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Infant & Toddler (Birth to 3)

Infant and Toddler

For teaching children from birth to age 3

CME|NY was the first program in the United States to offer Montessori Infant and Toddler certification. The CME|NY Infant and Toddler program offers professional training for people who aspire to or already work with children between birth and three years of age. Teaching how to provide quality care, create appropriate environments, and nurture optimal development for this age group, the course covers Montessori Philosophy, Pedagogy, Child Development, Environmental Design, Child, Family and Community, Observation, Personal Growth and Development, Program Leadership.

Each annual cohort is limited in enrollment size to ensure a warm, supportive group. Learning occurs in a cooperative and nurturing environment that supports the professional and personal development of Adult Learner. Participants increase their own knowledge and understanding through a variety of engaging and transformative learning experiences. The course is a journey of self-discovery and increased awareness to deepen and enhance the joys and satisfactions of working with children from birth to three.

CME|NY prepares adult learners to be competent, caring, and capable Montessori guides and seeks to transform today’s enrollees into tomorrow’s Montessori leaders. Our Infant and Toddler course is designed to include the three categories of competencies required by AMS and MACTE: Knowledge, Pedagogy, and Teaching with Grace and Courtesy.  Our program is aligned and in compliance with the quality principles required of MACTE accreditation:

•  Our faculty is committed to the on-going development and enhancement of our programs.

•  Our programs have resources, practices, and sound management to support our adult learners with integrated academic and practicum experiences that lead to successful comprehension of Montessori methods. 

•  Our graduates fluently demonstrate the knowledge and understanding gained through our programs in their Montessori environments and schools and in their lives. We have a 95% employment rate after graduation from the Infant and Toddler program.

If you enroll in the Current Cohort, with a start date of Monday, June 22, 2015,  begin your nine-month practicum phase in September, and complete all your assignments, you can be recommended for an AMS INFANT AND TODDLER CERTIFICATION by the end of June, 2016.

2015-2016 CURRENT Cohort

Summer Kick-off at CME|NY  2015  

Monday, June 22 -Saturday, June 27, 2015, 8:15 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. with 1 hour lunch break

Monthly Weekends: 8:15 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. with 1 hour lunch break

August 2015

Saturday, Aug 22, 2015

Sunday, Aug 23, 2015

No classes in September

October 2015

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015

Sunday, Oct 11, 2015

November 2015

Friday, Nov 6, 2015

Saturday, Nov 7, 2015

December 2015

Saturday, Dec 5, 2015

Sunday, Dec 6, 2015

January 2016

Saturday, Jan 9, 2016

Sunday, Jan 10, 2016

No classes in February

March 2016

Saturday March 5, 2016

Sunday, March 6, 2016

April 2016

Friday, April 8, 2016

Saturday, April 9, 2016

May 2016

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Sunday, May 15, 2016

2016  5-day Summer Wrap-up at CME|NY

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 –  Saturday, June 18, 2016  8:15 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. with 1 hour lunch break



CME|NY was the first program in the United States to offer Montessori Infant and Toddler certification.

The CME|NY Infant and Toddler program offers professional training for people who want to work with children between birth and three years of age.

Teaching how to provide quality care, create appropriate environments and nurture optimal development for this age group, the program is designed for everyone who cares for infants and toddlers – Montessorians and non-Montessorians alike – including:

  • Child care teachers
  • Home child care providers
  • Center directors
  • Social workers
  • Parents

An integral part of the curriculum is direct exposure to infants and toddlers in a working Montessori environment.  By attending some classes at the Montessori Children's Center in White Plains, NY, Adult Learners have the opportunity to observe a year-round, all-day Montessori environment in action.  Adult Learners gain insights observing the children--and the adults--and develop a new understanding of the importance of observation as a key tool for effective teaching and growth.


Academic Course

Curriculum includes:

  • Montessori philosophy and pedagogy
  • Child development
  • Physical health and care during pregnancy and childbirth
  • Design and preparation of responsive environments
  • Communication with the child, family and community
  • Importance of observation and techniques
  • Personal growth and development
  • Strategies for managing an effective program
  • Working collaboratively with administrators and assistants
  • Child care issues in today’s society

Our faculty to adult learner ratio is 1:20.


Practicum experience

Adult Learners begin the practicum experience in the fall, while they are attending the academic program. The practicum experience  is  a nine-month internship in a Montessori Infant or Toddler environment. This is a paid position in most schools.  The Adult Learner works under the supervision of a certified Infant and Toddler Montessori teacher or in a self-directed environment with the guidance of a CME|NY consultant – for a minimum of three hours per day, five days per week. With our new year-round model, Adult Learners will have the on-going support of the group with monthly meetings and a curriculum that follows the arc of the school year.

During the practicum experience, a representative from CME|NY will visit the student for three on-site consultations.  This cost is included in the tuition.  For on-site consultations outside the U.S. and/or beyond a 100 mile radius of the nearest qualified field consultant,  the adult learner will be responsible for the additional costs of travel expenses incurred.


Breakfast and lunch can be purchased on-site at the Burke Hospital cafeteria. There are also many local restaurants and eateries in the neighborhood.

Overnight accommodations can be arranged directly with the White Plains Crown Plaza Hotel. The address of the hotel is: 66 Hale Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601

Contact Katarina Pilon-Gober, Crowne Plaza White Plains, Phone: 914-821-1330


Infant and Toddler

Academic Phase

The year-round course for Infant and Toddler Montessori Teacher Education has been enthusiastically received by adult learners.

This program has multiple benefits:

1) Highly experienced Infant and Toddler Master Teachers, such as VIRGINIA VARGA teach a curriculum that is specifically designed for Infant and Toddler programs. Experienced Field Consultants include MARIA GRAVEL, JUDY JOYNT and NANCY ROSE.

2) Adult Learners have 6 days of intensive immersion at the start and 5 days at the conclusion—but do not have to be away from family and work for long periods during the summer.

3) Adult Learners have continuous support during their practicum while their training occurs.

4)  Adult Learners benefit from the resources and insights of experienced faculty while they are experiencing the life of their classroom. The training is practical and applicable.

4) The course follows the arc of the school year, with opportunities for engaging and lively real-time discussions of development, phase-ins, conferences, transitions, etc.

5) Adult Learners create lasting friendships with their peers and provide a strong support network for each other during their practicum experience.

6) Two Friday classes enable Adult Learners to observe during the year cycle in addition to their observations during the summer.

7) Weekend classes meet from 8:15 am - 5:15 pm with 1 hour lunch break.

8) 12 Graduate Credits are available from the College of New Rochelle.

9) Faculty to Adult Learner Ratio is 1:20

10) 95% of all Infant and Toddler graduates seeking job placement after graduation receive employment in the field.

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Center for Montessori Education|NY
785 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605

914-948-2501 (p)
914-597-2779 (f)

Our office hours are Monday-Thursday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm.
Please call to set up an appointment if you wish to meet with us in person.