MCC is a supportive community, applauding the individual and diverse gifts of children and adults. As a dedicated, authentic Montessori program, we recognize the child as the foundation of peace. To that end, our classrooms are safe and nurturing environments where the child is allowed to explore and discover his or her unique place in the world. Our Montessori teaching enables us to strive to understand the individual needs of each child in our care, including their physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs, while we create an interdependent community to help propel success and support development.
Our environments are aesthetically designed to invite the child to learn with a full heart, mind, and spirit. We work closely with families to support and nurture the healthy development of children. Our teachers are supported and sustained with on-going Montessori training and professional development in a warm, familial environment that inspires dedication and personal growth.
As a small business, we contribute to the local economy by using local resources and drawing employees and business support from the surrounding area.
Offering the highest quality in childcare and education services appropriate to the needs of the communities we serve, our program is designed to invite the child to learn with a full heart, mind, and spirit, and to support and nurture the parents and teachers who surround each child on their important journey from infancy to early childhood.
Our logo exemplifies the ideals of our Center. We are, at our heart, a Montessori Center, supporting the children in our care, at each level of their development—infant, toddler, early childhood—as they reach their potential. We aim to assist them as they grow toward independence, confidence, and self-esteem, and to help each develop a lifelong habit of learning, curiosity, and collaboration.
It is the light of their natural intelligence that we look to nurture.
The Montessori Children’s Center was opened in 1991 at the invitation of Maureen Ryan-Carr, the Assistant Administrator of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital. Maureen invited Carole Wolfe Korngold, Director and Founder of the Center for Montessori Education|NY (CME|NY), to bring Montessori to the grounds of the hospital in the form of Montessori childcare for the employees of the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and the surrounding White Plains community. Maureen wanted to provide a deeper educational curriculum with the childcare that was present on the Burke campus in order to improve the benefits Burke Rehabilitation Hospital would be providing their employees. She felt the excellence in rehabilitation care provided by the hospital should be matched by the excellence of childcare offered on the Burke campus for the children and grandchildren of Burke staff and the surrounding community.
CME|NY moved its offices to the premises of the Burke campus and began to oversee the newly opened, redesigned Montessori Children’s Center, providing full-time, year-round childcare for children as young as three months old and continuing through five years of age.
In addition to directing the Montessori Children’s Center, CME|NY has a teacher education program for Montessori teachers. CME|NY offers Infant and Toddler (birth to 3 years), Early Childhood (ages 2.5 – 6), training as well as a Course in Montessori School Management & Leadership (CMSM) for current school heads, principals, and school leaders.
CME|NY serves as a resource for many Montessori schools, providing workshops, consultations, and training to independent, public, and charter schools throughout the United States. The Montessori Children’s Center immediately became a model center. Educators visited from all over the country and the world, to see how Montessori could be translated into a full-time childcare program.
Over the years, the Montessori Children’s Center has undergone some changes but remained constant in our commitment to authentic Montessori education. We were moved to the White Building when the Burke House was being renovated. MCC returned to the current location, at the Billings Building, in 2001, but the CME|NY offices remained behind in the White Building. In 2010, then Director, Deirdre Fennessy, won a grant for the renovation of the playground.
Our Director, Maria Francella, has had strong ties to CMTE throughout her Montessori career, starting with her credential training in Infant and Toddler Montessori.
K.T. Korngold has been CEO since 2011. She brings with her a lifetime of dedication to authentic Montessori principles and practices and a long connection with the programs of CME|NY. K.T. was instrumental in the original design of the Montessori Children’s Center. K.T. is a certified AMS CMTE|NY Infant and Toddler specialist and wrote a column for Tomorrow’s Child entitled “Bringing Montessori Home.” K.T. received her AMS CMSM credential in July, 2013. As a child, K.T. was part of the model classroom of the first Montessori education program for Head Start teachers in the United States, a training that Carole initiated in Albany, NY in 1967. As CEO of and the Center for Montessori Education|NY, K.T. helps ensure that the symbiotic relationship between adult and child education continues to support the best experiences in Montessori.