Spirit at Play Early Child program – A Missoula Preschool & Kindergarten Readiness program.
Spirit at Play (SAP) is a premier Missoula area preschool & kindergarten readiness program with an emphasis on sustainability. SAP is a non-profit educational program for children between the ages of 2.5 and toilet trained – age 5 during the school term and for children up to age 9 in the summer months. The Program has a 3 year extended license with the State of Montana’s Department of Public Health and Human Services. Participating in the Stars to Quality program with the State of Montana, SAP holds a Star level 2 out of 5 respective levels. 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 used as educational systems for the children enrolled in the program.
Spirit at Play is continually working toward being a sustainable program and as such the children are being taught sustainable ways to work within the school and the local community to utilize its resources. The benefits of recycling and composting are encouraged. This helps minimize waste and we factor these concepts into our curriculum planning. In fact, we have achieved Champion status, the highest level available, 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.
Established in 1991, Spirit at Play Early Child Program in Missoula, Montana is a comprehensive pre-kindergarten readiness program for toilet-trained children between the ages of 2.5-6 years during the school term, as well as a fun and active program for children up to age 9 during the summer session. The staff of Spirit at Play strive to follow the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) guidelines for high quality early childhood programs.
In 2010, we were honored to be chosen to participate in the Stars to Quality incentives program. This wonderful program has helped fund several projects at Spirit At Play.
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.
Child and Adult Care Food Program
Spirit at Play participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program(CACFP), which is a Federal program that provides healthy meals and snacks to children receiving care.