The Montessori School on Edgewood, which opened in 2006, is the first publicly supported Montessori School in New Haven. It was created as a project of the Greater Dwight Development Corporation (GDDC).   A major neighborhood priority highlighted in the Dwight neighborhood’s Comprehensive Plan was to provide the best beginning for their children in a full day, full year program.  Neighborhood residents and their community partners visited many early childhood programs throughout the region, and decided that the Montessori option should be available to neighborhood children and their families.

GDDC worked from 1999 to 2006 with community partners including Yale University, the City of New Haven, the State of CT, the federal government, and local foundations to raise the funds and develop the plans to build a new facility for MSOE.  Several City and State subsidies allow children of all income levels to attend.

MSOE has partnered with Gateway Community College to provide Montessori training to all staff, and parents have been invited to participate in all training to support learning from school to home.  Parents are each child’s first teacher, and their involvement is key to successful outcomes for their children. MSOE’s student population represents the rich variety of ethnic backgrounds that make up New Haven, and the curriculum supports learning about and respecting others’ cultures to promote social harmony.  Parents are welcome to share their experiences and cultures to enrich our classroom curricula.

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