Maria Montessori started the first Casa Dei Bambini over 100 years ago.  Since that point in time the history of Montessori education has also been varied and there are several different Montessori organizations.  Each one has slightly different perspectives and history.  Unfortunately, the name “Montessori” has never been trademarked and the interpretation of what a Montessori school should be can vary tremendously.  In searching for a quality school these websites will be helpful in helping to understand the Montessori philosophy.

Professional Montessori Organizations

Montessori Foundation – The Montessori Foundation and its membership organization, The International Montessori Council,  nurture, inspire, and support the development of strong, successful Montessori schools around the world.

International Montessori Council – The International Montessori Council (IMC) is a world-wide umbrella organization of Montessori schools and the men and women who lead them, own them, or serve on their boards. Its focus is on issues of concern to Montessori school leaders: administration, curriculum development, recruitment and hiring, supervising teachers and staff, insurance, finance, facilities, working with boards, recruitment, building community, fund raising, public relations, and so forth.

Association Montessori Internationale –  The Association Montessori Internationale was founded in 1929 by
Dr. Maria Montessori to maintain the integrity of her life’s work, and to ensure that it would be perpetuated after her death.

NAMTA – NAMTA documents Montessori in the public schools, helps teachers and administrators become more effective, furthers the advancement of Montessori concepts into mainstream education, and helps parents extend the Montessori environment into their homes.

AMS – The American Montessori Society (AMS) is the foremost advocate for quality Montessori education, an innovative, child-centered approach to learning. AMS sets the high professional standards that inform Montessori education as practiced in AMS-accredited schools and taught in AMS-affiliated teacher education programs.

Bay Area Montessori Schools – Bay Area Montessori Association is a professional and social organization for
Montessorians to come together through educational programs, outreach and social activities.

General websites

International Montessori Index – The International Montessori Index was created to provide detailed comparative information in order to help in the search for a school or training center. Details are given to aid parents in looking for a school that follows Dr. Montessori’s teachings, and all Montessori training centers and organizations who are official members of The International Montessori Index share their specifics details for comparison with others.

National Association for Education of Young Children – The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.