The magic of Montessori education began in 1907 when Maria Montessori started the first House of Children in Rome, Italy. Her pedagogy and philosophy were far ahead of the times she lived in, and continued to flow like a powerful river over cities, countries and continents, embracing all. Head Start became a tributary of this river in 1984 and like many others across the world, flows with a purpose—to help build a community of children that grow into strong adults.
What is significant about this pedagogy? It is timeless; though over a century old, it is still relevant and contemporary and makes us feel there is more to unfold with each generation. It follows the natural developmental milestones of the child—not an Indian child, or an Italian or Jamaican child, but as termed by Montessori, the Universal Child.