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Phone: 970-739-4244

Fax: 970-882-7922


1550 Hillside Ave.,  Dolores, CO 81323


Teddy Bear Preschool is a collaborative preschool. We offer Head Start, Colorado Preschool Program and tuition. We have 4 large classrooms with 2 teachers in each. Our ratios are 8:1. We serve 3-5 years of age. We provide breakfast and lunch each day. Food is served family style to help promote health eating habits.


Valiena Rosenkrance

Valiena Rosenkrance



Mrs. Rosenkrance grew up moving between Alaska and Dolores, Colorado. Her family moved twice a year going to Alaska in the summer and Dolores in the winter. Valiena is a graduate of Dolores High School. She was married here (36 years strong!) and has two grown sons.
Valiena received her degree in Early Childhood Education from Fort Lewis College. She has been working at the Teddy Bear Preschool for 25 years; the first seven years as a teacher and the remaining 18 years as the director. She has been instrumental in leading our preschool to amazing NAEYC accreditation. Only 3% of preschools in the nation have attained national accreditation. This is the mark of excellence and quality in the early childhood field.

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We use the Incredible Years curriculum to help promote social/emotional understanding. We use the Creative curriculum for lesson planning that individualizes for each child. Mighty moves and Food Friends curriculum is used to promote physical activity and healthy nutrition. We introduce beginning numbers and letter recognition and other kindergarten readiness skills. We also encourage healthy family partnerships.

highest rating

Colorado Shines is a nonprofit organization working to advance quality early childhood education across Colorado.  Colorado Shines measures the quality of early learning programs through an evaluation of their learning environment, family partnerships, training and education, adult-to-child ratios and group size, and accreditation. We achieved the highest rating by Colorado Shines of 4 stars!!!