• Childcare & Early Education

    Emergent Preschool & Montessori for infants, toddlers, pre-K in Teton County.

Program Details


Starting at 6 weeks 

We believe that early development and learning stem from positive social relationships. Helping children express feelings and negotiate with others starts with infants. Infant and toddler care is about relationship planning, not lesson planning.

Infants’ days are focused on the individual babies and there is no schedule.  Teachers promote “tummy time” and spend time holding, making eye contact with, and talking to the babies.

Our approach to working with infants and toddlers is guided by a program called Creative Curriculum. This encourages teachers to let children choose their focus and activities (together or in groups) and create learning opportunities involving the children’s interests.

Teachers create a curriculum that will:

  • Respond to the child as an individual
  • Incorporate science, math, and language
  • Provide sensory activation through play
  • Provoke and engage cognitive skills


Ages 3-5

Serving children from ages three through five, our preschool programs offer the educational boost and social experiences they need to start Kindergarten with confidence. Our Kindergarten Readiness programs are designed to meet the Teton County School District Readiness Standards.

Emergent Curriculum Preschool Program

Play-based curriculum emerges from student, teacher and parent interests.
Six content areas are Literacy, Math, Science, Social Studies, The Arts, and Technology.

Montessori Preschool Program

Four avenues of study are Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, and Math
Self-directed learning fosters individuality
Daily schedule includes a three-hour period of uninterrupted work.

  • Main areas of development: social/emotional, physical, cognitive, language.
  • Children’s unique needs are recognized and addressed by teachers in planning.
  • Literacy building is part of every day’s program.
  • Environment provides intentional learning opportunities.
  • Ongoing assessments and documentation will keep you informed of your child’s progress.


Ages 3-5
Sublette & Teton Counties

Program for children with special needs. Students must be recommended through CLC Special Education Department.

Serving children from ages three through five, preschool programs offer all children the educational boost and social experiences they need to start school with confidence. CLC’s Inclusive Preschool programs enable students with special needs to learn in the same classroom as their typical peers in a lively setting that focuses on learning readiness and preparation for future educational success. In Teton and Sublette counties, students enrolled in preschool get to participate in creative learning activities as well as special therapy or other needed attention.

Recognizing that children with learning disabilities are sometimes segregated from their peers, here children with and without developmental disabilities receive the same educational opportunities, together in the same classroom without regard to ability or income. Each of our inclusive classrooms in Sublette County and in the Special Education program in Teton County has a lead teacher, a co-teacher, and an inclusion specialist who assists the children with special needs that share the classroom with their peers. The active on-sight involvement of therapists helps children with developmental challenges keep pace with their classmates and enjoy the same benefits and rewards that academic achievement provides young, curious minds.

Contact Special Education for more information >


We work in collaboration with pARTners, the Art Association, and JH Children’s Museum to bring the arts to life in our curriculum. Drama, music, visual arts, technology, and dance enhance curriculum in and out of the classroom.

Why is art important? For children, art is more than just enrichment, it is their language….it is essential to their development. Through art young children develop motor skills, problem solving, creativity, self expression, literacy, language, math, science, and social-emotional skills. For example, music and movement provide early math and science skills; drawing and painting enhances early literacy. Through CLC’s arts initiative our teachers are expanding the ways they are using art in teaching all disciplines in our curriculum. They are doing a great job.


Our chef designs a nutritionally strategic menu of delicious, home-cooked square meals. Children enjoy breakfast, lunch, and a snack at no additional cost. Mealtime is an important part of the CLC curriculum.


Mercill Campus

Houses infant/toddler childcare and inclusive preschool, including Montessori classroom.

145 Mercill Avenue
Jackson, WY 83001
P: 307.733.5346
F: 307.733.0478

Rafter J Campus

Houses infant/toddler childcare and inclusive preschool classrooms.

1300 W. Valley Springs Road
Jackson, WY 83001
P: 307.733.0333
F: 307.733.0334

Regional Office

Houses the administrative support staff for the entire organization.

145 Mercill Avenue
Jackson, WY 83001
P: 307.733.1616
F: 307.733.0478



Early Education in Teton County/Childcare & Preschool
Please contact the Enrollment Coordinator at 307-264-8485 for enrollment information.

Tuition Assistance for Childcare & Early Education
We offer a sliding scale tuition rate based on income and scholarships for eligible families.

Hours & Contact
8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.
Please contact the Enrollment Coordinator at 307-264-8485 for enrollment information.

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