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"A fun place to grow!"


"Education must begin at birth."


The Montessori method suggests that children learn best in an environment that has been prepared to enable them to do things for themselves!


Our goals in the infant program include care, education, and play. We provide care to meet the daily needs of diapering, feeding, and sleeping. 

By working to meet the infant's basic needs, we create a healthy and safe environment.

Infants learn to explore safely at their own pace and in their own way.


Our toddler program is designed to support the development of self-help skills. We provide stimulating activities that focus on the process, not the end result.

During this time of constant growth and exploration by busy toddlers, we encourage a "can-do" attitude to promote many self-help skills and develop a healthy self-concept.

Washing hands, participating in toy cleanup, clearing their table space after eating, and toilet training are a few of the daily self-help skills we work on. 


We promote play as an important avenue for learning and enjoyment. Through play children discover, pretend, test, classify, organize and interact with others. 

Play calls for imagination, initiative, and purpose. During active play, children practice daily living skills and are given opportunities to develop new skills. 

We offer a curriculum for all ages with a variety of hands-on activities and experiences. Through play, children create, explore, and pretend.

 Planned activities and consistent daily schedules are balanced with free time to create a fun and developmentally appropriate setting.

Best Beginnings STARS to Quality

We are at the STAR 2 level of this program!

"The Best Beginnings STARS to Quality Program is a voluntary quality rating and improvement system that aligns quality indicators with support and incentives for early childhood programs and early childhood professionals."

This program provides us with ongoing training and education to ensure the families and children we serve are getting the best possible care.


"The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally funded program of the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)."

"The program plays a vital role in assuring the nutritional quality of meals and snacks served to eligible children and adults attending non-residential child or adult care programs."

Feeding Children in Child Care

Family-style dining gives children the opportunity to take and eat as much food as they want during meals and snacks. The intent behind feeding in the CACFP is that all children get enough food to meet their nutrient and energy needs.

Family-style dining teaches children:

• choosing from well-balanced and nutritious meals

• how to serve themselves

• eating how much they choose to eat

• trying new foods

• the skills of eating at a table with others

• following positive role models

• table manners

• good eating habits

• positive relationships with food

In family-style dining, providers are responsible for what, when, where and create a setting that

supports pleasant and positive mealtimes. The child is responsible for how much and whether.

Help children "listen" to their own bodies to know how much to eat.

We do not charge extra for meals or snacks.

"This institution is an equal opportunity provider."

Harvest of the Month Program

Our center is participating in Montana Harvest of the Month ( Each month, our center along with other participating centers, K-12 schools, and healthcare facilitates throughout Montana will showcase one locally or Montana grown or raised food by a) serving it in a meal or snack, b) offering taste tests to children, and c) doing educational activities. 

The two primary goals for this program are to expose students to new, healthy foods and to support Montana’s farmers and ranchers.

Watch the menu and information sent home with students for more information about the Harvest of the Month foods being featured. We encourage you to ask your child about Harvest of the Month foods and prepare these foods at home during the month that they are promoted. Research has shown that children can try a food up to twenty times before they “like” that food, which means that providing as many opportunities to try new foods is crucial to building healthy eating habits and adventurous eaters.

We welcome your help during taste tests and educational activities. Please reach out to us about these and other opportunities to dig in. We hope you join us in this opportunity to promote healthy eating and strong economies.