Portland Montessori Collaborative, or pdxMC is a Montessori pre-school in Portland, Oregon offering full and part day care for infants three months through Kindergarten. We are a year round school offering four and five day schedules for full and part day care. We boast wholesome meals cooked on site, trained and experienced staff, a commitment to environmental sustainability, and a thoughtful outdoor curriculum. Our school is a wonderful nurturing place to learn and grow.
The environment for our tiniest learners is lovingly prepared by teachers who have a deep understanding of the importance of consistency in care between home and school. This commitment is evidenced by our exemplary ratio of three infants to one educator/carer. The classroom is staffed by experienced and knowledgeable adults who have a profound understand and compassion for the youngest child.
Our toddler program is a blended age program serving the developmental needs of children from walking well/one mid day nap through two and a half or three years of age. Our toddler program, rooted in hands on exploration, is a wonderful foundation for our pre-school, or Primary classrooms. In our toddler communities, children have opportunities to wash, scrub, play, garden, eat with an emphasis on self help skills, like learning how to dress, undress, and use the toilet.
Our Montessori Primary or Children’s House is for children two and a half to three through six years of age. Children are encouraged to stay through kindergarten. In our classroom, or Casa, children move freely and choose activities based on their interest and ability. The certified Montessori teacher, or ‘Guide’ observes the children, and matches each child to activities that she believes will meet their unique developmental needs.
The Portland Montessori Collaborative values and celebrates diversity. The Portland Montessori Collaborative is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of ability, race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or religion.
Our program goals include:
Supporting the natural development of children
Supporting the development of self regulation
To instill a life long love of learning
To be a support for working families
To be a resource for families
We are guided by the values of:
Our mission is to provide a loving and nurturing space for children to explore, grow, learn, and connect with other children and adults in the context of the Montessori philosophy and pedagogy. We offer an adaptive approach to early childhood education; an authentic Montessori program inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia and moved by the philosophy and teachings of Magda Gerber.