About the Programs

Thank you for your interest in the Associated Students of the University of Montana (ASUM) child care center programs.  The centers serve children of UM's students, staff, and faculty.  The program is funded by student activity fees, parent fees, state and federal funds, and The University of Montana.

Program Goal

Provide quality child care and early education services at a reasonable cost to students and Univeristy of Montana faculty and staff. 

Program Options and Rates

 Children’s Early Learning Center I –  Located at McGill Hall, Rm 001A, Main Campus

  • Children ages 2 - 3; toilet trained NOT required.
  • Student Full-Day enrollment option only = $34.50 per day. 
  • Fac/Staff = $790/month -- Pro-rated on # of days.
  • Minimum 2 days per week enrollment.

 Children’s Early Learning Center II –  Located at 111A Craighead, University Villages

  • Children ages newborn - 23months; toilet trained NOT required.
  • Student Full-Day enrollment option only = $34.50 per day. 
  • Fac/Staff =  $790/month -- Pro-rated on # of days.
  • Minimum 2 days per week enrollment.

Children’s Learning Center I –  Located in McGill Hall, Rm 001, Main Campus

  • Children ages 3-6.
  • Student Full-Day enrollment option only = $34.50 per day. 
  • Fac/Staff =  $790/month -- Pro-rated on # of days.
  • Minimum 2 days per week enrollment.
  • Closed winter and spring breaks.

Children’s Learning Center II – Located at 115A Craighead, University Villages

  • Children ages 3-6.
  • Student Full-Day enrollment option only = $34.50 per day.
  • Fac/Staff =  $790/month -- Pro-rated on # of days.
  • Minimum 2 days per week enrollment.

Hours

All centers are open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Summer Hours: 7:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Calendar

  • All programs are closed all University holidays.
  • All programs closed for training one week in August.

Meals

  • A nutritious breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack are served each day.
  • The program participates in the USDA Child and Adult Food Program receiving funds for the service of meals and snacks that meet program requirements.
  • This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 

Health and Immunizations

  • Children must be adequately immunized before attendance in the program and must be adequately immunized to remain in the program.
  • Immunization record signed by health authority/physician is required.  Only a medical exemption is allowed.                                                                                                                             

Staff

  • Each center is staffed with an a.m. teacher from 7:00-3:00 and a p.m. assistant teacher from 9:30-5:30.
  • Each center is also staffed with student teacher aides who come and go between classes.
  • A maximum ratio of 1 to 8 children is maintained in each preschool center and Early Learning Center I. A 1 to 4 ratio is maintained in the Early Learning Center II.

The Curriculum

  • The program emphasizes developmentally appropriate practices for each age group.
  • Weekly activities are planned to include all areas of child development.
  • Lesson plans are posted at all centers- ask your teacher to show you.
  • Teacher directed, large group, small group and free choice times are a part of the daily routine.
  • A daily schedule is posted at each center if you desire more information.