How Are the Children?

The Masai tribe of Africa, long renowned for their warrior spirit, has a traditional greeting that the community uses to gauge the health of the tribe. It is, quite simply, "How are the children?" The traditional response "The children are well" means that peace and safety prevail; the priorities of protecting the young and the powerless are in place; and that the people have not forgotten their reason for being, their proper function, and their responsibilities. At Family Star, our mission is to discover the child in an inclusive Montessori environment. We believe that each child is a unique gift with the power to the change the world. Providing a quality early childhood education, grounded in authentic Montessori, is how we help them learn, grow and begin to discover their own inner light. When the children are well, so are we.

We observe a child gaining the light of knowledge when they engage fully in their work, discovering the materials and in doing so, discovering themselves.

We witness a family getting stronger as they get the supportive services they need, from social and educational parent nights to family celebrations to access to community resources.

We feel community building with the powerful gifts each child, family and teacher brings to participate in making Family Star and their world a better place – lending hugs to friends having a rough day, sharing food at the table, and sharing their light with others.

Thanks to your support, we can proudly tell you "The children are well." This year, we:

  • Educated more than 340 children in our center-based & home-based programs,75% of whom are part of families living at or below the federal poverty level
  • Strengthened 291 families through our supportive services to ensure meeting basic needs won’t get in the way of children accessing a quality education
  • Built our community as one of just four programs selected for a nationwide study examining the impact of Montessori education with low-income families.

Despite our many successes, we faced challenges as well. The sequester and government shutdown both impacted our funding stream and our ability to fund the services that make us great. We weathered a projected budget shortfall of $600,000 of our $4 million annual budget and are very pleased to end our fiscal year with a positive outlook. Our parents, board and staff gathered to create a sustainability plan that will carry us forward in to the future… and we need your help to make it successful.

This year we ask you to make a gift to Family Star to help us discover the child. Here are some examples of what your donation to our operating fund supports:

  • A gift of $40 will help purchase books and supplies for a classroom, opening up a lifetime of learning and imagination
  • A gift of $100 will provide a home visit for a family, supporting parents as their child’s first teacher and helping them bring Montessori into their home
  • A gift of $350 will fund a field trip for one primary classroom, to help children learn about and engage in cultural experiences in their community
  • A gift of $800 will sponsor a teacher to gain additional Montessori training and certification and bring their knowledge back to our school
  • A gift of $1,250 will discover a child with tuition for a month

With your help, we will strengthen our high-quality programs to educate children, strengthen families and build community. Your gift truly makes a difference.

Please click here to make your donation today. And the next time someone asks you about Family Star, please join us in letting them know "The children are well."


Ginny's Signature

Ginny Trierweiler, Ph.D.

President & CEO

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