What Makes Us Different
Family Star is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, which is the highest possible accreditation for early childhood programs.
Family Star Montessori’s roots come from a commitment to providing an uncompromising, authentic Montessori education for all students, ages two months to six years. We recruit the most qualified teachers and fill our classrooms with the best Montessori tools. Our classrooms are designed with child-sized furniture and materials so that the children may move and work independently.
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 strive to place in each of our classrooms at least one teacher who speaks Spanish and at least one teacher who speaks English. This exposes children to both languages simultaneously at a time when their brains are the most open to acquiring oral language.
Diversity & Inclusion
Family Star Montessori is committed to children and families of all backgrounds and abilities. We pride ourselves on our inclusivity and diversity, and are proud to be a program of choice for children with disabilities.
Family Star Montessori also provides a home-based program that uses the evidence-based curriculum Parents as Teachers. Services support underserved families including undocumented families, stay-at-home parents, pregnant mothers, and families that experienced loss of employment or childcare.
Parent Educators provide weekly home visits for families with infants and toddlers to provide child development and parenting information, coaching, and support. All of our center- and home-based comprehensive services ensure that a child’s home life will support their ability to focus, learn, create, and socialize in school.
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.
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. Our Nido and Infant Community Classrooms have a ratio of 1:4 with a maximum of 8 students, and our Primary Classroom has a ratio of 1:10 with a maximum of 20 students.
Honesty & Integrity
We believe in transparency and providing you with the full picture of our organization.