Montessori Child Care Program
Maria Montessori began her professional life as Italy’s first female physician in the late 1890's. Using her keen scientific observation skills, she developed a theory of child development and education based on “following the child.” The Montessori approach is designed to assist children in acquiring the skills and self-confidence necessary to fulfill their potential. By building on interests, nurturing enthusiasm and respecting individual needs, children can achieve self-discipline, independence, self-mastery and a life-long love of learning. The philosophy is based on three equal components: the child, the adult and the environment.
Montessori philosophy states that young children possess an “absorbent mind” that allows them to easily assimilate information and understanding through all of the senses. Also, children have “sensitive periods” when their interests and abilities for acquiring certain skills are at a peak.
The role of the adult in a Montessori classroom is best described as a facilitator who observes the readiness and interest of the child and becomes the link between the child and the environment.
A Montessori classroom is a carefully prepared environment. Materials are specifically designed and chosen to provide a sequential, concrete and attractive curriculum. The opportunities for learning are extensive and appropriate to the child. Through touching and manipulating concrete materials and objects, children are introduced to basic concepts in mathematics, language, science and geography.
How Many Children Do You Serve and What are Their Ages?
The Center has six classrooms - one infant, two toddler and three preschool rooms.
Our classrooms are comprised of children of mixed ages and genders.
Is There a Wait List for Enrollment? How Long is It?
There is a consistent wait list for the center. SCH employees take preference in enrollment. Applications
will be put on the wait list, based on the date received. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee. While we have on-going enrollment, most of our new children are enrolled in the late summer/early fall (as our graduates leave the program, and space becomes open).
How Many Days Per Week Can a Child Come to the Center?
Children can attend the Center from two to five days a week. The specific days, and number, are determined based on the parent’s needs and classroom availability.