“Our care for the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.” —Maria Montessori
There is a gap in academic achievement among students according to family income. This income achievement gap has been established time and again, but according to extensive 2013 research, it has been widening for the past few decades.
This is why Montessori programs, like the ones we want to provide, are so vital. Montessori is the only academic model that eliminates the income achievement gap. Children succeed in the Montessori method, regardless of the income of their household.
Providing children with a firm foundation at an early age is a huge benefit to them when they enter into their grade school years. Since our programs will be for children of pre-school age, that is exactly what we hope to do: prepare children for achievement from an early age so they are better prepared to succeed in their academic endeavors for the rest of their lives.
This outcome makes sense, given Maria Montessori’s experience. She developed her educational models while working with the children in the slums of early 20th-century Rome, Italy. She saw what actually worked to unlock the children’s minds and enliven their natural curiosity. She saw them blossom as they were helped and encouraged to do things for themselves.
“The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind,” she said. That hope is realized, the promise fulfilled, if the child grows in an environment where they can flourish.
We hope to provide that for pre-school-aged children of our hilltop neighborhood, and we hope you will help us make that happen.