MAC's Unique Position
We are a high standard urban Montessori school that offers a full-day, year-round innovative early childhood and family educational experience. MAC serves children ages 8 weeks through 1st grade. We will phase our growing elementary program and have K-5th grade by 2017.
In a world of rapid change and new discoveries, we can only guess at the skills our children will need to succeed in the 21st century. Now, more than ever, the essential lesson is learning how to learn. The most important years in our children’s education are not high school and college, but instead, their first twelve years of life. This is when their character, values, self-image, basic skills and knowledge, and appreciation for culture and the arts are formed. >>Read More
MONTESSORI ACADEMY OF COLORADO EARNS NATIONAL NAEYC ACCREDITATION
Program among the top in the nation by earning accreditation
Montessori Academy of Colorado (MAC) has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.
“We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Nancy James, Executive Director of MAC. “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our high-quality program have teachers who create engaging classrooms, enhance relationships with their parents and families, and develop rich experiences for their students.”
To earn NAEYC Accreditation, MAC went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria. The program received NAEYC Accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.
In the 25 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. Nearly 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC – approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.
“It’s a lengthy and rigorous process to achieve NAEYC Accreditation, and the Montessori Academy of Colorado should be commended for seeking high standards,” said Rhian Evans Allvin, executive director of NAEYC. “Caring for children is not ‘rocket science’ – it’s brain science. Studies prove that the brain connections made in the first few years of life set a child’s path for success in school and in life. That’s why quality educators are so crucial. For parents and caregivers of young children who are searching for a high-quality early learning experience, the Montessori Academy of Colorado’s NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that it offers a high-quality education in a nurturing and stimulating environment.”
The NAEYC Accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985. In September 2006, the Association revised program standards and criteria to introduce a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs. The new standards today reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. NAEYC is committed to using the newest studies and analysis on positive child outcomes to ensure young children continue receiving the highest-quality care and education possible.
The NAEYC Accreditation system was created to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality preschools, child care centers, and other early education programs. To earn NAEYC Accreditation, a program must meet each of the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards. Programs are accredited by NAEYC for a five-year period.
For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit www.naeyc.org/academy.
The Montessori Academy of Colorado is celebrating 10 years of excellence.
The Montessori Academy of Colorado is a school for children between the ages of 8 weeks old up to 6 years old enrolled in our school.
Montessori education fosters independence. Montessori students become self directed learners "a process in which individuals take the initiative, with or without the help of others."
The Montessori Academy of Colorado's Board of Directors is composed of current and alumni parents, external education administrators in partnership with the Executive and Associate Directors.