Kamloops Montessori Preschool/ Kindergarten was Kamloops' founding Montessori Program, which began operation in 1998. It was founded by Holly Schafer, with a small classroom, educating eight students in a morning class and eight students in an afternoon class. Since then, Holly has opened several Montessori child care centers, with Juniper Early Learning Center being opened in 2016. We have grown to around 100 students in the 5 different programs that we offer.
We pride ourselves in the continued excellence in our program, which fosters a love of learning and educates children to be caring, socially responsible citizens of their community and world. The educational and supplemental care programs involve children from 18 months to school age programs. We offer a Toddler Program, a Kindergarten Prep Extended Day Program, a Full Day Program, and School Aged Care. Our programs seek to educate the whole child, applying Montessori philosophy, in a family-oriented environment. The philosophy is based on the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) whose holistic vision of education focuses on the cognitive, social, emotional and physical needs of the child. For Dr. Montessori, and Juniper Early Learning Center, education is preparation for life.