About the Director

I am thrilled to be the Director at Denver Child Care Academy. I believe in the importance of early childhood education and its critical role in the growth of a child's mind and spirit. I conducted and published research on the importance of play in the development of a child's cognitive, emotional and social development. I am excited to have the opportunity to utilize this understanding to help your child thrive during their time at the Denver Child Care Academy.

Originally from the Midwest, I am the second oldest in a family of four sisters. I came to Colorado to obtain my Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Denver and went on to obtain both a Master's Degree, and PhD in Child Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. I received my Director Certification for Large and Small Early Child Care Centers from Front Range Community College. I have been the Director of The Learning Center at New Directions for Families run by Arapahoe House, Executive Director at Montessori School at Ken Caryl, a non-profit school in Littleton, Catholic Charity's Child Development Center, Mile High Montessori Rude Park and Sun Valley, and Kaleidoscope Academy in Littleton.

My only child is 25, a graduate from the University of Colorado at Boulder's honors program in International Affairs. She is currently working for a "think tank" in Washington, D.C. It is hard to live so far away from her but believe that she is pursuing her passion for change in the DC area.

I am a Bronco maniac, I watch the games with gusto. I also love to play golf and enjoy traveling to the beach to listen and watch the waves. I meditate every day, start my morning with a prayer of gratitude and believe that positive thinking helps to create a purposeful day.

I look forward to making this a very special time for your child at Denver Child Care Academy. I welcome your input and feedback about anything you think would be beneficial for your child to help them create lasting memories during this magical stage of early childhood development. After all, you know your child better than anyone and are your child's first and most important teacher.


Dr. Patti Howe,


Denver Child Care Academy