Shanti Shepherd, and I am honored to serve as the Director of Summit Early Learning Center. With a solid background in early childhood and elementary education, spanning back to 2012, I’ve dedicated my career to fostering a nurturing and enriching environment for young learners.

My passion for education is not just professional but personal as well. I strongly believe in the importance of laying a strong foundation during the formative years. As a parent myself, I understand the significance of providing a safe, stimulating, and inclusive space for children to learn and grow.

When I am not at the center, you will often find me cherishing moments with my husband and son. Family time is precious, and I value every opportunity to create lasting memories with them.

I am committed to continuous improvement and innovation in early childhood education, and I am excited about the journey ahead at SELC, where we are shaping the future, one young mind at a time.