“My 20-month-old daughter is in the Young Child’s Community which is one of a kind really, and she has progressed so rapidly we are amazed at her development of vocabulary, counting, communication and motor skills, coordination, and independence.” Former YCC Parent.

The Mountain Shadows Young Child’s Community offers your child many characteristics of traditional childcare, but as a school we are so much more. We are the foundation for your child’s future learning.

This program maximizes the development of young children through a beautifully prepared classroom environment, rich in exploration and developmentally appropriate activities, which guide the young child in his or her quest for independence and mastery of self.

We  offer activities to assist in the development of gross and fine motor skills, language, art, music, and self-expression. The area of practical life in a Montessori community is foundational, offering exercises in caring for the environment (both indoor and outdoor), caring for self, and refinement of grace and courtesy. All exercises are designed to develop coordination and independence and encourage contributing to the community, which leads to increased respect for the environment and others.

A young child develops the foundation for a strong personality when work is carried out in full concentration. This is achieved by engaging in purposeful activities, which completely absorb the child and fulfill their urge to explore.

We are much more than daycare.


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Mountain Shadows Montessori School offers AMI programs for students 12 months to 12 years old.

...So, what is AMI?

Association Montessori Internationale

AMI is the organization that is tasked with the responsibility of maintaining the integrity of Maria Montessori's legacy. Mountain Shadows and AMI share a mission to support children's natural development and to help them become the transformative force of society.

This comes with a commitment to a standard of excellence, defined by...


Rigorous and extensive training

including the study of child development and a deep understanding of the Montessori materials to assist the teacher in creating the environment necessary for this work.


Three-year age ranges

within each classroom that allow children to work at their own pace and level of development.


Extended work time,

including a three hour uninterrupted work cycle.


Upholding international standards

through expert consultation every three years and regular and ongoing study of pedagogy and practice.

For your child, this means...


Whether it's digging in the dirt or discovering the universe.


Whether it's speaking your mind or learning to speak up.


Whether it's composing a song or coming up with a big idea.


Whether it's for ourselves or for others.


Whether it's work or play.

Critical Thinking

Whether it's studying science or solving a problem.


Whether it's doing your part or doing what's right.


Whether it's planning your day or preparing your own lunch.


Whether it's deciding together or sharing the work.


Whether it's supporting your friends or saving the planet.

This is what Mountain Shadows means for your child.