School Temporarily Closed for the Health and Safety of our Community

These are unprecedented times, and we appreciate your patience and understanding during this public health crisis as we take thoughtful action to do our part to keep our students, staff, and community safe.   Since the COVID-19 coronavirus first emerged in California, we have followed the guidance of our public health agency partners in taking preventative measures in our schools.  As this situation continues to evolve, public health experts now believe the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in San Diego County and California will grow, and we reached a point where the appropriate path was to close schools.
After careful deliberation, and following the announcement from local public school districts throughout Southern California, The Growing Place Montessori closed effective Monday, March 16th until further notice.   We will continue to carefully monitor this very dynamic public health situation and will update our families as needed. In the meantime, we will be providing virtual school tours that may be scheduled here.
Child care centers and schools are essential to communities.  We know that an extended closure will cause challenges for many families in our community who rely on us to care for their children while they are working.  Given the seriousness of the current situation, we firmly believe that this decision is the best one we can make given all available information and keeping the best interests of our students, staff, community, and health care systems at the forefront.
We thank you for your patience and trust as our community works together to maintain some sense of normalcy in these difficult times.  During this closure, families should follow the guidance of public health agencies, including staying home and minimizing social contact as much as possible.  These next few weeks will be difficult and we are not certain what lies ahead after that.  We will continue to do our best to keep you informed.  Facts and circumstances are likely to continue to change rapidly, so we encourage you to monitor public health agency announcements for the most updated information:
We encourage you to communicate with your child in age-appropriate ways about COVID-19, and recommend this helpful resource from the National Association of School Psychologists.
Thank you for your support and cooperation.
With gratitude,
The TGPM Leadership Team


POSTPONED: Open House | Fri., March 20, 6-7PM

For the safety of our students, families, and community, we are following the recommendations of the Governor and public health authorities to suspend nonessential gatherings on our campus until further notice, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks in advance for your understanding and support! We will reschedule our Open House at the earliest possible opportunity.

Curious about what’s going on inside of our classrooms? We are just wrapping up a few remodeling projects and classroom upgrades, and are excited to share our hard work with the community! We’re holding an open house on Friday, March 20 from 6-7PM, and you’re invited!


Come on over to check out our beautiful new toddler classrooms, our lovely and serene infant environment, our inviting and home-like Primary classrooms, and our engaging outdoor play areas. A teacher from each age group will be onhand to answer questions and show folks around.

This is a wonderful opportunity to demystify what “Montessori” is all about, to connect with other families in the community, and to learn more about how our educational approach fosters capable, well-rounded students and sets the foundation for a lifetime love of learning. Feel free to bring along any friends or family members who may be curious. We hope to see you there!

Stay informed about events like these and be among the first to learn about future openings as they arise by joining our interest list.

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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Catching Up with TGPM Alumni : Alexandria Hunter

My name is Alexandria Hunter and I’m a twenty year old college student studying Theatre Arts and Business Management at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.

How did you feel about hands on learning?

Montessori education was my foundation, I didn’t know anything else until I was in 7th grade. Hands on learning was my norm, and it wasn’t until I entered a public school halfway through middle school that I realized how effective hands-on learning had been for me. Using materials like golden beads in the Montessori classroom assisted me in building my math skills, especially because I have a hard time visualizing numbers in my head. I needed to see evidence in front of me in order to make connections. I’m also aware that this method doesn’t work for everyone, but I think as a foundation for young minds, it’s helpful in making those connections between what’s in your head and what’s in your hands, especially since what’s in our hands is our main focus when we’re younger.

What is your opinion of Montessori now that you’ve had experience in other learning environments since?

“I’ve attended multiple schools, all with different learning styles: Public, Montessori, Project-Based, and Homeschool. I was exposed to many different approaches to education. I think all of these styles hold their own strengths, but none of them can supply a child with as strong of a foundation as Montessori. Montessori solidifies the essential skills and habits that young minds need in order to grow and fall in love with learning.”  


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.