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Sunshine House Early Learning Academy expands space near campus through CSURF collaboration

May 5, 2014

Sunshine House to triple current space

A toddler plays with blocksThe Sunshine House Early Learning Academy on West Lake Street, in conjunction with Colorado State University, is expanding with the construction of a new, larger facility close to campus. The new building, which will sport more than 10,000 square feet of room and accommodate 150 children, will be at 2060 Perennial Lane in Fort Collins (on Center Avenue south of Prospect Road). The new facility is being built by CSURF as part of an effort to respond to needs voiced by the CSU community for childcare close to campus.

The Sunshine House, currently located at 501 W. Lake, will move to this new facility in August, and will care for infants through 12 year olds. When complete, the new building will almost triple the center’s current size.

Families may begin enrolling now, and there currently is a wait list, so early registration is encouraged. For more information, contact the Sunshine House directly at 970-491-2862 or

About The Sunshine House                                                   

The Sunshine House is a national early education and child care provider and has been educating children for 38 years. The company currently operates 121 centers in nine states and 13 on-site school-age programs. Its programs are created to ignite a child’s passion for learning and prepare them for future success in school and in life. The Sunshine House offers full-time, part-time and drop-in programs for children aged 6 weeks to 12 years. For more information, visit Tuition stipends are offered to low income student families through the CCAMPIS grant.

History of The Sunshine House at CSU

What first started as a collaboration between the Department of Housing and Food Science and the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the early 1990s, The University's Children’s Center opened on Lake Street in 1998, with the mission of providing year round child care to faculty, staff, and students. This is the program that is now operated by The Sunshine House, and it serves about 45 families at any given time, with a general make up of 1/3 faculty, 1/3 staff, and 1/3 student families.  The center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.