Montessori Garden has been serving preschool aged children and their families in the north end of Seattle for over 30 years. Housed in the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s John B. Allen School, they provide high-quality childcare and learning for children ages 2 1/2 – 6 years old. The curriculum is anchored in the Montessori method of education and also incorporates a rich Creative Dramatics program.
Saturday, January 8th is their quarterly open house from 10 – 11:30am, and interested parents are asked to please RSVP for the event here (soon – 30 of 45 slots have been taken as of this writing). This event is adult only. Come and hear about Montessori Garden’s program, meet the teachers and tour the classrooms.
Montessori Garden was owned by Kathleen Wilson in 1976. In a small brick house in Maple Leaf, Kathleen and her crew of dedicated early childhood professionals educated thousands of 3, 4 and 5 year olds. In the late 90’s two of those employees began a long friendship and future partnership. In 2010 with Kathleen’s mentorship, Amy Jeffries and Megan Menis bought the business and moved to the current location in the brick building at Phinney Center.
Amy and Megan have held true to Kathleen’s original vision of a traditional Montessori preschool with a Creative Arts focus. Children at Montessori Garden have the opportunity to learn with seasoned staff in the Montessori and the Creative Dramatics classrooms. Spanish and Creative dance specialists round out the week with a visit every Friday. The program uses green cleaning products and serves healthful snacks and a catered lunch from Fare Start. Montessori Garden has been open and providing safe care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although the pandemic has created many challenges for Amy and Megan’s business, they feel confident that as young children become vaccinated they will slowly move toward more normalcy. If you have a have a 2 1/2 – 6 years old in need of childcare or a toddler that will need this in the coming years, RSVP and come by on Saturday!