Specialty Units

Learning and Belonging (LAB) Preschool

The Learning and Belonging (LAB) Preschool has been a part of the University of Montana campus and the larger Missoula community for over 60 years. In October 2009, our program moved into the beautiful new Phyllis J. Washington Education Center where we have a large, open classroom surrounded by windows and doors leading onto a covered porch. Materials and furnishings are arranged in learning centers designed for small groups of children. These centers include block play, art, writing, science and discovery, math, dramatic play, and sensory. In addition, we have a spacious observation room for UM students and a seminar room with the latest in state-of-the-art technology.

University of Montana Safe Schools Center

The UM Safe Schools Center was endorsed by the Superintendent of Montana's Office Public Instruction in 2005 and approved by the Montana University System Board of Regents in 2006.  However, our organization has been working since 1999, providing training, research, and professional development services to schools and communities across Montana and the U.S.

National Native Children's Trauma Center

The National Native Children’s Trauma Center (NNCTC) is a Category II Treatment and Service Adaptation Center within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Our center provides national expertise on childhood trauma among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children and offers training and consultations to community agencies, tribal programs, clinicians, school personnel, technicians, and families on the impacts and prevention of childhood traumatic stress.

Montana Victim Advocate Academy (MVAA)

The Montana Victim Advocate Academy (MVAA) is a 40-hour, 5-day residential course intended to provide essential victim advocate training across the range of crimes and systems. The Basic Academy, designed for individuals with less than 3 years of experience, is appropriate for all victim advocates working for governmental or nonprofit agencies. The Academy uses National Victims Assistance Academy curriculum materials adapted to meet the needs of advocates practicing in Montana. Participants will gain knowledge and skills to better serve victims and survivors of crime.

Montana Digital Academy

The Montana Digital Academy (MTDA) is specifically designed to provide unique educational opportunities to Montana students and schools. Need to make up a core class? MTDA offers many of the basics. For students looking for a new challenge, we offer AP* classes. We also have elective courses that expose students to subjects that may not be available in their local schools. MTDA puts no limits on learning. Students can access coursework whenever and wherever they want. This way course conflicts are completely eliminated allowing more students to graduate on time.