Mountain Sprouts (MSCC) was founded by a small group of Upper Valley parents that were in need of full-day child care, but didn't want to sacrifice the benefits of a preschool curriculum. As the group brainstormed a solution, they realized the opportunity to create the school of their dreams. Learning through art, nature, and motion was a key concept agreed upon by all. Match this concept with experienced, certified teachers and a magical mountainous setting, and the basic idea was set.
The plan was developed and soon the group sought out a location for the school. A partnership was born upon discovery of an available space in the Art Barn at Tierra Learning Center. There was still a lot of work to be done, both logistically and structurally. The state licensing department told the group to expect about 2 years of work to get MSCC licensed and running. Yet three months later, in October of 2009, this particular set of determined parents created and opened Mountain Sprouts Children's Community.
MSCC received non-profit status in June 2011 and the school continues to operate as a non-profit childcare governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of parents and community members.
Over the years families, teachers, directors and board members have come and gone, all leaving their mark of love and continually strengthening both our program and the administration of it.
Mountain Sprouts made our first big addition to our program in June 2012 when Teacher Chelsey Diamond-Bowen with Director Naomi Bull founded our Summer Camp program. Inspired by our founding families whose now school age children needed care in the summer, we began week long camps in Barn Canyon just outside our Art Barn.
Our second big addition came in February of 2017 when the we envisioned a partnership with Wenatchee River Institute to offer our nature immersion program to families in need of part time or irregular care. With the Wenatchee Riverfront as our new home in the Red House at WRI, we were able to give a less expensive, closer, more flexible option of our program to families. This new program grew the name Willow and our original, full day program grew the name Evergreen.
Our third big addition is coming September 2018! MSCC staff and board dreamed of building a second classroom when our Evergreen met capacity and we had to start a wait list. Working with the Tierra Learning Center community we have designed a remodel of the Art Barn to add a second classroom. With many thanks to Tierra, we anxiously await our new classroom and next year's families!