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NRC Montessori Preschool
|Location: Richmond, Virginia, USA|
|Program Established: June 2006|
|# of Children: 16
||Ages Served: 2-5|
to support operating costs.
- Montessori Materials – New or Used
in Good Condition:
a) Language cards and cursive
b) Math materials – golden bead material and negative snake game.
c) Geography – Landforms and cultural
d) Science materials, wooden trays,
map stand and rug stand.
e) Children's music
f) Pre-school sized Bikes and Tricycles
g) Sand toys, balls and bean bags for outdoor play
|Contact Person: Salome Fernando, Co-Executive
|The NRC is a grassroots, non-profit organization
located in the east end of Richmond, Virginia in a neighborhood called
Greater Fulton Hill (GFH). The center was established to provide community
members with a place to build relationships, access resources and develop
skills to enhance their lives and determine the fate of their community. Truancy,
poverty, gun violence, domestic violence, and substance abuse are common
obstacles found in the neighborhood. In an effort to provide the youngest
citizens of this community with a healthy beginning, the NRC partnered
with some local Montessorians to open a Montessori preschool in June 2006.
The first summer half-day "pilot program" was an overwhelming success! |
The preschool is now a full-day program, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m, Monday thru
Friday and includes a Kindergarten group. The preschool offers a quality
Montessori education on a sliding-scale basis; we believe it to be the first
in the nation to do so. There are currently 16 children enrolled. The preschool
is licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS). Montessori
materials are used in the classroom, and the prepared environment is supported
by two AMI-trained teachers.
The NRC Montessori Preschool works not only to provide a high-quality education
for the children, but also serves as a resource for the families. Parents
and grand-parents are encouraged to come observe their child, and conferences
are held at least twice a year. The program partners with United Way's Success
by Six program to provide at least two parent education nights each year.
The parents of these children have been impressed and astonished to see
what their children are capable of. Community members who have come to visit
have been equally amazed at the level of responsibility and concentration
they observe in the children. The preschool is an example of early-learning
at its best.