colorful handprints

drawing of children from diverse cultures who are holding balloons with depictions of flags from their native countries

After 41 wonderful years, Park Forest Montessori school will close in June 2019. Rose Park is retiring and there will be a celebration in her honor:

All alumni and their families are invited to our Alumni Picnic, Sunday, June 9 at Tudek Park from noon - 2PM. Pavilions 1&2. Bring your own picnic. Teachers will be at Pavilion 1.

A warm, caring and supportive preschool and kindergarten, located in State College, Pennsylvania.

We believe that children have a natural curiosity and love for knowledge, and that the goal of education is to cultivate the child’s own natural desire to learn. Our program implements an approach to the child based on respect for each child's uniqueness. We support diversity and inclusiveness and we look at the strengths in others—each child's own talents, thoughts and ideas.

Dr. Maria Montessori, the first female physician in Italy also renowned for her approach to childhood education, felt that children should choose their own work—learn by doing things for themselves, specifically through the use of their hands and senses—and should have an environment to help them perfect all their natural tools for learning. She thought that the most important period of life is from birth to age six, when the child’s mind absorbs and develops from its environment. Like Dr. Montessori, we believe that there are special sensitive periods when it is easier for a child to learn a particular skill than at any other time in life.

Park Forest Montessori School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin in admission of students or in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship program, and other school-administered programs.