The mission of The Montessori Foundation is to inspire, nurture, and support the development of strong Montessori schools worldwide, with programs serving children from the infant and toddler level through high school. We work to advance Montessori education in the United States and abroad. The Foundation works with educational leaders, teachers, and school board members to promote the insights and educational approach pioneered by Dr. Maria Montessori, the world-famous physician who pioneered modern brain research and began a revolution in educational reform around the world The Montessori Foundation also serves as a source of information, advice, and assistance to parents who are interested in Montessori education, or who have children currently attending Montessori schools. Montessori represents a distinctly different educational approach that has proven to be highly effective, replicable, adaptable, and sustainable around the world. The name Montessori is well known, but many Americans are just now becoming aware of the size of the movement and its growing support among leading proponents of meaningful educational reform. Montessori schools begin with children when they are very young, nurturing their intelligence, creativity, and imagination. Our programs are highly flexible, allowing children to learn at their own pace, in ways that adapt to their individual learning styles. Montessori is successful with a wide-range of learners, including the highly gifted. There are more than 5,000 Montessori schools in the United States, and it is estimated that there are some 50,000 world-wide. This number is rapidly expanding. Montessori schools are known for developing young people who have developed a passion for learning, a strong sense of independence and responsibility, a global perspective, and a tradition of giving back to their communities. Montessori graduates include the founders of many of the world’s most successful companies (Google, Amazon, and America On Line (AOL) to name just three), and many other well-known figures in science, technology, and the arts.