Discovery Preschool was founded in 2005 by Rupert and Wendy Bond. Co-Owner and
Executive Director, Wendy Bond has been in the Early Childhood Education field for over 25 years in the
Missoula area. Wendy holds a Masters Degree in Arts Education from Columbia University Teachers College, New York. While no
longer active in the classroom Wendy is actively involved behind the scene overseeing policies and procedures, and occassionally
will substitute teach when needed.
SCHOOL CLOSURE DATES for 2018- 2019 school year
(Paid Provider Holidays)-
Sept. 3, 2018- Labor Day
Nov. 22 & 23, 2018- Thanksgiving
Dec. 24- 26,
2018- Christmas Holiday
Dec. 31, 2018 & Jan. 1, 2019- New Year's Holiday
May 27, 2019- Memorial
July 4 & 5, 2019- Independence Day Holiday
Snow Days- We will make every effort to remain open on snow days. If an emergency travel only has
been issued we will close for the day, or have delayed opening. Please call before attempting to bring your child to the Center.
Co-Owner/ Food Program Director: Rupert Bond was born in Manchester,
England. Rupert lived in Spain for 14 years, and was a translator and taught Spanish to English speakers, and English to
Spanish speakers (children and adults). Rupert has been teaching Preschool in Missoula for over 10 years.
Food Program Director (Brooks Street): Chris Challinor
Director, Discovery Preschool & Childcare:
Linda White has been in Early Childhood education and with our facility for over 12 years. She has been Director
for the past 2 years, and is lead teacher in the 4-5 classroom.
Discovery Preschool & Infant Center: Jessa Aipperspach has been the Director of our Brooks street location
since opening in Jan. 2016. Jessa has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from UM Western. Jessa is also
Lead teacher in the 4-5 classroom at our Brooks Street location.
Our staff members at both Centers have various
backgrounds and educational experiences. Lead teachers are required to have a minimum of two years of Early Childhood experience
and/ or a degree, or are currently working towards a degree in Education or a related field. It is required that all staff
must have State background checks annually, out of state fingerprinting when necessary, have current and up to date CPR and
First Aid Certification, and must complete additional yearly training coursework in Early Childhood Education according to
the hours they work per year. Our infant/ toddler teachers must also complete Safe Sleep training as required by Montana Childcare
Licensing. Our staff are listed on the Montana Early Childhood Practitioner's Registry and many are working on degrees in
Early Childhood Education or another field or currently have a degree in Early Chilhood Education or another field.
RATES & POLICIES
( South Ave location-
Discovery Preschool & Childcare Center rates)
Daily rate- 6 to 10 hours per day
New rate effective
July 1, 2018
$ 36.00 day (Children 2-5)
$ 41.00 day (Infant/Toddler Program-Children
up to 24 months)
Discovery Preschool & Infant
Center rates are monthly. There is also a key card deposit of $30 for 2 entry key cards at this Center.
To reserve a space please send
in the Registration form with a reserve space fee of $100 (this is applied to your first week tuition). Registration
fee $25. We offer sibling discounts for full time enrollment. We accept Best Beginnings Scholarships (State Pay).
For more information about State funded scholarships please go to
Link to Child Care Resources, Missoula, MT
Preschool (2 and 3 year olds)