About Us

St. Joseph Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten program have two locations. St. Joseph Preschool, serving children 2-3 years old, is located just outside of charming downtown Missoula, near St. Patrick’s hospital. This program is housed in one of the St. Francis Xavier church buildings. St. Joseph Pre-K, serving children 4-5, is located inside of St. Joseph Elementary school, just 5 minutes from the St. Francis Preschool site.

The preschool programs strive to provide a safe and comfortable learning environment for  students. Both sites follow the St. Joseph Elementary mission statement: Missoula Catholic Schools is committed to the formation of young men and women of compassion, conscience, competence and community. The programs follow the philosophy that each child is treated as an individual with individual needs that will be met through a dynamic and stimulating learning environment, using developmentally appropriate practices.


We enroll children at the beginning of each school year and through the summer. Tours are set up and given throughout the year for interested families. For a site tour please refer to the contact information below. The majority of our students continue on and enroll into St. Joseph School for grades K-8.  St. Joseph Preschool and PreK are STARS certified and Montana state licensed. St. Joseph School is a nationally accredited by the WCEA as a Kindergarten through Eighth Grade Catholic school.

Contact Us

St. Joseph Preschool (ages 2-3)

430 W Pine



St. Joseph Pre-K (ages 4-5)

503 Edith st

(406) 549-7648



Our Preschool programs are open from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.   We are closed on major holidays and follow the St. Joseph School calendar for the majority of the school year, providing interim care for families who are currently enrolled on some school closure days.

We offer a summer program for preschool age children (ages 2-5) at both locations during the months of June-August.


  • Ladybugs (St. Francis): 2-3 years
  • Frogs (St. Francis): 3-4 years
  • Red Room St. Joseph Pre-Kindergarten: 4-5 years
  • Blue Room St. Joseph Pre-Kindergarten: 4-5 years

Rates (per month)

  • 4 days a week: $750
  • 5 days a week: $800


St. Joseph Preschool and Pre-K programs follow a curriculum that is based off of the Montana Early Learning Standards, with added breadth and application. This curriculum starts  2 years old, flowing up through each classroom and lining up with St. Joseph’s Kindergarten curriculum and standards. Our curriculum covers the wide range of social and emotional skill development, to math and science exploration of topics, as well as social studies and art experiences.  

Each child builds their individual portfolio that showcases their work throughout the school year. In each portfolio, is an assessment tool that each teacher uses.  The  focused observations helps to assess the strengths and needs of the children in their classrooms. Teachers use this knowledge to direct their lessons and support the growth of the students, while also following the curriculum map and their students interests.

Curriculum Map

St. Joseph Elementary and Middle School

503 Edith Street
Missoula, MT 59801
Phone: (406) 549-1290
Fax: (406) 543-4034

Loyola Sacred Heart High School

320 Edith Street
Missoula, MT 59801
Phone: (406) 549-6101
Fax: (406) 542-1432

Missoula Catholic Schools Foundation

300 Edith Street
Missoula, MT 59801
Phone: (406) 728-2367
Fax: (406) 542-9900

Missoula Catholic Schools Athletic Complex

Sister Rita Mudd Activity Center & Rollin Field
1040 S. 1st Street W.
Missoula, MT 59801