Established in 1973, Chico Montessori Children's House has given more than 3,000 preschool students a bright start in their education, and in life. The school began with one class of preschool students in a classroom leased from Bidwell Presbyterian Church. The program soon began to take root in the community and grow. An afternoon class was added in 1981. And, in 1985, the school expanded again to offer four classes, two in the morning and two in the afternoon, which is the schedule still offered today. The growing student enrollment made it necessary to find a permanent site for the school, and in 1992, the property at 814 Glenn Street, the former Chico Arts Center, was acquired and renovated
Today, Chico Montessori's two spacious, light-filled classrooms accommodate four classes of 24 students each, plus one morning and afternoon class during the summer session. The school has a full kitchen, a nap room, office space and an observation room. Inside the classrooms, counters and sinks, tables and shelves are all sized for children, creating a comfortable working environment that encourages independence. In 2001, the school received a grant from the Butte County Children and Families Commission to create the present playground. In recent years, two raised garden beds have been added where children experience vegetable and flower gardening, and the front garden has been landscaped to include a “crooked mile” of stepping stones that draw children before and after school.
The Montessori method of education is more relevant now than ever before. As greater challenges face our educational system, and more is expected of our children, it is essential for them to begin school with a sense of confidence, independence, and personal responsibility. These skills are nurtured and developed in our Montessori classrooms.
We encourage you to visit our school. Please call for an appointment (530) 342-5518 or stop by during school hours. We are located at 815 Glenn Street, off East 8th Street, near the Chico Nature Center.
“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity
and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.”