Young Minds Montessori Preschool was established in 2008 by Ashanthi Perera as an in-home Montessori preschool. Drawing from her 15 years of experience working for different successful Montessori schools in California, she created a program that combines the Montessori foundation with certain traditional preschool philosophies. Over the years, the curriculum has been finetuned to fit most child’s needs and ensure continuous, enthusiastic learning. In July of 2018, Eliisa and Luis Mesa joined the team as new owners, and have since then been finding ways to further enrich the program, provide teacher training and a quality education for the young learners in our community.
Our mission is to provide an individualized learning environment that is challenging, loving, and stimulating, and where children become independent lifelong learners both academically and socially.
How We Teach
The Montessori path of education began with Dr. Maria Montessori in the late 1800s in Italy. Through scientific observation, she discovered that children under the age of six years old, learn best at their own pace and when given a choice in their activities. With the child’s unique development in mind, Dr. Montessori prepared an open learning environment in response to the child’s natural interests and developmental pace. This breakthrough sparked a revolution that led to the Montessori Method being taught all over the world.
We at Young Minds Montessori Preschool believe that children have a natural desire to learn and will do so joyfully when given the opportunity. While in our care, your child will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities that will promote all aspects of development. A family childcare provides children the comfort and experience of belonging to an extended family. We provide a home-like setting and our approach to childcare is child-centered and child-directed. Children are offered choices whenever possible. Your child will bring home work sheets and art projects that reflect the theme-based learning from our specialized curriculum.
We believe in the power of education not only for our students, but also our teachers. The majority of our Lead Teachers are certified Montessori teachers and some have a Bachelor's degree in early childhood education or child development. We conduct continuous training opportunities together as team and our teachers attend training programs in the Montessori philosophy and general child development individually throughout the year.
We accept children 18 months to 6 years old. Our extra-curricular activities include music, Spanish and art. Students that are 3 years old and older, also have the option to sign up for soccer or basketball!