Preschool is offered at the AWARE’s Center for Early Childhood in Butte. The AWARE Center for Early Childhood Preschool program offers child care and education for children 3 to 5 years old. Opening its doors in 2016, the preschool is the newest addition to the AWARE Center for Early Childhood. A newly remodeled classroom provides a warm and friendly environment designed for early learning. The Preschool uses the Creative Curriculum with in a Reggio Emilia inspired framework. The classroom is year round and operates from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Families of all socio-economic status are welcome, and children with disabilities are welcome. This is a tuition based preschool. Tuition assistance is available to qualified families due to generous donations from the Irving Foundation, which discounts the cost of tuition for one full year.

The philosophy of AWARE Center for Early Childhood is founded on play-based, child-centered and individualized curriculum to promote development in all school readiness domains with a strong parent component. The AWARE Center for Early Childhood’s teaching philosophy aligns with that of the Reggio Emilia approach. This approach is founded on the values of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children through a self-guided curriculum.

  • Through close observation, child development staff facilitates active learning which allows children to explore and develop at their own pace.
  • Recognizing parents as the child’s primary educators, AWARE teachers develop a collaborative relationship with parents/guardians.  Therefore, the program works in partnership with parents in building strong relationships with involvement between the home and school to facilitate the child’s development during this crucial stage of life.
  • AWARE is committed to cultivating partnerships within the community. Through the establishment of meaningful links with many local community organizations and agencies, AWARE ensures that children and families receive an array of individualized services and that community resources are used efficiently and effectively.
  • The environment is the third teacher. Teachers use the environments to guide and mentor children. The environment, filled with natural light and beauty, has the potential to inspire curiosity, wonder and hands on learning. The environment will grow, change and develop along with the children and their experiences.

For more information, please contact Becky Neff, 406-782-0455,