Bozeman’s Unique Preschool for Creative Learning and Development

About our program

The unique learning environment provided at the Creative Arts Preschool allows for children ages 3-5 to gain exposure to many creative art forms during the daily 3 to 6 hour program. Involvement in these art forms allows for children to practice confidence building, early math concepts, creative thoughts and an understanding of the world around them. Parents may select from one to five days of schooling in either the academic year, which runs from September through May, and/or the summer programs in June, July and August.

Since the fall of 2007, Creative Arts Preschool has been an outlet for parents with interests in children’s music, foreign languages, yoga, martial arts, drumming, classical dance, and more. The Creative Arts Preschool program, which can accommodate up to sixteen children per day combines one specialty daily, provided by local artists, dance (ballet, tap, and jazz), art, and snack all intertwined in a traditional preschool setting.

To date, the children enrolled in the Creative Arts Preschool have worked with Rhythms and Drums from the Emerson Cultural center, Gloria Overcash of Blissful Family Yoga, Michelle Cloninger with Zumba Kids, Andrea Powers from Junior Jazzercise and Rachel Waterman with Musikgarten. More artists will join the preschool throughout the coming year.

About the Director

Erin Hansard

Erin Sobrepena

Erin Hansard earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education at MSU with a focus on early reading skills. Since then, she has accumulated over 12 years of experience in education. She teaches a variety of lessons, including reading readiness, math & science. Erin focuses on education through the Arts; incorporating songs, dance and art into the preschool curriculum. She continues to add additional artists and projects to the preschool curriculum that reflect her students interests.

Bozeman Dance Academy

Check out our sister company Bozeman Dance Academy

Special Daily Activities

Broadway Theatre

Broadway Theatre

with Heidi Krutchkoff

Miss Heidi provides opportunities for children to develop articulation, poise and confidence through guided improv games, non-verbal storytelling and creative movement while learning Broadway show tunes.



with Rachel Waterman

Miss Rachel uses the nationally recognized music education curriculum, Musikgarten, along with her tenure childhood music teaching experiences to create an exceptional music program this year called Cycles of Seasons. She will also be adding songs that teach and rhymes that enhance learning to help put music to day-to-day activities.



with Clint Farmer

Mr. Clint uses patterned counting, rhythmic body movements and a variety of percussion instruments to introduce our preschoolers to drumming. Through a mix of activities, children practice maintaining steady tempos, while developing muscle coordination and control.

Zumba Kids Photo

Zumba Kids

with Michelle Cloninger

Miss Michelle’s classes feature kid-friendly routines based on original Zumba choreography. She breaks down the steps and adds games and activities her class structure. The program encourages the development of a healthy lifestyles and make fitness fun!

Junior Jazzercize

Junior Jazzercise

with Sarah Baker

Our preschoolers have a blast working out with new music mixes, high energy dance moves and fitness games created just for them. It’s all about fitness, coordination, strength, nutrition, confidence and—most of all—fun!

Cassie Farmer Photo


with Cassie Farmer

We periodically rotate in a dance class where the preschoolers get the opportunity to learn about rhythm and improve motor skills with an introduction to the basics of creative dance movement.

Covid Information

We have been closely monitoring the Health Department’s guidelines and we are adjusting our procedures as new information is released:

  • Teaching ways to stay healthy with frequent hand washing and ways to limit the sharing of germs.
  • Small group sizes
  • Spacing our tables, toy centers and nap mats to help the children stay further apart.
  • Rotating and sanitizing toys
  • Increased sanitization of the school and surfaces, including the use of an electrostatic sprayer
  • We have been incredibly careful at school, but one of the big reasons we have been healthy is due to our preschool families! Parents have been so careful about keeping their child home with normal seasonal sniffles and when family members have any possible symptoms.

Summer Program Schedule

Ages: 3-5 and K-3rd

Days: Monday-Friday

Times: 9-12 or 9-3

Week Activity Date
Week One Exploring Art Styles June 13-17
Week Two Birds of Montana June 20-24
Week Three Fish of Montana June 27-July 1
No school July 4-8
Week Five Artist Studies July 11-15
Week Six Animals of Montana July 18-22
Week Seven Mountains July 25-29
Week Eight Water August 1-5
Week Nine Nature August 8-12
No school August 15-26

Daily Schedule

Holiday Break Schedule

Daily Schedule: Half Day 9-12, Full Day 9-3
8:45 Student drop off: Playtime
9:45 Cleanup & bathroom break
10:00 Snack
10:30 Circle time & Story; Themed Art Project
11:15 Outside Playtime or Nature Walk
12:00 Half Day Pick Up
12:15 Lunch
12:30 Quiet Rest Time
1:00 Pre-K/Academic Practice & Learning Centers
1:30 Outside Playtime
2:00 Rotating Specialists:
    Wednesday-Musical Theater
    Thursday-Junior Jazzercise
    Friday-Nature Exploration
2:45 Daily Review & clean Up
3:00 Full Day Pick Up
Fall & Spring 2021-2022 Schedule
School Starts August 30
Labor Day September 6 · 1 day
Thanksgiving November 24-26 · 3 days
Winter Break Dec. 20-31 · 10 days
President’s Day February 21 · 1 day
Spring Break March 14-18 · 5 days
Memorial Weekend May 27 & 30 · 2 days
Last Day Thursday, June 9
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