Montessori School on Edgewood, New Haven
March 2014. I strongly recommend to anyone with a child 0-5 years to consider MSOE. I cannot say enough for the strong structured education that they laid out for my children and are forever in my heart. As I write this, my kids are alumni. At the time I chose this school it was location and the montessori way they work with. I knew they would be challenged and they did get that and more from their rigorous schedule. The teachers they employ as well as the administration are amazing. I couldn’t ask for a more relatable, dedicated and nurturing team to help me raise my children. The full time hours are also a plus being that my commute was 20 min. I also value that they encourage parent participation in many ways and they have a very competitive tuition. Regardless, MSOE was the best investment for early education for my children by far and so grateful for their hard work. Jessica Z., parent
May 2012. Our 3-1/2 year old daughter began at Montessori on Edgewood 8 months ago. She is in a class for 3-4s although some of the kids are now turning 5. I chose Montessori on Edgewood because of the convenient location, positive interactions with staff, diversity that reflects our neighborhood, and because MSOE accepts Care4Kids. My daughter is there almost full time and is thriving. She seems very happy, the kids seem to get along well and the teachers seem to effectively teach and model problem solving and conflict resolution for them. The front desk area is welcoming and the receptionist is friendly and professional. I like the security that you sign your child in and out with a scan of your fingerprint (although I believe this is becoming more of a standard procedure in lots of preschools.) The teachers and administration offer LOTS of feedback, observations and invitation to participate – for example, parents were invited to attend a recent professional development day. I like the small teacher to kid ratio (I think it is 1:4). Some of the assistant teachers speak with a medium to strong accent (English is not their first language) and I have watched for any impact on my daughter’s language skills and pronunciation, but haven’t seen any. I have also really appreciated the student teachers who come through (perhaps part of their undergrad or MA program at nearby colleges/universities?) Overall I would highly recommend Montessori on Edgewood.
Jennifer H., parent
May 2011. Our son has been at the Montessori School on Edgewood since he was 11 months (he’s 32 months now) and we love it. The teachers are really wonderful and the whole environment is geared toward learning in the broadest sense. All of the teachers go through yearly Montessori training at the local community college. By next fall, one teacher at each level (infant, toddler, preschool) will have either finished or been through the classroom component of a Montessori certification program in New York. The school participates in the School Readiness program so when your child transitions to kindergarten an administrator from the school will discuss your child’s progress and needs with the new teacher.
The school is a non-profit that was begun by the Dwight Neighborhood Group to bring high quality, Montessori day care and pre-school to a neighborhood that traditionally was under-served. The school has a diverse mix of students and is well connected to the community. (For example, the new Stop and Shop has been running a free nutrition program at the school with children and parents.)
The tuition includes lunch, snacks and diapers. The daycare is open from 7:30-5:30. They do not offer part-time care.
The board for the school holds a fundraiser every year to raise money for teacher training. For more about the fundraiser and the school: http://kidhaven.com/schoolhaven/childcare-reviews/montessori-on-edgewood/
Ruth-Anne F.H., parent
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