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Child development centers in Missoula vary in size as well as in scope. While some offer progressive curriculums and the latest advancements for preschools, others are more intimate daycare centers that take a more relaxed approach to childcare. Whatever your priorities, finding the right daycare center for your child is important. We’ve made the seemingly overwhelming task easier by collecting basic information such as size, location, and licensing information for child development centers in Missoula into a single location. Simply click on the links below to learn more about Missoula childcare centers that are dedicated to providing families with safe, quality childcare. You can also read reviews about various childcare providers to learn more about which is the right choice for your family. We always welcome comments and corrections, to better the browsing experience on our site.

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St. Joseph Early Education Program

St. Joseph Early Education Program

Missoula, MT 59801 | (406) 549-7648
The Early Education program strives for the development of the intellectual, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual needs of each child. The program has preschool activities, centers featuring science, math, literacy, etc., and free play.  Our center offers approved menus for breakfast and snack and carries a two year extended license.  To assist the fulfillment of their mission, the program welcomes children from age 2 (potty trained) through five years of age.
Honeybear Daycare Center

Honeybear Daycare Center

Missoula, MT 59801 | (406) 542-2300
Honeybear Daycare Center’s seventeen years of service to the children and families of Missoula, Montana, has been based on our mission to provide great educational opportunities to the community. All of our skilled, qualified educators and staff members are engaged in education classes and training at levels above those required by the state of Montana. It’s important to us to provide the best educational experience to your kids and we are committed to excellence in service. That’s why we give parents more than they expect by keeping rates competitive, offering state-funded scholarship opportunities and USDA food programming, and providing a robust variety of learning experiences for the kids. Honeybear Daycare Center also is conveniently located close to downtown and the University of Montana, making it easy for you to drop off and pick up your kids during the work week! Stop by today for a tour of our childcare facility and see if Honeybear Daycare is a great fit for your family!
Learning and Belonging (LAB) Preschool

Learning and Belonging (LAB) Preschool

Missoula, MT 59812 | (406) 243-4262
The Learning and Belonging (LAB) Pre-School has been a part of the University of Montana campus and the larger Missoula community for over 60 years. In October 2009, our program moved into the beautiful new Phyllis J. Washington Education Center where we have a large, open classroom surrounded by windows and doors leading onto a covered porch. Materials and furnishings are arranged in learning centers designed for small groups of children. These centers include block play, art, writing, science and discovery, math, dramatic play, and sensory. In addition, we have a spacious observation room for UM students and a seminar room with the latest in state-of-the-art technology. Some of our unique program features: Small group sizes and an option of either a 3 hour morning or 3 hour afternoon session, Monday - Thursday All children with and without disabilities from the Missoula area are welcome Consistent peer group from one day to the next Advanced education and experience levels of teachers and faculty advisor A productive multi-age learning environment in which children actively explore a variety of materials and activities. We provide materials and play experiences that allow each child to succeed at his/her own level. Opportunities for choice, exploration, social interaction, and problem-solving to enhance children’s natural motivation to learn. Use of positive child guidance techniques that promote children’s ability and motivation for self-control. Demonstration of respect for families by communicating regularly to build mutual understanding and encouraging parents to participate in setting of children’s goals and observation of progress. Active participation of UM Education students who enrich the experience by creating great teacher/child ratios and bringing their own enthusiasm and energy to our classroom.
Missoula Family YMCA Preschool

Missoula Family YMCA Preschool

Missoula, MT 59801 | (406) 721-9622
Enroll your child in one of the premiere child early education settings in Missoula. With three locations, Y Child Care is now available to more children than ever before. The YMCA Learning Center is located at 2683A Palmer St. The YMCA Exploration Center, our newest Center, is located at 2120 Ernest Ave. The YMCA Development Center, located at the Y, offers a number of additional activities such as swim lessons, Rookie Sports, and Discovery Music. All centers provide curriculum that helps stimulate your child’s physical, emotional and social skills in a warm and positive environment that instills core values in the educational process. Nutritious breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks through our participation in the USDA, Child & Adult Care Food program. Call or stop by for a tour or enrollment information.
Missoula Head Start Day Care Center

Missoula Head Start Day Care Center

Missoula, MT 59802 | (406) 728-5460
Child Start Inc. is a single purpose, federally funded program that promotes school readiness for children between the ages three to five from low-income families. The program serves 336 children and their families and works to enhance their social, cognitive, and emotional development in addition to providing them with a school readiness curriculum. Child Start, Inc. services are designed to be responsive to each child and the family’s ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.
Missoula Valley Montessori

Missoula Valley Montessori

Missoula, MT 59808 | (406) 880-2819
Our goal is to provide a welcoming, nurturing Montessori environment for young children, which guides them in reaching their full potential. MVM strives to create a setting where children are valued and honored; the families feel welcome and informed and the community is enriched by our presence. Through keen observation, a well-prepared environment and our commitment to lifelong learning, we provide an exceptional Montessori education. We are dedicated to instilling in the children respect for the environment, honesty in relationships and compassion for those around them. Dr. Montessori referred to the small child as the "explorer." Children are natural scientists. At MVM we offer a rich and in-depth science curriculum. Daily science experiments will be presented to the children to lay a foundation of fundamental scientific principles. Independent exploration of science concepts will be encouraged within the classroom so the children are able to fulfill their innate desire to research, experiment and discover every day. Guest speakers will be invited to share their expertise. We will also take the children out into the community to be exposed to the vast scientific offerings in Missoula.
YMCA Afterschool at Hellgate

YMCA Afterschool at Hellgate

Missoula, MT 59808 | (406) 721-9622
YMCA After School Club is a fun, structured, healthy place for kids to spend their afternoons. Children are divided into groups based on age and school location and transported to one of the after school locations: 34th Street Site (2205 34th St.) serving Cold Springs, Chief Charlo, Franklin, and Hawthorne. Paxson Site serving Paxson, Lewis & Clark and Lowell. Hellgate Elementary Site serving Hellgate Elementary. All children receive a healthy snack, at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity, homework help, caring attention from responsible counselors, and a calendar full of activities including: arts and crafts, science experiments, field trips, study time, special guests, swimming and more! Third, fourth, and fifth graders will get opportunities to utilize the YMCA youth center, basketball gyms and rock climbing wall. Afternoon snack and safe transportation from the school to the site are provided. YMCA After School serves: Chief Charlo, Cold Springs, Franklin, Hawthorne, Hellgate, Lewis & Clark, Lowell, Paxson, and Russell.
YMCA Early Preschool

YMCA Early Preschool

Missoula, MT 59801 | (406) 721-9622
At the Y, we believe that quality child care should be available for everyone. In fact, the Y is the nation’s largest child care provider. At the Missoula Family YMCA, we care for more than 250 children in licensed child care each day. We know that having quality child care is important to the well-being of children and families. Parents can feel comfortable going to work knowing their children are being cared for in a healthy, loving, safe environment. We provide child care that supports and strengthens families and nurtures the healthy, successful growth and development of each child involved. We have several different child care settings, each specifically geared to the different stages of child development. We are unique in that we have the opportunity to provide consistent care for children from as early as 6 weeks all the way through fifth grade. Missoula Family YMCA child care prides itself on teaching our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility to children at an early age. On a daily basis, our child care programs encourage healthy habits and incorporate exercise and nutritious food. In addition to the programming in our classrooms, we often utilize other Y facilities such as the gymnasiums and the pool, where children can participate in swimming lessons as part of their day.
YMCA Learning Center

YMCA Learning Center

Missoula, MT 59808 | (406) 721-9622
At the Y, we believe that quality child care should be available for everyone. In fact, the Y is the nation’s largest child care provider. At the Missoula Family YMCA, we care for more than 250 children in licensed child care each day. We know that having quality child care is important to the well-being of children and families. Parents can feel comfortable going to work knowing their children are being cared for in a healthy, loving, safe environment. We provide child care that supports and strengthens families and nurtures the healthy, successful growth and development of each child involved. We have several different child care settings, each specifically geared to the different stages of child development. We are unique in that we have the opportunity to provide consistent care for children from as early as 6 weeks all the way through fifth grade. Missoula Family YMCA child care prides itself on teaching our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility to children at an early age. On a daily basis, our child care programs encourage healthy habits and incorporate exercise and nutritious food. In addition to the programming in our classrooms, we often utilize other Y facilities such as the gymnasiums and the pool, where children can participate in swimming lessons as part of their day.
YMCA Paxson Adventurers Club

YMCA Paxson Adventurers Club

Missoula, MT 59801 | (406) 721-9622
At the Y, we believe that quality child care should be available for everyone. In fact, the Y is the nation’s largest child care provider. At the Missoula Family YMCA, we care for more than 250 children in licensed child care each day. We know that having quality child care is important to the well-being of children and families. Parents can feel comfortable going to work knowing their children are being cared for in a healthy, loving, safe environment. We provide child care that supports and strengthens families and nurtures the healthy, successful growth and development of each child involved. We have several different child care settings, each specifically geared to the different stages of child development. We are unique in that we have the opportunity to provide consistent care for children from as early as 6 weeks all the way through fifth grade. Missoula Family YMCA child care prides itself on teaching our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility to children at an early age. On a daily basis, our child care programs encourage healthy habits and incorporate exercise and nutritious food. In addition to the programming in our classrooms, we often utilize other Y facilities such as the gymnasiums and the pool, where children can participate in swimming lessons as part of their day.
ASUM Children's Learning Center #1

ASUM Children's Learning Center #1

Missoula, MT 59801 | (406) 243-2542
The Associated Students of the University of Montana (ASUM) Child Care, preschool and Family Resources offers affordable, quality care for your child while you attend The University of Montana. Serving UM students since 1970, ASUM Child Care works towards providing and promoting quality early childhood care and education.
ASUM Early Learning Cnt (Toddlers)

ASUM Early Learning Cnt (Toddlers)

Missoula, MT 59812 | (406) 542-8359
The Associated Students of the University of Montana (ASUM) Child Care, preschool and Family Resources offers affordable, quality care for your child while you attend The University of Montana. Serving UM students since 1970, ASUM Child Care works towards providing and promoting quality early childhood care and education.
Clark Fork School

Clark Fork School

Missoula, MT 59802 | (406) 728-3395
Our student-centered, parent-guided school is filled with children who are enthusiastic about their classes and challenged academically to reach their fullest potential. Clark Fork School offers children a supportive, warm environment that nurtures their emotional, cognitive, physical and social development. Every child is able to get more individual attention and move at a comfortable pace for them thanks to our low student-to- teacher ratios.
Cuddle Bugs

Cuddle Bugs

Missoula, MT 59804 | (406) 728-0801
A safe and loving place for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Creating a warm and loving environment for chidlren to learn and grow is our goal each and every day.
Discovery Preschool & Childcare Ctr

Discovery Preschool & Childcare Ctr

Missoula, MT 59801 | (406) 543-0879
Discovery Preschool is a licensed Center for children ages 2 months to 6 years old. Our Mission is to provide children with a safe and nurturing learning environment and varied experiences which help them develop socially, intellectually, physically and emotionally in a manner that is age-appropriate. A preschool program in a full day setting is offered to children ages 2-up. We offer a weekend program from 9 am-6pm for children ages 2 years-6years old.
Fort Courage Child Care

Fort Courage Child Care

Missoula, MT 59804 | (406) 543-5400
Fort Courage Childcare Center, Inc. is dedicated to providing services that are in the best interest of the child. The center shall support and nurture physical, emotional, social, cognitive and creative growth of all children in a safe, caring and pleasant environment.
Garden City Montessori

Garden City Montessori

Missoula, MT 59801 | (406) 240-0290
Missoula's Garden City Montessori offers outstanding private Montessori education at the preschool, kindergarten, and elementary levels. Serving children from age 3 through 4th grade since 2006
Missoula Christian Montessori School

Missoula Christian Montessori School

Missoula, MT 59801 | 240-2077
We are a 501(c)(3)non-profit school offering an exceptional Christian Montessori program for children ages two and a half to six years old. Our nurturing environment supports the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social and physical development for children of all backgrounds.
Missoula Community School

Missoula Community School

Missoula, MT 59801 | (706) 542-2833
The Missoula Community School (MCS) incorporates a progressive education philosophy into the design of excellent early childhood programs for children ages 3 through 6. Progressive education is a pedagogical movement that has persisted in various forms from its beginnings in the late nineteenth century, and is often seen as an alternative to legislated test-oriented instruction.
Missoula Early Head Start

Missoula Early Head Start

Missoula, MT 59803 | (406) 251-9310
Missoula Early Head Start (MEHS) provides low-income prenatal mothers and families of children birth to age 3 with enhanced knowledge and skills in child development, health, safety, and nutrition education, as well as providing social service connections and parent involvement opportunities. Missoula Early Head Start delivers these services to families by fully implementing the federal Head Start performance standards and following best practices in early childhood development.
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