Infant

8 Weeks to 18 Months

Each infant in our care is a precious individual whose development is to be nurtured and celebrated. Every detail of the beautiful, calming environment is selected with the child’s holistic growth in mind. Our highly-trained infant and toddler specialists convey a deep respect for your child and the incredible learning that occurs in the first months of life, and provide a consistent, peaceful ‘2nd home’ where babies can explore and feel secure. Teachers speak in gentle tones, the pace is unhurried, and the decor understated and homelike. Learning materials and activities support the natural learning that occurs at this age. Parents are also supported through coaching and learning opportunities.

Take a look inside our Infant Program

“The greatness of the human personality begins at the hour of birth.”
(The Absorbent Mind, p. 4)

Overview

Our Infant program, designed for children from eight weeks to 18 months, offers a beautiful, sunlit, spacious, safe and secure environment that is custom designed for infants to explore. Within this safe harbor, they enjoy freedom of movement to discover and interact, all the while developing gross and fine motor skills like grasping, reaching, and climbing.

Developmental Milestones

At this age, children are building motor skills such as crawling, sitting, standing and taking their first steps. They are also learning to communicate through actions and sounds. Emotionally, this is an important age where infants learn to build trust in the environment as well as with their caregivers. Developmentally, the brain is growing and making rapid synaptic connections.

Curriculum Highlights

Our Infant Center is not merely child care; it is a program designed to fully develop the potential in each child based on the needs of infants, staffed by loving, highly-trained developmental experts. These experts base their approach on a deep respect for childhood and the partnership between parents and educator. The center is rich with age-appropriate materials that build and challenge cognitive and sensory abilities.

Schedules

Due to Covid-19, our school has adjusted program hours for the 2020-21 academic year. The Infant program is open Monday–Friday from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM. There is a minimum enrollment of three days per week with at least six hours per day.

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What Parents Are Saying

Princeton Montessori is the very epitome of the principles of Maria Montessori. The School offers a nurturing, creative, academic, and well-rounded development for each child. As a parent, we cannot offer our daughter a more valuable first gift.

The faculty are, bar none, the absolute best. The teachers are very knowledge both about the Montessori philosophy and the best ways to work with children. I ask for their advice and insight for any issues we’re having at home, quite often. They’re also incredibly warm and nurturing with the children in a way I have not seen at any other school.

I’m struck by how much better the Montessori toddlers are at playing and working peacefully with their peers than toddlers in other nursery school programs. I credit the gifted PMonts teachers, and the Princeton Montessori educational approach, for how confident, happy, and collaborative toddlers in the PMonts program seem.

Landon is so proud of being a third year Primary. He has attended this incredible school since he was one year old. He had absolutely wonderful Toddler teachers and flourished under their care. Now, he is a third year Primary and we know he will be more than ready for Lower Elementary. Thank you to all the Teachers & Staff!

The school runs with one philosophy and so every faculty member and admin personnel share the same vision for the child. This consistency is unique in our area to Princeton Montessori. Combined with the integration of the teacher training program, we can proudly say that the spirit of Dr. Montessori’s principles permeates every aspect of our school. That’s what I value the most about our school!

Education is both a gift and a right. I feel the teachers at PMonts help our children to appreciate the value of their education. Understanding the value involves looking beyond school and appreciating how education is a tool that will allow them to explore challenging goals, to grow as individuals and most importantly, chase their dreams.

I will never cease to be amazed at the capabilities of the young child. In the Montessori environment, the very youngest students show incredible independence and competence. At Princeton Montessori School the teachers truly help the children to “help me do it myself”.

When I think about my personal philosophy on education I can check all the boxes with regards to the education my daughter is receiving at Princeton Montessori. I feel the teachers motivate the students by focusing on appreciating the value of education and the diversities of peoples around the world while stressing and leveraging the power of the uniqueness in each individual student. Ultimately, the role of an educator is to shape a new generation that will create a safer and better world for the future.

Princeton Montessori School is a school that exceeds any expectations imaginable. The school follows each and every child on an individual basis and nourishes each child’s academic, social, and emotional needs. It is a school where teachers appreciate all unique qualities each child brings.

Princeton Montessori School turned out to be the best investment ever. We made some sacrifices in our lifestyle in order to be able to afford sending both children all the way through 8th grade, but now we are proud to note that we have two capable, confident, well-mannered young adults who are a pleasure to be around and who continue to love to work hard in their studies.

Jackie BunnAlumni Parent ’08, ’11