Alder Montessori

In addition to our adult teacher training programs, Montessori Northwest was a founding partner of Alder Montessori, a high-quality early learning program for children ages 3-5 years-old in the Reynolds School District.

Alder Montessori began as a partnership with Montessori Northwest, and the program is now thriving under the administration of Alliance for Equity in Montessori Education (AEME), in partnership with Greater Than and the Reynolds School District. AEME is a new nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to high-quality Montessori early childhood education for children and families impacted by problems with immigration or socioeconomic status, racial and other inequalities, and facing challenges basic to human rights and dignity.

Alder Montessori is a program for pre-school aged children, located within Alder Elementary School. Alder Montessori serves 40 children in two classrooms and is free for families living within the Alder enrollment boundaries. By providing tuition-free preschool education, Alder Montessori increases school readiness to reduce the impact of poverty for the children and adults participating in the program.

For questions about Alder Montessori or to schedule a visit, contact AEME at or call: 503.893.5598

With Alder Montessori, the partners aim to widen the understanding of Montessori by bringing this revolutionary method of education to more children. Similar Montessori schools around the world have been able to achieve impressive outcomes, including gains in literacy, numeracy, and self-regulation needed for academic and lifetime success from early childhood onwards. These results go hand-in-hand with the work of our partners to empower students from low-income communities to thrive in school, college, and career.

our Supporters

Alder is made possible by the generous support of the following:

  • Davidson Fund

  • Earl Harris Charitable Trust

  • Johnson Charitable Trust

  • Jubitz Family Foundation

  • Meyer Memorial Trust

  • Oregon Community Fund

  • Preschool Promise

  • Schroeder Family Fund

  • Spirit Mountain Community Fund

  • Windermere Foundation

You can support increased accessibility to Montessori education by clicking here. Donations through MNW’s website currently fund scholarships for teachers in training.

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