Children’s House, A Montessori Preschool was founded in January 1990 by Janell Jewett. Having done her Montessori studies in London, England she wanted to bring a Montessori educational opportunity to the children and their families of Rapid City. Children’s House opened its doors to one class of 5 preschool children and one teacher. It has grown to a maximum enrollment of 135 children in 5 classes with 6 teachers. With the growth, kindergarten classes and elementary classes were quickly added and Children’s House, A Montessori Preschool soon became Children’s House Montessori School.
What began in a little house with a small back yard on Clark Street, moved to its current location in the summer of 1996. With over 1 ½ acres of wooded land, a completely renovated primary building, a new addition to the elementary building, two playground areas, a sledding hill, pumpkin and butterfly gardens and a playhouse, Children’s House continues to offer learning opportunities for the young people of Rapid City.
Children’s House Montessori became a State accredited school in 2001 and adheres to the requirements set down by the South Dakota Department of Education while following the tenets of a Montessori curriculum using Montessori materials.
Children's House Montessori became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2010. With the help of parents and community members, and under the leadership of current BOD President, Tricia Hoeke, CHM has increased enrollment, added programs and continues to be a vital member of the Rapid City community serving families seeking a quality, personalized educational experience for their child.