Little Star opened its doors in 1982 under the guidance of Montessori teacher Rayma Hayes and an inspired group of Methow Valley parents seeking loving care and high quality early childhood education for their children. Rayma’s vision and inspiration from the Montessori philosophy formed the foundation of our school: a place where every child could thrive because their unique and innate qualities were respected and nurtured. Over the years, Little Star’s toddler and early childhood programs have become cherished institutions for families in the Methow Valley. Rayma served as Little Star’s Education Director and “Fairy Godmother” until she passed away in 2016. Her kindness and vision still guide our school culture and curriculum today.
In 2015, Little Star, Room One and the Methow Valley School District came together to assess our valley’s childcare needs. Through surveys and focus groups, we learned that there was a childcare crisis dramatically affecting parents, employers and the health of the Methow economy. In 2016, Little Star launched an ambitious capital campaign and with incredible support from our community we:
Doubled program capacity for children ages 0–6, adding the first-ever licensed infant care in the Methow.
Opened Little Star Twisp. Our new campus offers year-round infant and toddler programs and connects families with resources to help them thrive.
Expanded our campus in Winthrop. The new Galaxy Building features an indoor active space, a community kitchen and three new classrooms. We also doubled the size of our playground and added an infant and toddler-specific outdoor play area.
If you're interested in taking a tour of the school, meeting our wonderful teachers and learning more about what we're up to, give us a call at 509-996-2801.