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It was a Sunday in Rome, the Feast of the Epiphany.  After five days of record low temperatures, the mercury had suddenly climbed to the mid-40s (8 Celsius) , providing some relief for the families in the Eternal City’s newest housing project by San Lorenzo cathedral.

In early December, an energetic 36 year old physician had begun living and working there, creating open spaces on the first floor of the tenement, laying out gardens in the barren interior courtyard, and laboring alongside carpenters, plasterers and painters to “make a sanctuary” for the sixty children whose lives revolved around the small government-assigned apartments at 58 Via dei Marsi.   Working as an agent charged with establishing healthcare in the district, the doctor quickly assessed that the health and welfare of the district’s children was the most urgent matter, and broadened the project’s scope accordingly.  The doctor was a woman...

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We understand the journey that you and your child are taking.  Beyond our work as Montessori educators and early childhood specialists, we're parents and siblings, informed by our own developmental paths, constantly learning and growing.  The search for beautiful and lively early childhood education is familiar to our faculty and staff.  It's what led us to the Montessori method in the first place.  And it's what brought you here.

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We know the deep and lasting value of early childhood education.  We also know that an authentic Montessori Primary Program with trained and certified faculty tends to cost more per month than daycare.  At Maria’s House, we believe that excellence isn’t exclusive.  Click here to explore our grants and aid page, or talk with us directly to see what we’re doing to keep real Montessori affordable.

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Completed in 1874 and dedicated to service as an orphanage in 1907, the Fretz Mansion is the perfect setting for Montessori.  Take a two minute tour (with audio) here.

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Spend a few minutes with our executive director, Laine Walker, as she reflects on the Montessori experience at Maria's House.

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Summer 2021

Development doesn't take the summer off.  Neither do we.  Click here to visit the Ponte Montessori section of our website or to reserve your weeks in our remarkable summer session.

Our fully-Montessori 2021 summer session is right around the corner!
You can learn more about Ponte Montessori, schedule a tour,
or register for one, two, more or all of our seven weeks
clicking here and exploring the Ponte section of our website.

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