Nest Preschool at New Emerson

Purpose & Philosophy

Nest represents the nurturing environment for learners at an important stage in their life, as they prepare to spread their wings and fly into grade school. The vital year before kindergarten, is an important learning time for students to gain and apply skills, knowledge, and peer relationships.


Nest is powered by the EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum, so the incorporation of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) content within our curriculum is a priority. We believe STEAM is the future, and promotes critical thinking in addition to awareness of our environment and planet. Each of our learners will also get a free family membership to the EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum.

Learning Environment

Our local landscapes and outdoor recreation make Grand Junction one of the most unique and beautiful areas in the world. Our learning environment embraces these unique features and utilizes the outdoors as a classroom. We are fortunate to have access to the tree-rich space of New Emerson’s playground. Students will use this space not only to move and stay active, but to observe natural phenomena and ask questions. Nest will also coordinate and lead off-site field trips to learning experiences in our community.

2021-2022 Nest Preschool Hours:



*Please note, admission into the Nest Preschool does not affect acceptance into New Emerson Elementary. Families will still need to go through the lottery process.

*Students must be 4 years old by the August 1st to join the incoming class.

pre k 2


Due to COVID, we are unable to offer in-person tours. A virtual tour will be posted here prior to the opening of applications, and our instructors will be hosting a virtual Meet & Greet via Zoom on:

For your application to be considered, families must attend one of the virtual Meet & Greets. Once applications are closed, a lottery will be conducted and families will be informed by the end of March.

Please do not visit Nest in person or call New Emerson Elementary for admission information.

More Information

Our school year includes 145 days of instruction. Participants will be billed monthly, with due dates on the 1st of each month, September-May.

  • $551 per month

First month’s payment of $551 is due at the time of acceptance to hold a spot.

Due to the generosity from the Buell Foundation, Nest is able to provide full scholarships for qualifying families. Families qualify for full scholarships if the household income falls at or below the limits on the following chart:

income table

To be considered for scholarships, families must complete the Scholarship Qualification questions on the online application.


Phone: 970-248-1626


Nest Staff

Joy Davis

Nest Director & Teacher

Vonnie Davis

Nest Teacher