Co-Owner and Executive Director, Wendy Bond has been in the Early Childhood Education
field for over 25 years in the Missoula area. Prior to entering Early Childhood Education she taught art and movement experiences
to children in Montana, New Jersey and New York. Wendy holds a Masters Degree in Arts Education from Columbia University Teachers
College, New York, and a BFA from U of M.
SCHOOL CLOSURE DATES for 2017- 2018 school year
(Paid Provider Holidays)-
Sept. 4, 2017- Labor Day
Nov. 23 & 24, 2017- Thanksgiving
Dec. 22- 26,
2017- Christmas Holiday
Jan. 1, 2018- New Year's Observed
May 28, 2018- Memorial Day
July 4, 2018- Independence Day
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.
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.
Director, Discovery Preschool & Infant Center: Jessa Aipperspach has been the
Director of our Brooks street location since opening two years ago. 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. Many of our staff are listed on the Montana Early Childhood Practitioner's Registry
and 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)