Shinning Mountains Montessori School

Shining Mountains Montessori School’s mission is to provide safe, nurturing, peaceful,
and exploratory environments designed for children’s developmental needs and
successes. We are a licensed Large Child Care Center, serving 2.5 – 6 year old’s during
the Academic Year. Our max capacity is 20 children at one time. SMMS follows the
BVSD School Calendar and are open Monday – Friday, 7.30 am – 5.30 pm.
SMMS’s learning methodology is based on the Montessori approach to learning and
living. Place-based and outdoor education connects our school setting with the wonders
the Arkansas River Valley.
A group of knowledgeable, passionate families and individuals were seeking solutions
to Chaffee County’s child care crisis, worsened by the Covid-19 epidemic. Spearheaded
by Lisa Lamb, a certified Montessori educator and BV resident of 9 years, Shining
Mountains Montessori School (SMMS) received planning support from the Chaffee
County Early Childhood Council, community leaders, and business owners. With
advocacy from the Small Business Development Corporation, the Town of Buena Vista
Phillip proposed SMMS to lease the previous BV Chamber of Commerce location, the
St. Rose of Lima Chapel at 343 US Hwy 24 S. The building lay vacant as the Chamber
of Commerce relocated to a more visible location on Main Street in BV in April 2021.
SMMS received $50,000 through Colorado’s Emerging and Expanding Child Care Grant
Program. These helped cover start-ups costs, including materials, furniture, interior/exterior renovations, and teacher training. We opened our doors on April 18th,
2022 for a Soft-Opening. Summer Camp programming follows, with our official
Academic Year commencing end of August 2022.
Shining Mountains Montessori School is named in honor of long-time Buena Vista
residents and Montessori rockstars, Sonnie McFarland and the late Dr. Jim McFarland.
Their first Montessori offering, Shining Mountains Montessori Children’s Center, was a
thriving school created in Pueblo, Colorado in the 1970s. Their publishing company is
named Shining Mountains Press; multiple books, including Honoring the Light of the
Child and Montessori Parenting, have guided classrooms and families around the world.

 

Shinning Mountains Montessori School

Shinning Mountains Montessori School
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Shinning Mountains Montessori School
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719-966-5454
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