Jefferson Early Learning Program serves children with and without disabilities. This allows children with disabilities to learn and play with their same age peers who are developing typically. Peers serve an important role in our program and are social and language models for children with disabilities. Therefore, the following criteria are ncessary to participate as a peer model.
- Must turn 3 on or before September 10 prior to the first day of school.
- Cannot be kindergarten age, turning 5 on or before September 10 of the current year.
- Toilet trained.
- Live within Missoula County Public School District boundaries (if you moved during the school year, your child's enrollment will be terminated at the end of the month in which you moved).
- Participate in an early childhood screening.
Jefferson Early Learning Program monthly fee is $78. A sliding fee schedule available. For questions, please contact Deb Chilcote (406)728-2400, ext. 1090.
Preschool Day Experiences
The following is an example of our classroom experiences. Each teacher will create a class routine that works best for the students and therefore will vary from class to class.
- Arrival and dismissal routines
- Free play time (also called "centers")
- Circle time
- Projects and art
- Outdoor play and gym time
- Story time
- Small group learning opportunities
- Music and movement
- Practice learning social skills
- Development of independence skills
- Work on fine and gross motor skills
Early Learning Program Information
Jefferson Early Learning Center is an inclusive preschool program that provides an education for preschool-aged children with disabilities together with their peers in a joyful, safe, and nurturing environment. Our mission is to provide a foundation for each child to become a lifelong learner, to prepare each child to become independent, to maximize high school readiness and promote family involvement.
Who do we serve?Jefferson Early Learning Program serves eligible children with disabilities ages 3-5 (who are not yet Kindergarten age eligible) and a limited number of preschool children without disabilities who reside within the boundaries of Missoula County Public Schools.
What do we offer?
- Low student to teacher ratio.
- Highly trained, experienced and certified teachers and para-educators.
- An opportunity to develop friendships and provide a positive model for children with disabilities.
- Montana Behavior Initiative site which focuses on positive behavior supports for all students (all classrooms have the same expectations of students, teach those expectations and give detailed feedback in positive was for all students.)
- Pre-academic readiness skills such as pre-literacy and math are aligned with MCPS standards and aim to prepare them for Kindergarten.
- Our preschool team includes a variety of professionals that share their knowledge and experience.
- Incorporation of a research based social skills and empathy training curriculum that teaches social skills with puppets.
When is class?Monday, Wednesday & FridayMorning Session: 8:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.Afternoon Session: 12:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Where is the preschool located?Jefferson School1700 South Ave. WestMissoula, MT
How do I get enrollment information?Call Debbie Chilcote, the preschool secretary at (406)728-2400, ext. 1090. The preschool office is located at the MCPS Administration Building located at 215 South 6th Street West.
Child Find Screening
MCPS annually sponsors a "Child Find" screening. The event is free and screens children birth to age 5 for developmental problems in speech and language, vision, hearing, coordination, social and intellectual development, and general progress.The screening for the 2017-2018 school year will be held Nov. 2-3.Screenings are free to those children living with MCPS Elementary District boundaries. Please note that this screening does not determine kindergarten readiness. The screening takes about an hour. To learn more or schedule a screening, call Debbie Chilcote at 728-2400, ext. 1090. Fax (406)327-6961