742 Florida Road • Durango, CO • 81301
Building the foundation for a lifetime of success through quality early childhood education
We support all families by providing quality early childhood education in a center that supports healthier relationships for everyone and provides trauma-informed care, in a fun and safe environment.
Riverhouse Children’s Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit child development center providing child care and early education services for children from six weeks through five years old. Riverhouse has been in operation since 2004 and has served over 600 families since its inception.
We are committed to providing a safe, clean, and organized environment accessible to all children in our community regardless of financial hardship. It has been shown that the quality of early childhood education directly influences health, economic, and social outcomes for individuals. It is our vision to positively impact our children, who are our future community leaders.
Get to Know Us
Riverhouse Children’s Center was founded in 2002, by a dedicated early childhood professional who set out to create an early learning community with a strong emphasis on education and kindergarten readiness, a healthy food program, and a vision to prepare children and families for a lifetime of success.
By 2004, it was clear that Riverhouse needed to expand the vision to support families in need; with the belief that all families deserve access regardless of the ability to afford tuition. Riverhouse transitioned into a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization and quickly began to build the foundation to support community needs.
In 2010, two child development centers in Durango shut their doors, leaving 45 families without care. As a result, Riverhouse’s waitlist doubled overnight! In 2011, the land in which the current Riverhouse facility sits was donated and Riverhouse embarked on a $2.3-million-dollar capital campaign. The current center was completed in May 2013.
Each year, Riverhouse Children’s Center awards tuition assistance to families in need. Riverhouse awards over $50,000 yearly in tuition assistance to ensure that children, regardless of ability to pay tuition, are afforded the opportunity of high-quality early childhood education and are prepared for kindergarten entrance.
Today, Riverhouse continues efforts in being a leader in early childhood education in the community and, as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, Riverhouse relies on grants and donations to continue to provide tuition assistance, as well as the high-quality early childhood experience, that families have grown to expect.