If you are a parent, grandparent or someone interested in improving education for our young children, please read this:
Founding Montessori schools in Cville and Lexington and interacting with Montessori children, parents and teachers, and now seeing the great contributions those students make to society has been my greatest joy. I was thrilled to hear the news below, which opens the door for our children ages 0-6 in public schools to benefit from the Montessori curriculum.
I hope that parents, teachers and our local school boards will do the work now needed to realize this dream for our community. We are fortunate that the Montessori Science program at UVA has led the way for wider accessibility to Montessori education. Montessori education is education for life that benefits character development as well as intellectual prowess. Please forward this news to those you know who may want to spearhead an effort to provide Montessori education in our public schools:
June 15, 2022 -- The Virginia Montessori Association (VMA) has succeeded in getting a thorough and authentic Montessori curriculum vetted and approved by the Virginia Department of Education for ages birth through 5. What this means is that Montessori schools that receive public funds will now be able to select "Montessori Birth through Five Curriculum: Virginia Montessori Association" as their approved curriculum, to continue to access public funds and serve the most vulnerable members of their communities.
This effort was the culmination of months of hard work by VMA, in partnership with the Montessori Science Program at the University of VA, the Montessori Public Policy Initiative (MPPI) and Fulton Montessori School.
"We are so proud to have been a part of this process," Fulton Montessori School said. "It has been two years in the making and Montessori organizations like us who are VA Child Care Subsidy vendors are happy to have this curriculum choice."
For questions or to get involved in advocacy for Montessori, please contact Corey Borgman. https://www.virginiamontessoriassociation.org/resources1.html