Canvas Early Learning Center
An arts-based preschool
The Southwest Montana Arts Council is excited to open Dillon's only arts-centered Early Learning Center.
We have named it Canvas; just as a canvas is the foundation for a work of art, early childhood education is that same foundation for our children. With Canvas, SMAC hopes to continue to meet one of our primary goals:
to promote education and participation in the arts, with a particular emphasis
on the needs of the children in our region.
Canvas ELC accepts Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarships. For more information, visit their site or contact 406-723-4016.
The application for this scholarship is the responsibility of parents, not Canvas staff.
Canvas ELC is located at 120 N. Montana Street, Dillon, and can be reached at 660-3007.
Monthly Fee Schedule
Enrollment fees 2-year-old 3+-year-old
Full Day, 4-5 days/wk $575 $525
Full Day, 3 days/wk $375 $325
Full Day, 2 days /wk $275 $225
Morning, 4-5 days/wk $300 $275
Mornings, 3 days/wk $200 $175
Mornings, 2 days/wk $150 $125
Afternoon, 4-5 days/wk $275 $250
Afternoons, 3 days/wk $175 $150
Afternoons, 2 days/wk $125 $100
After school, 5 days/wk - $160
After school, 3 days/wk - $100
After school, 2 days /wk - $65
Canvas ELC staff
Aaron Cashmore, Director
Aaron ran the Head Start program in Dillon for 15 years and also worked at Curious Minds on the UMW campus.
In addition to her work with Canvas ELC, she teaches and advises in the Early Childhood Education program at UMW.
Randi Braddock, Lead Teacher
Randi has a degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education from the University of New Mexico.
She has experience as a daycare lead teacher and a first grade teacher.
Brooklyn Bennett, Assistant Teacher
Brooklyn has an associate of applied science degree in Education Studies from UMW and is currently pursuing her K-12 Art Education degree.
Christina Schmidt, Teacher Aide
Christina has a degree in Elementary Education from UMW. Her experience includes working as the
Environmental Education Coordinator at UMW's Birch Creek Center.
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The world is but a canvas to our imagination.
Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau