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.

2022-2023 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 15th to join the incoming class.

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Please submit an application below to add your student to the '22-23 waitlist.

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

More Information

The daily rate will be $42/day. Our school year includes 136 days of instruction (subject to change). Participants will be billed monthly, with due dates on the 1st of each month, September-May.

  • $571 per month

First month’s payment of $571 is due at the time of acceptance to hold a spot, as a non-refundable deposit.

Due to the generosity from foundation support, Nest is able to provide scholarships for qualifying families. Current scholarship qualifications:

  • Guardians are working, seeking employment, or are participating in training/education
  • Have a monthly family income of less than the defined maximum below:

cccap quals

  • Already participating or willing to participate in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) before the first day of school
    • If not accepted into CCAP, we will provide a sliding-scale tuition rate for families.

To be considered for scholarships, families must complete the Scholarship Qualification section on the online application. If you are unsure whether you qualify for a scholarship, please submit the application and a Nest staff will review it.



Registration Process

2022-2023 Application (General application is CLOSED.)

Nest Staff

Joy Davis

Nest Director & Teacher

Quinn Shea

Nest Teacher