About Our Programs

  • “We welcome you to come and grow with us” 

    Little Ropers Child Enrichment Center

    Thank you for your interest in our program. We are a child development facility providing quality care for children ages birth through 5 years of age located inside Sinagua Middle School. We are a play-based school and have highly qualified staff in a small group setting. Additionally, we are a lab for the Flagstaff Unified School District child development program and have a strong level of supervised participation from middle and high school students, as well as NAU and CCC students.

    We are a licensed child care center, a 4-Star Quality First Program and we are accredited by the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs (NAC). We accept DES, Navajo Nation, and offer United Way scholarships based on availability.

    We are open Monday-Friday 7:00am-4:30pm and we follow the school district closure calendar and are therefore closed when the schools are, including snow days and spring and winter break. We do provide an optional summer program. 

    August - May  Fall/Spring Session: Our full time rates are available in the tuition section for infants’ age 6wks-5yr . All families enrolling pay a $150 annual, non-refundable, registration fee.

    June -July Summer Session We offer care throughout the summer as well for infants age 6weeks - 5 years old and not yet attending Kindergarten. This is a full time program only.

    Enrollment for our Summer and Fall/Spring Session: are separate and you must register every session, you are not guaranteed a spot without registering. We currently do not have any openings, but we welcome you to put your name on our waiting list so we can contact you when openings become available.

    We have an open door policy once enrolled and you are welcome to visit by appointment for an initial tour, though we do ask that you do not come during nap from 12-3pm. If you would like to sit down to meet or you would like a tour, please call ahead to schedule a time to do so. I look forward to meeting you in person, and feel free to contact me with any questions.

    **Due to Covid-19 the open door policy has changed.  Please call the Director's office at 928-527-5526 for details. **


    Mission Statement

    Little Ropers Child Enrichment Center strives to provide children with daily experiences that will expand knowledge, arouse curiosity, foster creativity, enhance social skills and nurture self-worth.  We respect a child’s need to develop and grow in their own special and distinctive way and encourage them to respect the freedoms and differences of those around them.


    Little Ropers Philosophy

    At Little Ropers we base our teaching beliefs on the theory that play is fundamental to learning.  Research has shown that your child can attain “Kindergarten readiness” through play and hands-on experimentation. We promote a culture of strong family involvement, as you are your child’s primary teacher.

    Little Ropers is composed of a team where directors, teachers, and parents work together to create the optimal learning enviroment for your children.  We encourage cooperative learning and age appropriate activities.  We strive to provide the benefits of a loving, safe environment.  We encourage good communication between Little Ropers staff and parents. 

    These are the formative years in a child's life and it is our job to help children grow and develop in a loving, caring and stimulating environment.  Or staff strives to provide experiences that will encourage the development of your child's positive self-concept.  We believe that there are many styles of leaning and we incorporate these styles in our daily curriculum and learning activities. 


    “As a child, I draped plaid blankets between the sofa and chair, and when the sunlight streamed in my shadowy forts became castles with stained glass windowpanes.  I lashed birch logs together to make walls for forest forts and turned tree stumps into tables and chairs.  My forts were a lot of work, but childhood was time of industriousness, of projects.  It was a time of secret chemistry experiments in the attic, of carefully fashioned yarn dolls, of elaborate dams along the Eighteen Mile Creek.

    When I moved into my present house several years ago I saw that there was a swamp across the street.  I couldn’t wait to see the children pulling their homemade rafts through the tall weeds, searching for muskrats, and jellied strings of frog eggs to incubate in the bathtub and for their own magical Terabithia. But the neighborhood children aren’t there.

    I wonder if they are sitting glassy eyed in front of the VCR, the television, the Nintendo game.  I wonder if they are being driven from soccer to computer camp, from gymnastics to aerobics, or if they are drifting around the shopping mall.”  James Howe, author of Bunnicula, recently said, “My greatest worry for children today is that they are losing their capacity to play, to create a city out of blocks, to find a world in a backyard, to dream an adventure on a rainy afternoon.  My greatest fear for today is that they are losing the capacity to play.”

    Living Between the Lines

    Lucy Calkins, Early Childhood Author