Peaceful Heart Preschool


At Peaceful Heart Preschool we guide young children to be the most vibrant version of themselves.   We hold a space where children are seen, heard and respected as the whole and wise humans they are, all while learning nuanced and heart-filled skills of being in community.  

We enroll children ages 3 - 5, including children who want  a Pre-K year before Kindergarten,  and offer a variety of scheduling options  within a Monday - Thursday, full day schedule.  

What we're about:  


Miss Jess, owner, director and lead teacher, has been tuning into young children as a preschool teacher for 12 years (and older children for 8 years prior to that) observing and learning about their spirits.  She is an intuitive energy worker, student of non-violent communication and Possibility Management (study of using feeling energy consciously), a 500hr trained yoga teacher,  and finishing a certification program to be an instructor with Hand in Hand Parenting.   These tools, along with a lifelong passion for honoring young people, have guided her approach to holding a space where children can shine.  

Read all about all of our teachers here:  

Peaceful Heart Preschool Teachers

How to Apply

2024-25 school year

Enrollment is now open!!

We are full for the 2024-25 school year.  Get in touch to get on our waitlist. 

Apply online:

2024-25 Peaceful Heart Preschool Application Form

Come meet us!   Email or call (406-239-9642) to schedule a visit!  Visiting with us is the first step toward enrollment (along with the application form). 

Preschool Application Process:

To apply, please fill out and submit the 2024 application form above.  You will see a confirmation message (from google forms) after submitting.  PHP will be in touch within 48 hours to establish connection and share this information with you.   Upon reviewing applications and finalizing our schedules and class structure, we will do our best to place children in your preferred schedule.   We will be contacting you to offer your child a spot or put you on the waitlist (we will be in touch either way) during the first couple weeks of February

If you have a deadline with another school that you are considering, and you haven't yet heard from us, please reach out to us before making your decision, as we may know already if we have a spot for your child before we start communicating with families, even if we don't have our official acceptance letters and schedules ready yet. 

If we have not yet met you, we will ask that you and your child schedule a visit to our school prior to enrolling you in the program.  This can be accomplished either at an open house, or scheduled individually, before or after applying.   

We accept families in the following order: 

1. Current preschool students and siblings

2. Siblings from past students

3. Families on our pre-registration list

4. New families

Acceptance is based on the following combination of factors:  The order of applications received, whether we will be a good fit for your child and your family based on our approach to preschool, and our dedication to accepting a diverse group of children (racial, socio-economic, gender, family structure, etc).

There is no fee required to apply.  If and when you are offered a spot, we will walk you through the enrollment process which will require a $75 registration fee.  A tuition deposit (1/2 of your tuition for September) will be due in March of 2024.  

If you are wanting to learn more about our program, get in touch via email or phone to get more information or to schedule a tour:    406-239-9642.

Is your child ready for preschool?

Our program is a preschool program, and as such, operates a little differently than a daycare would.   Therefore, we have a few requirements that we ask of your child before we enroll them into the program to ensure their success.  If you are enrolling early on in the year, and unsure whether your child will meet these requirements come fall, please apply anyway.  We will be in conversation over the summer when we will have a more clear sense of your child's readiness:

We cannot guarantee that your child will be ready to attend our preschool, even with the above requirements met.  However, we will work with you and your child extensively (and with the great skill of many years of experience) to create the right environment and find solutions. 

Schedule and Tuition 

2024 - 25 School Year

Monday - Thursday; 9am - 3pm.  A variety of scheduling options available. 

2024 Tuition Rates: 

We aim to keep our tuition prices as low as possible to keep our program accessible to the most number of people.  If you are financially able, we are always grateful if you would consider contributing an additional amount with your monthly tuition toward our scholarship offerings. Even a small amount is helpful.  

Schedule considerations:  

Tuition and Fees: 

Sample Daily Rhythm

This schedule is very approximate and will vary with different groups and seasons.  We will spend more time outside when the weather is warmer. 

9:00 - Centers - Children choose which stations  as they arrive at school:  puzzles, playdough, a table full of open ended craft materials, marble roll game, building blocks and more. 

9:45 - Morning Meeting -  We may sing a good morning song, read a story,  take some fun yoga breaths or some morning stretches, listen to a puppet show about a social struggle or follow our curiosities in a discussion of an interesting subject. 

10:00 - Snack - We provide a healthy, organic snack with a variety of foods that may be new to the kids as a way to encourge eating a diverse diet.  We may have children help prepare the snack or even assist in cooking or baking our daily snack!

10:20 - Project / Lesson - As a group or in small groups based on age or interest level, children will embark upon their studies through experiential, inquiry-based learning.  We may go on a scavenger hunt, create a giant group piece of art, create a puppet play, become food in the digestion system as we act out the process on a giant life-sized body, play a giant collaborative game of "ground is lava", sculpt with clay, create a river bed out of sand or build life-sized homes as we imagine and embody how a variety of animals live. 

11:30 - Lunch & Free Play outside  - Children enjoy a lunch brought from home. 

1:00 - Yoga - We will move, breathe and learn body awareness through games, music, play, teamwork, yoga poses, balance, focus, strength building, relaxation and more!  We might do poses as a story, to make the shape of letters, as a way to embody animals or natural landscape (tree, river, ocean), dance to a song with animal poses built in or they may create their own new yoga postures!

1:30 - Rest / Nap / Calm Centers- Some children may nap while others rest listening to music or audio stories, followed by quiet individual centers such as coloring, play dough and looking through books. 

2:30 - Optional Afternoon Snack / Clean-up / Closing Circle

3:00 - End of the school day

Preschool Photo Gallery

Planning Ahead? 

Early Registration for upcoming school years is available at any time.  Just email to get set up. No commitment or deposit required.  You receive the registration form before the general public, usually in January of the school year that your child will be starting school. 

Contact Jess at or 406-239-9642 to check for space and for questions.  

Would you like to donate to our Preschool Scholarship Fund?  

We try hard to keep our prices affordable and offer scholarship to families who need it.    But we can use some help!  Even a small donation can be so helpful for a preschool family.   We are currently building up a scholarship fund for the 2022-23 school year.   We are not a "non-profit" (for the sake of keeping things simple) but we put all of our profits back into the school or add them to our scholarship fund.   If you are interested, you can send us a check and a note to 825 Marshall St., Missoula, MT 59801.  Get in touch with questions or for more information!  Jess:  406-239-9642;  Thank you!