YOUR GIFT WILL MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.
Your gift to the Montessori Center of Minnesota (MCM) will help give children and their families access to the transformative power of Montessori education.
Today, more than ever, children need access to safe and supportive opportunities to learn.
But many of the children and families we serve are facing incredible challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That's why we've launched our first-ever Cornerstone Montessori School (CMS) Scholarship Campaign, and we need your help.
With a vision of growing a community of multicultural and economically diverse families and children, CMS operates year-round on the MCM campus and provides nurturing Montessori learning environments for children aged 16 months to 6 years, as well as parent engagement and outreach programs in the community.
More than 60% of children enrolled at CMS receive tuition assistance in the form of state, county, and/or MCM scholarship funding. This support is vital to those who are facing new economic barriers due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Many families are requesting new or increased scholarship support due to job losses and other financial hardships, and the need is growing.
It is only with your support that we can meet these increased needs, and ensure that no child is turned away due to a lack of ability to pay.
Thank you for joining us in this important work! Any amount makes a difference, and we are so grateful.
ABOUT THE MONTESSORI CENTER OF MINNESOTA (MCM)
All humanity working for the common good in our shared world.
Transformation -- Provoking powerful change on behalf of the child.
Work -- Engaging in meaningful and purposeful activity.
Community -- Building connections to foster human solidarity.
Intentionality -- Bringing clarity and thoughtfulness to all we do.
Civility -- Acting with respect, courtesy and compassion.
For more than 45 years, the internationally-recognized Montessori Center of Minnesota has provided rigorous, high-fidelity hands-on teacher training in Dr. Montessori’s proven method of education.
Our internationally recognized Montessori experts train teachers and assistants at the (ages 3–6) and Elementary (ages 6–12) levels, with a goal of narrowing achievement gaps by making Montessori education accessible to all, especially children who are underserved.
In 2016, the U.S. Department of Education found “strong evidence that students of color benefit from having teachers and leaders who look like them as role models.” Nationwide, 82% of teachers are white; in Minnesota, the figure is 96%. Our goal is to increase the number of diverse teachers, and we are making real progress. An average of more than 40% of the students in our training programs identify as members of the global majority.
In 2008, we opened Cornerstone Montessori School (CMS), which now serves over 50 children and families from financially and economically diverse backgrounds. In 2011, we expanded our campus to house Cornerstone Montessori Elementary School, a separate free public charter that serves more than 140 children in grades K- 6.
Our collective work also extends beyond our walls. MCM’s outreach programs, like our Montessori Partners Serving All Children (MPSAC) initiative, are community-rooted and provide support for schools as well as less-conventional educational settings. Our goal is collaboration–working in culturally responsive ways with partners to strengthen bonds between home, school, and community. The financial support and technical assistance provided by MCM, including social work and teacher mentorship, supports our community partners in building and managing their own educational offerings for children and families.
As of fall 2020, MPSAC works with ten partner schools, serving more than 350 children annually, and two new schools are in the pipeline. More than 89% of children at MPSAC schools identify as being of the global majority, and more than 80% qualify for free or reduced lunch.
Learn about MCM at: www.montessoricentermn.org