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Welcome to The Montessori Foundation. The Montessori Foundation and its membership organization, The International Montessori Council, are non-profit educational organizations, that nurture, inspire, and support the development of strong, successful Montessori schools around the world.

The Montessori Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of Montessori education in the United States and abroad. It was established in 1992 to create an independent source of assistance, encouragement, and support for the international Montessori community.

The Montessori Foundation works with the entire Montessori community, regardless of affiliation, as well as parents, educators, schools, and schools systems that are interested in learning more about the insights, research, and approach pioneered by Dr. Maria Montessori.

School Consultation

Our Montessori School Consultation Service provides a wealth of knowledge and experience. We work with boards, Heads of Schools, and faculties on all issues related to creating, managing, improving, and ‘growing’ a Montessori school. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Montessori Leadership Institute

Our Montessori Leadership Institute offers a broad program of in-depth and practical workshops and courses in Montessori leadership. We offer seminars on a wide range of topics, from school design to fund raising, recruitment, internal communications, and curriculum development. Our courses are offered in person and online. For a current schedule and more information, CLICK HERE

Conference / Events

In addition to ongoing Leadership Workshops, we host an annual international conference every year in Florida and other locations in the USA and abroad. CLICK HERE FOR OUR CONFERENCE SCHEDULE.

Our Membership Organization: The International Montessori Council (IMC)

In 1998, The Montessori Foundation organized an independent membership organization, The International Montessori Council (IMC), to offer a wide range of programs and support to Montessori schools around the world, including school accreditation, teacher education, and mentorship. Montessori Leadership is published by the Montessori Foundation on behalf of the International Montessori Council. It is written for Heads of Schools, educational coordinators, Montessori teachers, parent leaders, and members of school boards. For more information, CLICK HERE

The Montessori Family Alliance

The Montessori Foundation’s first project was to establish a trusted independent resource  to speak directly to parents. We began with Tomorrow’s Child, the only magazine written specifically for parents with children enrolled in Montessori schools. Tomorrow’s Child is also enjoyed by Montessori teachers and administrators around the world. In the 30 years that it has been a part of the Montessori community, our work evolved into the Montessori Family Alliance, a network of Montessori parents, teachers, and heads of schools in North America and abroad. We offer both family and school group memberships. The Family 




Lab School

Through our Lab School, The NewGate School of Sarasota, Florida, we work to develop and implement new programs and curricula, test new resources, and integrate Montessori “best practices” with 21st century technology. One of our key projects involves the develop of a replicable program and secondary Montessori curriculum that is capstoned by a Montessori International Baccalaureate Diploma Program For more information, CLICK HERE.

Collaboration with Outside Service Providers


The Foundation works with external providers that serve Montessori school administration, such as:

• MontessoriCompass (online student record keeping, progress reporting, and parent communication)
• National Montessori School Insurance Program
• The Montessori Rosetta Stone Online Program
• Montessori DonorPath support for fundraising and grant writing
• Montessori/Semble (Crowd source low cost loans to help finances campus expansion
• Montessori Planned Giving Program

Montessori Education Research Institute

The Montessori Education Research Institute is a new initiative developed by The Montessori Foundation. Our primary goals are to organize ongoing validated data collection initiatives using formative assessment, teacher recorded progress against a nationally aligned curriculum, assessments of personal development, and ongoing studies and survey collection input of Montessori students in many settings through their schooling and into adulthood.

Montessori Help Line

Our Montessori Help Line (1-941-729-9565) offers counsel when schools need a friendly ear and some advice. The only catch is that you will need to pay for the long-distance call, and it is possible that we may need to schedule your telephone conference for a time when a consultant is free from other duties.

Contact Us:

The Montessori Foundation
19600 E State Road 64 Bradenton
FL 34212-8921
1-941-729-9565 • 1-800-655-5843
941-745-3111 (fax)
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