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Montessori Country School in Herndon has been nurturing generations of children for 47 years. For 2018, it is opening a toddler program, and it invites the community to come to an open house and celebration June 9 that will include fun activities for the family along with car-seat safety inspections.

Families can tour the toddler and primary classrooms and the outdoor learning environment, and meet teachers and current families, while enjoying a moon bounce, face painting and more.

Date: Saturday, June 9, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Address: 621 Alabama Drive, Herndon, VA 20170

Activities: Tours, moon bounce, food trucks, face painting, and car-seat safety inspections with a Herndon police officer

Montessori Country School is one of the longest-serving Montessori schools in the Herndon area. It was founded in in 1971 by nine local families who wanted to establish a nonprofit school that offered young children a high-quality Montessori education. The school is so well-loved that graduates have brought their children here. Sean Parker was a student and his teacher currently still serves on the board as one of our advisors.

The school previously enrolled only ages 2.5 to 6.  For fall of 2018, it is opening a toddler program open to toddlers 15 months to 3 years of age, with extended and aftercare available on site.

“Our families and the community told us they wanted a program for their younger children too,” said director Karen Graziano.


“The young child is capable of doing so much for herself. Our authentic Montessori Toddler program will foster independence and self-care in your little one. The focus is on providing a rich, sensorial experience immersed with enriching vocabulary lessons as this is a critical time when your child is taking in the language around her..” say’s toddler teacher Suzanne Hughes.

Montessori Country School immerses children in a respectful, collaborative and peaceful learning atmosphere in which children develop a love of learning together. Children follow their natural interests, beginning with practical life skills that set a foundation for higher-level lessons from reading to world geography.  The teachers introduce new skills in individualized lessons, while mixed-age classes teach children to look out for each other. Children emerge from the program as confident independent and collaborative learners.

​All students enjoy high-quality music and French enrichment programs and shaded play areas on a quiet, green 2-acre campus in the heart of Herndon. Before and after care as well as summer and winter camps are available. The school invites families to enjoy events together throughout the year, from a late-summer park date when children get to meet each other, to an ice cream social, Oktoberfest, and end-of-year picnic.


Parent Carla Falconi says “We have been an MCS family since 2010. We were initially attracted to the cozy, nurturing environment and have been impressed with the academics. All three of our kids have their own individual ways of learning and the teachers have been amazing at applying the Montessori principle to work with each one. Our two older boys are now in the FCPS Advanced Academics Program and we believe their current success in school is directly attributed to their time at MCS. Our youngest is excited to start kindergarten at MCS next school year and we are thrilled to continue to be part of this little school community, which has always felt like an extended family. 

A peace pole in the center of the front garden—with the word peace written in 12 languages—symbolizes its commitment to a diverse, peaceful, loving, and respectful learning environment.

“We love this school and our children and families,” Graziano said. “We invite the community to come and see why!”

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