The mother of a five-year-old son, Rosie was beginning to look at educational opportunities in Missoula. She knew she wanted Aaron to attend a school that reinforced and perpetuated her values and parenting style. Her dream for her son's early childhood learning experience was a continuation of the purposeful, nurturing and empathetic environment she promoted as a mother.

From those early meetings, the school began to develop its principles — parent involvement, collective decision making, cooperation, respect. These principles continue to guide the growth and operations of CFS.