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We will conduct research that is among the first of its kind, and we will change the way that our nation’s young people learn and grow.
Dean Adrea Lawrence


We’ve reached our initial goal, but have some unmet priorities. You can help.

Phyllis J. Washington College of Education Addition
Early Childhood Education
Impact Fund

Early Childhood Education

With two new preschool classrooms, we now have accompanying space for UM student learning and observation. Gifts of all sizes help us purchase materials for an enriched preschool environment and underwrite a full-time Early Childhood Program Director.

Phyllis j. Washington college of education addition

The new wing of the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education building expands our early childhood education program significantly. With two new preschool classrooms, this new space further enhances student learning. UM student-teacher candidates receive the transformative experience of observing and participating in evidence-based practices in early childhood education. Among other exciting initiatives, this new building addition provides a full suite of classrooms and therapy rooms for the Department of Counseling, a state-of-the-art auditorium that can host large classes, statewide meetings and national conferences, and new offices for the Montana Digital Academy. Naming opportunities throughout the addition are available.

Impact fund

Impact Funds across campus help ensure UM’s excellence by providing unrestricted support where and when it is most needed. Your gift will help us provide the essential opportunities and resources that students and faculty need to thrive. Impact Funds are often the key to converting a strategic idea into meaningful action in the challenging and ever-changing landscape of higher education. Your gift will support faculty members attending professional conferences and presenting research or students in need of mentoring.

The Phyllis J. Washington College of Education is poised to become a national leader in the education of students throughout their lifespan. Through Campaign Montana, we aim to enrich our programs in early childhood education, counselor education and college readiness. We will fill a critical gap in innovative ways that best meets the needs of Montanans while adding to the broader body of work in the field.