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Infant & Toddler (Birth to 3)

Infant and Toddler

For teaching children from birth to age 3

This course was designed and developed by Carole Wolfe Korngold, M.A. and Virginia Varga, Ph.D.

Both Carole and Ginny are American Montessori Society Living Legacies.

The Center for Montessori Education/NY was the first Montessori teacher education program in the United States to offer an AMS Infant and Toddler Montessori credential.


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


CME|NY Infant and Toddler Faculty with our AMS/MACTE Accreditation On-Site

From left to right: AMS/MACTE Accreditation On-Site Chair Darla Miller, AMS Living Legacy Maria Gravel, AMS Accreditation On-Site Team Member Michele Mohar, CME|NY Founder and AMS Living Legacy and Past President Carole Wolfe Korngold, CME|NY CEO K.T. Korngold, Master Infant Toddler Teacher and AMS Living Legacy Virginia Varga, CME|NY Administrative Coordinator Marisa Rae




If you enroll in the Current Cohort, with a start date of Monday, July 31, 2017,  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 July 2018.

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

The CME|NY Infant and Toddler program offer 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 2:10.


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.


Classes meet at the CME|NY Adult Training Facility, 1 Radisson Plaza, Suite 902, New Rochelle, NY 10801, with some at the Montessori Children's Center at Burke, 785 Mamaroneck Avenue, Bldg. #4, White Plains, NY 10605

 Classes meet 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (with 1 hour lunch break)

JULY 2017:  Kick-Off
 Monday, July 31 - Saturday, August 5, 2017
Integrated Curriculum: What is Montessori for Infants and Toddlers? Understanding Montessori Philosophy and Understanding the Human Being/What is Pedagogy? The Necessary Transformation of the Adult/ Key Concepts and Understandings/Preparation of the Environment/Preparation of the Guide/Reflection
Followed by 8-weekend sessions, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (with 1-hour lunch break):
AUGUST 2017: Focus on Environmental Design
Saturday, August 26: Integrated Curriculum, Phase In
& Sunday, August 27: Environmental Design  

No class in September

OCTOBER 2017: Focus on Observation
Saturday, October 7 & Sunday, October 8:
Integrated Curriculum/Observation Overview  

NOVEMBER 2017: Focus on Observation and Pedagogy
Friday, November 3: Observation at MCC
& Saturday, November 4: Pedagogy/Integrated Curriculum 

DECEMBER 2017: Focus on Human Development and Observation
Saturday, December 2 & Sunday, December 3:  Pedagogy, Activities

JANUARY 2018 Focus on Child Family Community and Environmental Design
Saturday, January 6 & Sunday, January 7:
Child, Family, Community & Environmental Design/Philosophy/Review of Assignments

FEBRUARY 2018 Focus on Observation
Friday, February 2: Observation at MCC 
& Saturday, February 3: Observation at NICU  

No class in March

APRIL 2018 Focus on Leadership
Saturday, April 7 & Sunday, April 8:
Leadership and Professional Development
Regs and Montessori, Encouragement Index,
How to work with Assistants, Advanced Activities, Glossary review, Research Project review

MAY 2018 Focus on Developing as a Guide  (Classes on both days will meet at the Montessori Children's Center at Burke in White Plains, NY)
Saturday, May 5:
& Sunday, May 6: Integrated Curriculum, Prep for Practicum 

JUNE  2018: Wrap-up Week
Monday, June 25 - Friday, June 29:
Integrated Curriculum, Case Study Presentations, Practicum, Completion Celebration



Prof. Development

Register Now for:


JULY 20, 2017

Keynote by Jonathan Wolff




     Saturday, April 1, 2017  

8:45 am - 12:00 pm

 (Get Over Your Fear and Get on with Your Case Study Presentation!)

Presented by Chief Dan Daly



Monday, July 10 – Wednesday, July 12, 2017



Annie Delia Daly
Lillian Moncada Davidson, Phd
K.T. Korngold

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 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. with 1 hour lunch break.

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

9) Faculty to Adult Learner Ratio is 2:10

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

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