Spirit at Play – A Missoula Preschool & Kindergarten Readiness program.

Established in 1991, Spirit at Play (SAP) is a non-profit Missoula area preschool & kindergarten readiness program with an emphasis on sustainability, social-emotional development and play-based education. SAP accepts students between the ages of 3 and 5 years during the school year and children up to age 9 years of age in the summer months. The teachers of Spirit at Play are passionate and educated and bring a variety of strengths to the program.

The Program has a 3 year extended license with the State of Montana’s Department of Public Health and Human Services. The school strives to follow the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) guidelines for early childhood programs. NAEYC’s Developmentally Practice, Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence’s Theory, Reggio Emilia Philosophy and the Project Approach are all integrated into our diverse over-arching teaching philosophy. We endeavor to meet the needs of each individual child in ways that allow them to be successful members of our school and community.


Spirit at Play is continually working toward being a sustainable program and the children are taught sustainable ways to work within the school and the local community to utilize its resources. The benefits of recycling and composting are encouraged which helps minimize waste and create rich opportunities for learning and exploration. SAP has achieved Champion status with the Montana Sustainable Business Council in their Strive Towards Sustainability program by demonstrating significant integration of environmental and social sustainability practices throughout the organization.

Equal Opportunity

Spirit at Play is committed to providing early childhood education to the Missoula community without restriction, and offers assistance to the best of its capabilities to those families in need. Spirit At Play does not participate in any form of discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or age.