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UCCC Preschool – (406) 531-8222

Where ‘Play is Child’s Work’

Nurturing the gift and promise that are young children, since 1972.




February is open registration month for 2018-2019 classes. Come visit us at the annual Open House on Thursday, 2/15/18 from 4-6pm. Children are welcome! 




Contact Us: (406) 531-8222


 About Us


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At UCCC, children are part of a family of learners, engaging playfully with peers, teachers, parents, classroom materials, the broader Missoula community and the world in the process of constructing knowledge.

Our developmentally appropriate preschool program promotes positive relationships among all children and adults, and nurtures each child’s sense of individual worth and belonging as part of this community.

We support active investigation, creative expression, and self-initiated learning, as well as each child’s capacity to contribute as a responsible community member. We welcome children and families of all races, abilities and backgrounds.


Our curriculum is based on best educational practice and attention to the whole child.

Our teachers are intentional in planning a daily schedule and environmentally-rich curriculum that honors a child’s individual needs and interests. The curriculum supports success and challenge at every level of development (cognitive, social, emotional and physical) and is integrated across disciplines (literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, music, art, creative movement).

We balance opportunities to learn individually and in groups, both inside the classroom and through interaction with people, places and the environment outside the classroom.

We believe that ‘play is child’s work’ and that children learn best through hands-on, process-based and meaningful work experiences. We are committed to supporting and teaching about sustainable practices.

Warm personal child-teacher relationships support our emphasis on helping children communicate effectively and grow in awareness, thoughtfulness and empathy for others.

While we are a public ‘face’ of University Congregational Church, our curriculum is secular.

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Our comfortable, child-centered classrooms and outside play yard are bright and cheerful. They reflect our commitment to surrounding children with their own work as well as immersion in a literacy-rich environment and inviting opportunities for multi-sensory learning across all disciplines.


Our preschool is a parent cooperative.  This means that on a rotating basis, adult family members assist daily in the classroom, participate in a school wide committee per family, accompany field trips, provide healthy snacks, and help with other projects.  Fundraising provides a significant portion of our annual operating budget and scholarship fund, therefore UCCC families are required to participate in school fundraising efforts.  Families contribute ideas and talents as well as share in each child’s growth and development at the preschool, which enriches the collaborative learning environment and sense of community for everyone. At UCCC, we arrive as separate families; we end up as one family.

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 History and Administration

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Founded by University Congregational Church, UCCC has been a part of the Missoula community for over fifty years, first as a private kindergarten in the 1950’s and, since 1972, as a cooperative preschool. The curriculum of the preschool, while intentionally non-religious, reflects strong humanitarian and community-building values. An administrator and preschool Council oversee the preschool operations. Click the  2017-2018 Preschool Directory for a list of preschool staff and Council members.

Click here for our Mission Statement.

Faculty and Staff

Our Faculty and Staff bring to UCCC their education, expertise, and enthusiasm – a love for children and teaching. They are committed to helping young children and their families grow and learn. Each teacher is responsible primarily for her own classroom of children, although there is collaboration and continuity between/among classes. Teachers keep families informed about their child and the child’s classroom through newsletters and calendars, spontaneous and planned conversations and meetings, and twice-yearly conferences where on-going informal and formal assessments and portfolios are shared.Our administrator facilitates communication and the work among families, teachers, and the Preschool Council.

Classes and Calendar

We offer classes for children, ages 3 to 4, and ages 4 to 5, either two or three days a week. Our 2017-18 UCCC Calendar  generally follows that of Missoula School District, with a few exceptions.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon or Tuesday,Thursday: 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon

Class size is constant at 12 children for each of the 3/4 year old classes, and 15 children for each of the 4/5 year old classes.

Lunch Bunch Program: We offer an extended day option from 12:00 – 2:00pm for an additional fee. Lunch Bunch is staffed by our teachers, is available to all UCCC preschool students and is limited to 15 students each day.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the 2018-2019 school year:

♦ M/W/F $180 per month

♦ T/TH $120 per month

Scholarship money is available and applications are provided in our June mailing prior to the beginning of the school year.

A $75.00 registration fee is collected upon confirmation of registration and reserves a space in a class for your child. Please refer to the “Registration Information and Instructions”  in the Enrolling in UCCC section below for more about this fee.

A $50.00 “clean-up” deposit, refunded upon completion of one (1) adult participation in a ‘clean-up’ night at the school.

Each classroom also collects money to help cover the cost of developing the many photos used in documenting children’s work and experiences, and creating individual memory books. ($10-$20 per student/year).


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Open registration at UCCC Preschool occurs during the month of February.  UCCC offers classes for two different age groups of children:  3-4 year olds (children turning 3 on or before September 10th of the year they will start UCCC classes) and 4-5 year olds (children turning 4 on or before September 10th).  Our September 10th age deadline corresponds to the deadline for kindergarten in the state of Montana.  By adhering to the September 10th cut-off date, we know that children leaving our 4-5’s classes will be the right age to enter kindergarten in Montana.

In addition to the age requirement for enrolling in classes, children must be potty-trained and independent in taking care of their toileting/bathroom needs by the time school begins.  UCCC Preschool is structured as a two-year program.  Children in the 3-4 year old class move on to the 4-5 year old class and children in the 4-5 year old class move on to kindergarten

Currently enrolled students and their siblings receive priority in enrollment. Remaining spaces are filled through a lottery held in early March and after that, as space allows, from our waiting list.

If you wish to be included in the March enrollment or lottery for open spaces in any of the classrooms, the deadline for us to receive all registrations is February 28. Registration forms received after February 28th will be considered as class openings allow.

We welcome inquiries about current class openings. Please leave a message for our Outreach Chair, at 406-531-8222 and we will respond to your message. You can also e-mail at

To enroll,

1. Download and complete 2018-2019 Registration Forms, and mail by February 28th, 2018, to:

      • Attention: Registrar UCCC Preschool 405 University Avenue Missoula, MT. 59801
      • Please call 406-531-8222 and leave a message for our Registrar if you have any registration questions.
      • You may also bring completed registration forms to our Open House on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

2.  UCCC Preschool is governed by a 10-member volunteer Council comprised of parents and University Congregational Church members. Council members serve two-year terms. We will be recruiting new council members for the 2018/2019 school year. New terms begin each May, applications will be due February, 28, 2018. We are accepting applications for Open Preschool Council Positions  for 2018/2019.


If you have additional questions, please leave a message at 406-531-8222 or email Messages are checked weekly and we look forward to speaking with you.

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