We provide the whole package
We are the whole package. And that package is different. It has not been done by others. We have discovered a different way of addressing early childhood care and education that we think is a solution to the woes of our current education system. This is remarkable and it’s changing our community.”
Deborah Silvis, Montessori Director
Family Star provides the highest level of Montessori education for children from 0-6 years, along with comprehensive services including health, nutrition and disability care.
Family Star’s roots come from a commitment to providing an uncompromising, authentic Montessori education for all students, 0-6. Not only do we recruit the most qualified teachers, but we also have all of the traditional Montessori tools that make our program successful.
Dual Language Learning
In order to support children’s potential to be fluently bilingual, we implement a dual language learning approach for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The teaching strategies we employ vary depending on the ages and skill level of the children being taught, however the same general principles apply at all age levels. These principles are referred to as One-Person-One-Language (OPOL).
This research based approach entails that each adult in the child’s life speak only one language to the child. In order to support this, we designated at least one teacher in each classroom to speak Spanish and at least one teacher to speak English to the children. This exposes children to both languages simultaneously at a time when their brains are the most open to acquiring oral language.
Benefits of dual language learning in the early years are:
- Language-minority students achieve higher outcomes in school- helps close the achievement gap
- Cognitive skills across learning domains are enhanced by learning two languages
- Community is strengthened by supporting an inclusive bilingual experience for children and families
For additional details:Dual Language Learning
Finest Quality Teachers
We are one of very few Early Head Start grantees in the country with trained, certified Montessori teachers in infant and toddler Montessori classrooms. We are fortunate to have a long standing relationship with The Montessori Institute and Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) training center in Denver. Our infant and toddler teachers receive their teacher training and certification through this training program, and we receive annual consultations from AMI trainers in our classrooms, in addition to serving as an observation site for student teachers-in-training.
We have no geographic boundaries in our recruiting program. Our teachers come from the throughout the U. S. and many other countries. We are seeking the best teachers, regardless of where they reside.Family Star Teachers
Family Star is committed to all children with diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. We pride ourselves on our inclusivity and diversity, and are proud to be a program of choice for children with disabilities. And, we have a well-qualified staff to provide health, nutrition and disabilities care.Classroom Diversity
Student to Teacher Ratios
We are consistently above state licensing standards when it comes to student to teacher ratios, and far better than public school ratios. It is our belief that the more attention we can give our students, the better the outcomes.
Bright, Spacious Classrooms
Children love to come to school because of the open, free environment at Family Star. Classrooms are designed to inspire students, make them feel welcome, and motivate them to want to learn.