At Pascual LeDoux Academy, preschoolers learn and play in a school that’s designed specifically for the young — and the young-at-heart.

Leslie Harvey and Principal Leticia Jara-Leake

Walking through Pascual LeDoux Academy, you might feel like Alice in Wonderland. And the schools teachers and support staff wouldnt have it any other way.

Its a teeny people place, said Leslie Harvey, administrative assistant to Principal Leticia Jara-Leake. Its a fun, happy place to be.

Pascual LeDoux is designed specifically for 3- and 4-year-old early childhood education students. Youll find miniature couches, windows designed so a 3-year-old can see outside and sinks that graze your legs.

Now in its third year serving families, Pascual LeDouxs building and programming was supported by 2012 Denver bond and mill levy funding. To expand early childhood education opportunities for students throughout southwest Denver, the 2012 bond funding created 11 classrooms for 4-year-old students and three classrooms for 3-year-olds. Each year, 2012 mill levy funding provides scholarships to help ensure students can enroll. And classes are taught in both English and Spanish to meet neighborhood families needs and help students thrive.

Its the best thing in the world for this neighborhood, said Jean Smith, a Pascual LeDoux teacher. They deserve this.

Named for former Denver Public Schools elementary school teacher Pascual LeDoux, the academys play-based learning curriculum helps prepare kids for kindergarten. Learning letters and spelling feels like a game, as teacher Mary Nackerud leads children from her classroom to the cafeteria singing songs that spell out words like red and blue.

We make learning fun, Nackerud said. The children are happy, they love school. Its my dream job.