Infant & Parent Program

This program is only offered at The Montessori in SoHo.


Citing the child’s staggering capacity to learn, Maria Montessori said that “Education...should begin at birth”. In fact, current research on the baby brain concurs that the first year of a baby’s life provides a critical foundation for all future learning. This has profound implications for what we should be doing for our babies in both the home and at school.

How can we help our youngest babies develop their human potential? How can we best respect their innate intelligence and foster independence and agency? Join Lisa Fay in hands-on and interactive classes that focus on the importance of movement, language, care of the self, and independence to a child’s healthy development.

The class offers parents the opportunity to see in “real time” how the Montessori prepared environment is a dynamic classroom that fosters a child’s curiosity and independence. The Infant & Parent Room – designed for babies before they’re walking - is an environment that aims to meet cognitive and physical needs for challenge at each stage of their first year of development. The course is designed for parents and babies from 8 weeks old to before walking.

Expectant parents, parents and babies alike will benefit from this series designed to follow children’s natural tendency to explore their environment, and introduce parents to the benefits of observing their babies in a more mindful and intentional way.

Lisa Fay, early childhood and parent educator certified with the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) at the birth to three level, will lead these classes. She received her AMI diploma from The Montessori Institute in Denver. Lisa has worked as both an assistant and a lead teacher in a Montessori toddler environment. She currently leads an Infant & Parent class at The Montessori School in Wilton, CT. Lisa has three children, ages 20, 18 and 14.


Class 1 – March 29th to May 17th

Infant & Parent (for children up to 12 months of age)

Wednesday mornings from 11:00-12:00, for 8 weeks (first class is orientation class)


Class 2 – March 30th to May 18th

Infant & Parent (for children up to 12 months of age)

Thursday mornings from 11:00-12:00, for 8 weeks (first class is orientation class)


Toddler & Parent Program

The Toddler & Parent Class introduces your child to the dynamic Infant Community Prepared Environment. Once children are walking, they continue to need freedom of movement and purposeful activity. With the guidance of Lisa Fay two mornings a week, you and your child will gain hands-on experience with Montessori practices such as freedom and limits, the development of independence, practical life (care of the self and care of the environment), and rich sencorial work

Class Dates– March 29th to May 18th

Young Toddler & Parent (for children 12 months to 18 months)

Every Wednesday and Thursday morning from 8:45-10:30


To register please email our Director of Admissions, Allison Schneider, at:

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