51 Bates Street
Northampton, MA 01060
"The Montessori School of Northampton is dedicated to and inspired by the principles and ideas of Dr. Maria Montessori. Dr. Montessori (1870-1952), the first woman to be trained as a physician in Italy, developed a comprehensive method of early education based on years of observation and study of young children. She wondered what would happen if the many extraordinary means for educating special needs children at that time could be applied toward the education of all children. Many recent innovations in education are based on these principles. Dr. Montessori found that children have a special desire and capacity to learn at a very young age. Her approach recognizes that young children progress through special stages of learning, each at his or her own pace, and that children of different ages will teach and learn from one another."
Excerpted from the preschool's website