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  • July 02, 2014 1:01 PM | Nancy NDCWebDesign (Administrator)

    Spring Valley Montessori School name is changed to "Montessori Academy at Spring Valley".

    Our teacher training program previously named Spring Valley Montessori Teacher Education Program will be changed to "Montessori Institute for Teacher Education at Spring Valley".

    There have been no changes to our programs, administration, or staff.

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    Spring Valley Montessori School name is changed to "Montessori Academy at Spring Valley".

    Our teacher training program previously named Spring Valley Montessori Teacher Education Program will be changed to "Montessori Institute for Teacher Education at Spring Valley".

    There have been no changes to our programs, administration, or staff.

    Visit our website at
  • June 17, 2014 4:54 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    Rule Change from the WA Department of Early Learning DEL

    On May 30, 2014, the Department of Early Learning filed the attached CR-103P rulemaking order and Washington Administrative Code (WAC) language for final adoption in the Washington State Register.  The adopted rules revise working connections and seasonal child care subsidy programs rules by defining the terms "preschool age child” and "school age child", including defining preschool age to include children six years of age and not attending school or kindergarten. DEL received comments during the public comment period regarding the rules as proposed. The attached Concise Explanatory Statement explains DEL’s response to the comments received.

    PNMA leadership has participated in this process through our collaboration with Suzie Hanson, Executive Director of WFIS, the Washington Federation of Independent Schools.  Together we testified at the public hearing in Olympia on May 27.  Also we urged your comments on the proposal during the process.  Thank you to all who read about the rule change and provided your comments.
  • May 26, 2014 10:43 AM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    Currently the Mayor’s Action Plan is with the City Council and a Ballot Ordinance will soon be introduced for a vote.

    For information about upcoming council meetings on the Seattle Preschool Program (where you can listen to council deliberations and testify), please see the council website’s Preschool page.

    Next week, the City Council will be holding a Public Hearing on the Seattle Preschool Program. The event will be on May 29th at 5:30pm at Jefferson Park Community Center. Please email if you need childcare for the event. Please join us.

    Rachel Schulkin

    Community Outreach Manager

    Preschool for All

    Office for Education

    700 5th Ave, Suite 1700

    P.O. Box 94649

    Seattle, WA 98124-4649
  • May 22, 2014 10:46 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    DEL is currently in the process of revising Chapters 170-295, 170-296A, and 170-290 of the Child Care Licensing Rules or Washington Administrative Code (WAC) to align with ECEAP, Early Head Start/Head Start and Early Achievers standards by the summer 2014.  This includes sections related to mixed age groups. The proposed rules and information about public hearings will be posted on the Rules Under Development and Rules Comment Page on May 7 and e-mailed to stakeholders.


    Public hearings will be scheduled for May 27-29. These dates are also the deadlines for public comment, so please be prepared to provide input by then. Comment can be made in person at the hearings, on the Rules Comment Page, by email to, or by fax at 360.586.0533. You may also sign up for e-mail notifications to receive more information and notices of rule changes.

  • April 22, 2014 6:32 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)
    Montessori - DEL advisory meeting this week.
    Thursday, April 24 from 1 to 3 pm 
    At Educare, 625 SW 100th Street, Seattle, WA 98146

    We will have an open discussion about issues and ideas related to early learning, licensing, and Early Achievers in the context of Montessori education in Washington state.  This meeting is hosted by Juliet Morrison who was a generous speaker at our March Forum at Geiger Elementary School in Tacoma. 
    You may r.s.v.p. to this message about your plans to attend or to send along any questions you wish to convey.

    We had an engaging time on December 2nd at our 1st advisory meeting.  This meeting was the first open advisory meeting with DEL that has addressed the issues of Montessori educators and we plan to meet once a quarter.  More educators are welcome. This also gave us a taste of the dynamic experience we can have as we learn to advocate for Montessori education and take the professional responsibility of our careers in Washington much more to come.

    We know of about 50 Montessori schools that are participating in Early Achievers.  This means we also have potential to bring together data on our experiences and prepare to advise along the way.

    One recent development concerning licensing in early learning centers is a pending change of wording on the age group.  The age of 5 years will soon be written as 6 years in the WAC guidelines on ratios.  This is intended to eliminate the hassle and misunderstandings that have been a perpetual nuisance at many sites and even have excluded some from licensing.

    As you may know this is an issue that has been in our talking points for several years and is one example of the work we can do by continuing to show up, build relationships, and speak for our profession! 
  • February 13, 2014 4:42 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    Make Your Voice Heard

    Dear Colleagues,

    The United States Departments of Education and Health and Human Services have just announced a new competition to “Build, Develop and Expand High-Quality Preschool Programs.” The two departments are soliciting public input on the competition until 5pm EST on February 26.

    We urge you to add your voice – and the collective voice of Montessori – to the conversation.

    This is a crucial opportunity for federal legislators and policymakers to learn about the strengths of an early childhood Montessori education and, most importantly, what hinders or facilitates its success in the public sector.

    For those of you who would like to submit comment, and we hope there are many, here is a link to the comment site at the DOE’s Homeroom Blog. There are a number of comments already posted that offer an idea of what kind of input various constituencies are offering.

    In addition, the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector (NCMPS) will be submitting comment and will incorporate input received through the contact form on the NCMPS homepage. The deadline for this is next Wednesday, February 19.

    Whether through the DOE’s website or NCMPS’s website, thank you for your participation in this process. It is an exciting and long overdue time in early education/preschool education, and NCMPS is committed to promoting high quality, fully implemented Montessori programming as a standard of care.

    Warmest Regards,
    Keith Whitescarver, Director
  • February 05, 2014 10:21 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)
    Open our News about the Montessori Community and pass it along to your colleagues.
    Use this information and the links to websites that prepare you for our Winter Forum!

  • January 09, 2014 6:08 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    Margo Rossano, founding director of Bellevue Montessori School and of Montessori Teacher College Northwest, a teacher-training course, died on December 24, 2013.

    Mrs. Rossano led a very full life and Montessori education was a large part of it.  In the mid-1960’s she was looking for a pre-school for her child.  After attending a series of lectures given at Seattle University by E.M. Standing, a biographer of Maria Montessori, Mrs. Rossano decided that she would open a Montessori school.

    Bellevue Montessori School opened in 1966 as the first Montessori school on Seattle’s Eastside.  Nine years later, in 1975, an elementary program was begun.  Both programs continue today.

    In the early 1980’s, Mrs. Rossano, along with Dorothy Carlson, began Montessori Teacher College Northwest, a teacher-training course.  Educating students and future Montessori teachers was a calling and a passion until her retirement in 1992. 

    Mrs. Rossano was also active in regional and national Montessori organizations.  She was involved in NCME, the National Center for Montessori Education, which has now merged into the American Montessori Society.  Mrs. Rossano was instrumental in the formation of MACTE, an organization which instituted standards and oversees teacher-training courses throughout the country. She was also involved in the early years of PNMA.

    Margo and Russ settled in Bellevue after moving around the country for Russ's work with the Public Health Service.  When their youngest daughter Teresa was about three, Margo searched for a good preschool in the area and didn't find anything that resonated with her.  She immersed herself in studies of the Montessori methodology and brought trainers over from England to train Montessori teachers and began a little school in downtown Bellevue.  The school later grew and Margo and Russ planned a new school at its present location.  Margo later started an NCME teacher education program to meet the needs of her growing school and over the years mentored many Montessori students and families.  AMS honored Margo for inspiring so many schools in the Greater Seattle area.  Margo left a beautiful legacy of professionalism in our Montessori community in Washington State and worked on many boards and committees at the national level.

    Mrs. Rossano’s legacy will forever live on in the school she founded and in the lives of the students, families and teachers she touched.  

    Jeannine Hanson

    "The child should love everything he learns. Whatever is presented to him must be made beautiful and clear."
    - Maria Montessori

  • January 02, 2014 9:16 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)
    The largest effort ever to collect data on Montessori programs in the United States is underway. The 2013-2014 USA Montessori Census is a collaborative effort between all major Montessori associations in the USA.  

    The Montessori School Census will, for the first time, provide authoritative information on the size, location and organization of Montessori education in the USA.   We need your help so that we can answer key questions such as:

    How many….
    • Montessori schools are there really in the United States?
    • Montessori schools in the USA are private and how many operate in the public sector?
    • Students do our schools currently serve?
    • Montessori teachers are practicing in the USA?
    • Montessori schools offer programs at infant-toddler, early childhood, elementary, middle school, and high school?

    Then view the map state by state.
  • December 06, 2013 3:18 PM | Nancy NDCWebDesign (Administrator)
    Contact: Mary Moore

    Montessori Forward is a new website supported by AMS and AMI to keep
    everyone informed about happenings in each state regarding the Quality
    Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS).

    If you want to get updates on the blog go to

    Here is a portion of the latest posting:

    Montessori Forward
    Ready or Not, Here it Comes
    Posted: 04 Dec 2013 03:12 PM PST

    Why should we continue to care about QRIS? It's voluntary, right? It's only
    for public schools, right? It's only about schools that want government
    funding, right?

    Wrong on all counts! What it is, ultimately, is about the definition and
    assessment of "high quality."


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