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.

2023-2024 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 14th to join the incoming class.

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APPLICATIONS FOR THE '23-24 SCHOOL YEAR are closed! You can submit an application to be added to the waitlist.

The Nest Preschool 2023-2024 school year will run Monday-Thursday from August 14-May 16, and includes 132 student contact days.

Please do not visit Nest in person or call New Emerson Elementary for admission information. You can contact us through email at

More Information

A sliding scale tuition is based on the most recent (2021 or 2022) 1040 tax documents. If unable to share tax information due to legal status, please provide a statement of need.

Families will qualify for tuition rates if they are at or below the tiered household income.

Nest Tuition

Nest is a Universal PreK (UPK) provider, and any preschool student can participate. Families that participate in this free program will be given a 20% discount in tuition. Applications to participate in FREE UPK can be found here.

Tuition will be waived for families participating in CCAP.

Families will be billed monthly via Square, with due dates on the 1st of each month, September-May.

First month’s payment is due at the time of acceptance to hold a spot, as a non-refundable deposit.



2023-2024 Registration Process

2023-2024 Application (CLOSED: submit an application to be added to the waitlist)

Spanish Application (CLOSED: submit an application to be added to the waitlist)

*Students must be 4 years old by August 14, 2023*

Nest Staff

Joy Davis

Nest Director & Teacher

Quinn Shea

Nest Teacher

Vonnie Davis

Nest Substitute Teacher