A Place to Grow

What Our Families Are Saying

Our child loves a Place to Grow

I wish I could keep my child at A Place to Grow until he was even older because he loves it so much!

- MyVillage Parent

Our child has flourished

We’re one year in and so enjoy seeing how our child has flourished at A Place to Grow!

- MyVillage Parent

About Our Educators

Q. Why did you become an Educator?

My journey to being an early childhood educator started when I had my first two kids. They inspired me to want to make sure they had everything they deserved and most importantly, that they were in an environment that enriched and supported them. I started at a small family program which led me to start my education in Early Childhood Development. Several years later I opened my own program, continued higher education and opened A Place to Grow!

Q. What's your favorite part about being an Educator?

Being able to see children learn and then model what they learn is pretty amazing. Often we have children in our program from infancy through pre-K so we are able to develop strong relationships with children and their families over the years. We have our own little community. Watching children explore, learn and develop their natural sense of wonder is so fulfilling.

Q. Do you have any special experience parents should know about?

My work in the early childhood world started in 2003. I have a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education, with a focus on advocacy and leadership. I contribute time to our state and local NAEYC organization and am also active with a state advocacy group, Montana Advocates for Children.

Q. Anything else parents should know about you or your family?

We are a family of 6 people, 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 guinea pigs, 3 hermit crabs and a fish. We are a very adventurous family who enjoys each other, our friends and nature!


About Our School

Q. What's your early childhood education philosophy?

My personal philosophy is that every child deserves to have a safe, comforting and responsive environment. We provide a comforting environment that adapts to the child's needs. I believe in positive redirection and use language that supports an environment where your child feels good about themselves. I like for children to feel that they are a part of a community and they have responsibilities to both themselves and their peers. My job is to guide, promote self-regulation and problem-solving skills so our community can thrive. I work with families to support close ties and a team mentality with respect to your child. You are number one to your child and I understand that your child is best understood in the context of your families’ culture and society.

Q. What's your school set-up like?

Our school caters to the creative spirit, we have imaginary play areas, circle time, and lots of outdoor space to encourage nature-based learning.

Q. What snacks & meals do you provide?

We serve breakfast, lunch, and a snack - and all of our meals are homemade. We serve a variety of healthy foods and are also participants of the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Q. Anything else parents should know?

Our curriculum is based on children’s interests and developmental level, with an emphasis on investigations, modeling, exploring and playing. Art, music, and outdoor play is an important part of our curriculum as well.

About Our Parent Relationships

Q. How do you communicate with parents?

We communicate with families in a variety of ways. We ask that families take time at drop-off and pick-up time to discuss their child's day. We use communication boards, social media and software platforms to communicate the day's activities and individual reports.

Q. What do you expect from me as a parent?

I enjoy having open communication with my families to make sure all your child’s needs are being met. We would like to come together as a team with you and your family to center our attention on your developing child.

Q. Do you encourage visits from parents?

Yes! We offer events and opportunities throughout the year for families to visit the program. We offer big family events that allow for families to network with the other families in the program. We also offer opportunities for volunteers to come in and be an expert on areas of interest or project work that we are working on in the classroom.

When your child enrolls with A Place to Grow, you’re gaining so much more than childcare, you’re becoming a MyVillage Family. Here are just some of the benefits of being a MyVillage Family:

Trusted Educators

All MyVillage Educators are trained, licensed, insured, CPR Certified, and offer high-quality care in a safe and nurturing environment.

Personalized Care

A small group setting in a family home environment results in natural socialization, development, and a personalized approach for your child.

Reliable

Our unique support system means that if your educator is sick, you won’t have to call in sick too.

Learning & Development

The MyVillage Education Experience encourages play-based learning and growth.