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.

*Due to licensing, students must be 4 years old by the August 31, 2024 to join the incoming class.

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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

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2024-2025 Application Process

Nest Tuition 24 25 updated

Monthly sliding scale tuition is based on household income. Your tuition will be the listed amount if your income is at or below the listed income tier. For example, if you are a family of 4 with a income of $100,000, you would fall into Tier 3 tuition rates.

Nest is a Universal PreK (UPK) provider, and any preschool student can participate. Families that participate in this free program will be given a 50% discount in tuition, and your participation unlocks additional funding for our school. Applications to participate in FREE UPK can be found here. Lottery priority will be given to families who are willing to participate in UPK.

Tuition will be waived for students who qualify for full 30 hours of UPK (low income + ELL/IEP/Foster Care/Homelessness) or CCCAP.

The Nest Preschool 202-2025 school year will run Monday-Thursday from August 7-May 15, and includes 135 student contact days.

2024-2025 Application- English & Spanish (The 2024-2025 application is CLOSED. You can submit a form to be added to the waitlist.)

Students must be 4 years old by August 31, 2024.
Student birthdays should be between September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2020

Handbook (English)

Handbook (Spanish)

2024-2025 Calendar (Subject to change depending on New Emerson Elementary's calendar)

Nest Staff

Joy Davis

Nest Director & Teacher

Quinn Shea

Nest Teacher

Diana Soto

Nest Substitute Teacher

Vonnie Davis

Nest Substitute Teacher

Christina Lee