Parent-Infant Community

Serving ages two months through walking

Parent-Infant Community

Serving ages two months through walking

Babies fill parents lives with joy, wonder, new challenges, and often questions. Hershey Montessori School’s Parent-Infant program serves families with children from birth through 12 months of age and is a supportive community of parents, caregivers, and their babies that come together to learn, share experiences and provide support.

The Parent-Infant Program is led by a Montessori-trained guide specializing in infant development and is held one day a week for 2 hours. During this time, the role of the parent or caregiver is to observe their child working in a Montessori environment.  Additionally, parents and caregivers work side by side with a trained AMI guide to help support their child’s natural development and are provided with observation journals and guidance on how to observe their children daily. The program provides sacred time for one-on-one bonding and exploring with your child while answering questions, including:

  • How do I encourage development?
  • How do I create a safe environment for my baby to discover and gain independence?
  • How can I encourage peaceful sleep?
  • How do I nurture the bond with my child?

The program also offers insight on topics including:

  • Physical development
  • Language development
  • Socialization
  • Healthy sleep habits
  • Designing a child-friendly home
  • Aiding independence
  • Weaning
  • Montessori philosophy

In addition to morning and evening sessions, parents in the program attend evening presentations and gatherings that foster support and learning from shared experiences.

Class size:
Limited to 10 families

Birth to 12 months with parent or caregiver

Schedule (subject to change due to COVID-19 limitations):

Tuesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Fall Semester September 8th, 2020 – January 19th, 2021 (17 classes)
(No classes November 24th, December 22nd or December 29th)

Winter/Spring Semester: January 26th – May 25th, 2020
(No class March 30th due to Spring Break)


Wednesdays, 8:45 – 10:45 am
Fall Semester: September 9th, 2020 – January 20th, 2021 (17 classes)
(No classes November 25th, December 23rd or December 30th)

Winter/Spring Semester January 27th –  May 26th, 2021
(No class March 31st due to Spring Break)

Summer 2021 – TBD

$650 (annual), $325 (per semester) or $21 per class (rolling admission)

The Journey Continues

Once your child is walking, he or she will be ready for the Young Child Community, to continue exploring and learning. All-Day Montessori, school days, or morning options are available.
Participating completely changed my approach to parenting an infant with child number two…When I really started to look and listen, it’s amazing what I started to see, hear and understand.
Kelly Barsham


My view of the child, family, home, and community was expanded. I instantly had a built-in network of other parents, teachers and children to learn from.
Heather Sasse


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