Locally recommended child-care providers in Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Westminster

Searching for a reliable, trustworthy child-care service can be a distressing process for parents. Teaching and nurturing styles vary from parent to parent and across child-care providers. Here is a list of the most recommended child-care services throughout Arvada, Wheat Ridge and Westminster, from online reviews of parents who have been there and done that.

Wooden Shoe Preschool and Pre-kindergarten
Address: 9180 Yarrow St., Westminster
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed Saturday-Sunday
Contact: woodenshoe-childcare.com, 303-422-6195, woodenshoe1980@gmail.com
Founded: 1955
Services: Toddlers, pre-school, pre-kindergarten, before and after school care, summer programs
Staff: 48 staff members
Currently serving: 368 families
What the owner says: “We are family-owned and operated. My grandma actually started the wooden shoe. Now my mom (Kimberlee Ackelson) owns it. We have teachers that have been with us 20-plus years. We’re very family oriented. The thing as far as our kiddos, we really believe in play with a purpose.” — Aubree Akens, director

Little Loves Early Learning Center
Address: 6454 Simms St., Arvada
Hours: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, closed Saturday-Sunday
Contact: littleloveselc.com, 303-431-1346,
Founded: 2012
Services: Infants, toddlers, preschool
Staff: 9 staff members
Currently serving: approximately 35 children
What the owner says: “We are very unplugged. Our whole philosophy is literally bringing nature and play back into the classroom. We aren’t corporate, so we give our teachers the opportunity to explore with the kiddos and put themselves back in the classroom.” — Briana Schmittel, co-owner