HAWAI‘I MONTESSORI SCHOOLS – KAMUELA CAMPUS ACCREDITED BY NAEYC Joins National Movement to Improve Early Childhood Education

Kamuela, April 3, 2012 – Hawai‘i Montessori Schools – Kamuela Campus has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

“We are proud to be accredited by NAEYC and recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Angeline Geldhof, Executive Director of Hawai‘i Montessori Schools. “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our programs are getting the best care and early learning experiences.”

Hawai‘i Montessori Schools has provided quality education for the children of West Hawai‘i since 1980. We have enriched environments and trained staff to help each child develop their natural gifts. Dedicated to creating collaborative classrooms and work communities that enhance every individual’s contributions, we provide an excellent start for our young children. Our programs serve children from ages 15 mos. to 6 years of age; Toddler Program (ages 15 – 36 mos.) and Primary Program (ages 3 – 6 years). We are also proud our partnership with the Department of Education to provide an Inclusion Program for children with Special Needs in our Kona Campus Primary Program. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the DOE in the next School Year. The wide range of ethnicities, faiths, abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds of our families gives our school its richness, and allows us to assist in conserving and building community resources for the future.

Our Mission at Hawai‘i Montessori Schools is educating children for life by providing a nurturing, prepared environment where children, parents and staff joyfully develop their esteem, discipline, independence, motivation and community responsibilities to their fullest potential.

NAEYC created its accreditation program in 1985 to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality early education programs. To earn NAEYC’s accreditation, a program conducts a self-study to determine how well it meets the standards. After necessary improvements are made, the program is observed by independent, professional assessors, and then reviewed by a national panel. Programs are accredited by NAEYC for a five-year period. “By earning accreditation, Hawai‘i Montessori Schools has become a leader in a national effort to raise the quality of early childhood education, and to help give all children a better start.”

On the Island of Hawaii there are 14 Early Childhood Programs that are accredited by the NAEYC: All Kamehameha Preschools – Islandwide, Hawai‘i Community College Children’s Center – Hilo, YMCA of Hilo, Hawai‘i Montessori Schools – Kona Campus and now Hawai‘i Montessori Schools – Kamuela Campus.

If you would like more information about any of the programs at Hawai‘i Montessori Schools please contact us at
Kamuela: (808)885-7683, email: [email protected]
Kona: (808) 329-0700, email: [email protected]

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