Euzoa Bible Church opens new preschool

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— For parents like Sarah Adams, finding a preschool in Steamboat Springs can be a challenge. Waiting lists are long, and fees are a burden for middle class families. Adams, who moved from Denver at the end of last year, was at a loss until recently.

Starting Sept. 2, however, she will have a solution in Euzoa Bible Church's new preschool program. Headed by Christi Callahan, the preschool will serve up to 15 students at a time at the Euzoa site in Strawberry Park.

"We recently moved up here, last November, and my children were already used to being in school so it was a big challenge for me because we couldn't find anything," Adams said. "Either there was a very long waiting list, or there wasn't a program that met my needs."

The Euzoa preschool will use the lobby of the church and the its playground to host children 3 to 5 years old from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday to Friday. Parents can send their children from two to five days per week.

Adams, who is a stay-at-home mom, said she liked that she could send her son, Walker, to the school two times a week, to meet her schedule.

"It was nice that there was that flexibility," she said.

Callahan said she had many of the same reasons for starting the preschool: she moved from Austin, Texas, and could not find a preschool opening for her son, Kieran.

"We couldn't get him in anywhere," she said. "I started thinking that we need another (preschool) in the area, so I thought a Christian preschool would serve the community well."

The preschool will include Bible studies and songs, as well as a regular preschool curriculum.

"We'll be trying to instill some Christian values while they are young," Callahan said.

Charlie Parnell, administrative pastor at Euzoa, said the preschool idea emerged last spring and the organizers have been filling out the paperwork for zoning changes and preschool accreditation, which was approved Wednesday.

"It looked insurmountable at first, but the community came together," Parnell said.

The cost will be $35 per day, and parents can enroll their students using forms on the church's Web site at www.euzoa.com or call the church at 879-0123.

- To reach Zach Fridell, call 871-4208

or e-mail zfridell@steamboatpilot.com

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