What if we don’t need full-day care and want to drop off our child later than 8:30 a.m. or pick up prior to 5 p.m.?

We’ve designed our daily schedule to allow for children to arrive as late as 9:30 a.m. and leave as early as 2:30 p.m., although the session fee remains the same regardless of the hours attended.

What does the daily schedule look like?

  • 8:30: Drop-off begins. We will spend the first hour doing indoor activities and playing in learning centers inside our home on Orchard Ave. Art activities, stories/reading, dramatic play, sensory exploration, etc.
  • 9:30: Montana animals lesson and activities
  • 10:00: Snack time. A healthy snack will be provided indoors.
  • 10:30: We will go across the street to the Growing Up Green Gully (our outdoor learning environment at 4717 Orchard Ave.) for nature exploration. We will explore a private riverbank and hopefully see some wildlife after a short walk across Miller Creek Road to the Bitterroot River.
  • 12:15: Lunch time. Please provide a healthy lunch for your child in their backpack.
  • 1:00: Indoor quiet time/rest time option for younger children. In nice weather, rest time will happen on hammocks in the Gully. Older children or those not needing to rest will travel with a teacher to the playground at Cold Springs Elementary or explore a different area of the gully. Once the younger children are awake/rested, they will join the group for games and free play . (Obstacle courses, movement games, teamwork activities, etc.)
  • 2:30: Snack time. A healthy snack will be provided outdoors.
  • 3:00: Outdoor activities in the Growing Up Green Gully. Campfires, scavenger hunts, nature exploration, science activities, songs, etc.
  • 5:00: Pick-up time.

What type of clothing and other items will children need to bring?

Please bring a backpack for your child with their lunch, an extra change of clothing and a full water bottle. Hand and feet warmers are encouraged.

Because we will spend the majority of the day outdoors, it is crucial that children bring along warm clothing, including thermal under layers, waterproof outer layers, warm (preferably wool) socks, waterproof boots, a warm hat, and waterproof gloves in the winter.

If you would like your child to rest or nap, please provide a blanket and any other items they enjoy resting with.