Ready to Serve With Safety First

As an essential service provider during the pandemic, we know that we have an important role to serve in the community. Families count on us for reliable, quality care and we stand ready to fulfill that need. Even during uncertain times, our first priority is always the safety of students, families, and staff.

We are well-connected in the Montessori community and with organizations that support and serve the childcare industry. We are diligent about staying on top of the latest guidance from local, state, and federal authorities to inform thoughtful decisions and develop best practices for our program.

In response to the pandemic, we collaborated closely as a team and reconfigured our program to promote health and wellness for our students, families, and staff. These accommodations include increased cleaning and sanitation procedures facility-wide, seamless drop off and pick up, reduced class sizes, limited contact between groups, rearrangement of classrooms to encourage social distancing, and much more. You can review these commitments in more detail in our COVID-19 Practices and Procedures.

If you’re not quite ready for on-campus attendance, we are prepared to assist with your child’s growth and development at home with our Remote Learning Program. Connect with trained Montessori guides, participate in online circle time, borrow age-appropriate materials, and more – all for a flat, low monthly rate!

Meaghan’s Fight is Our Fight!

For over ten years, Ms. Meaghan Nichols has been a vibrant and beloved member of our teaching staff.  She spent her first several years in our Pre-Primary program, where she advocated vocally for the addition of a Montessori Infant program.  A few years back, she was instrumental in opening that program! Meaghan led a team of skilled caregivers to visualize the environment and ensure that care and consideration were given to every detail.  Most importantly, she welcomed families with open arms and made sure that every tiny student felt loved as her own.

Just a few short months ago, Meaghan finally became a new mom herself! It was the culmination of a lifelong dream and years of hopeful persistence. We couldn’t imagine a more loving and capable mama, and are beyond grateful that her baby boy is happy and healthy.

Unfortunately, the joy of Meaghan’s past year was clouded by a diagnosis of stage four metastatic melanoma. It’s been a difficult road, but Meaghan has been a constant source of humor and optimism throughout her pregnancy, diagnosis and ongoing treatment. She experienced a significant setback recently, when the rental she was staying in during her medical treatment in Los Angeles caught fire and required her to flee down 22 flights of smoke-filled stairs.

We recently supported Meaghan with the sale of t-shirts, and raised almost $800 for Meaghan, with the help of our community! Meaghan’s sister,  Ms. Katie Marchmonte (Head Teacher in Room B), is collecting pictures of supporters wearing Meaghan’s shirts to buoy her spirits and exemplify the love and support we all feel for her. Don’t forget to upload pics of your t-shirt to our Facebook page so you can be a part of this uplifting project!

Please consider following Meaghan’s journey (or making a direct donation) on the GoFundMe page created for her benefit. Thanks in advance for your care and support!

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Have You Seen Our Infant Program?

If you haven’t had a chance to take a peek at our Infant Program in Rooms 3 & 4, you’re in for a treat!  This lovely, peaceful classroom is adorned with natural materials, infant-sized furniture, inviting textures, and an unmistakeable home-like feel.  Opportunities abound for students to practice new skills (like stair climbing!) and to foster curiosity in the world around them (through activities like bird watching!).

Ms. Meaghan Nichols, Infant Head Teacher, brings several years of Montessori leadership experience to our newest age group, along with her trademark humor, warmth and enthusiasm.  We can’t think of anyone better suited to build a foundation of Montessori learning with students as young as 6 weeks of age.  Our students and their families seem to agree!

I have been very pleased with The Growing Place Montessori so far. My daughter recently started in the infant program and my wife and I couldn’t be happier. My wife and I both work full-time so finding a preschool with a great infant program was a must. When I toured TGPM I was almost instantly sold. The room was very clean but didn’t look plain and sterile like most other classrooms. The room was filled with learning tools and structures for playing, and when the Montessori method was explained to me by the owner, Dilip, it made complete sense and I wished I had been brought up like that. My daughter was immediately taken with the teacher Ms. Meaghan, who has been great to work with. I’m amazed at how much my daughter has learned and how fast she is learning. She’s excited to go to school each day and is even sad when it’s time to leave for the day! I would highly recommend The Growing Place Montessori to any parent. It’s a great place for children to grow and become independent.

-Ryan R., 3/28/18

Our youngest students are busy, busy, busy!  They may be small, but our infant students are learning to control their body movements, to communicate with others, to take care of their personal needs, and to express their feelings.  There’s no better place to grow these skills than in a loving, prepared environment full of enticing materials just their size.

It’s nothing short of amazing to see how quickly our infant students move from being helpless and dependent to moving freely and mastering the challenges placed before them!  To learn more about our infant program, plan a visit or read on.