- Programs for infants, toddlers, preschool/kindergarten, 1st – 8th grades.
- Low ratios 1:3 for infants, 1:6 for toddlers, 1:12 for preschool through 3rd grade.
- English language or Spanish immersion Montessori programs available.
- Authentic Montessori classrooms, led by Montessori-trained head teachers.
- Extremely caring and experienced teachers who love helping children grow and learn.
- Teachers who are subject matter experts in elementary and junior high.
- Engaging enrichment programs in the afternoons, from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.
- A convenient location near the Irvine Spectrum with lots of parking.
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How to Get Started
There are many ways you can learn more about our wonderful school. Attend an upcoming event, schedule a tour, or visit our school to speak with us in person.
Our events offer a great way to learn more details about our programs as you are considering different options for your child. Most information sessions are held on weeknights to make it convenient to attend for working parents. Our Saturday Open House events allow you to explore our classrooms and playgrounds with your whole family. You can also meet the teachers and get your questions answered. We also offer Saturday info sessions on occasion.
When you are ready to take a closer look at our classrooms, contact us to schedule a tour. We’ll be happy to show you your programs of interest and answer any questions you may have.
You may also explore our website for more info about our programs and educational philosophy. Read our blog posts for insightful, researched-based articles about early childhood parenting.
If you fill out the form below, we’ll send you a few emails that answer questions we know are on your mind—from what your child’s day at LePort would look like to how to ease separation anxiety. You will also be entered on our interest list and will receive emails about upcoming events.
Why Montessori for infants and toddlers?
Better Than Childcare: Montessori for Infants & Toddlers
A child’s early years are a time of great sensitivity to bonding in order to establish trust in the world, as well as language, order, sensorial impressions, and development of coordinated movement, both fine- and gross-motor.
In our Infant environment there are special mobiles and images to stimulate brain development, as well as a variety of tactile objects for children to explore. Because this is the period when infants learn to roll over, slither, sit, crawl and potentially walk, the room has many opportunities for movement.
Your toddler has a once in a lifetime opportunity to absorb information from the environment, like a sponge. That’s why Montessori for toddlers is more than just childcare: we provide a toddler with the ideal environment to make the most of this irreplaceable period of time.
He is especially sensitive to order – and we build on that interest to establish good habits that last a lifetime. He is also able to absorb language from his environment – learning even big words easily and with pleasure – and becomes happier as he learns the words to express his needs, rather than needing to resort to crying or tantrums. Most surprisingly, he is eager to learn to take care of himself, to become independent – and we guide him to learn how to do things by himself, thereby developing his budding sense of self-efficacy.
Montessori for Infants = Optimal Development
Each of our Infant rooms reflects the child’s development of movement, independence, and capacity for active exploration. Because an infant’s brain is wired for language acquisition, our environments offer rich opportunities for babies to learn through plenty of reading, singing, sign language and a running dialogue as your child’s caregivers explain the events of your child’s day. Our respect for each child shows in how we engage him or her in each care-giving opportunity, rather than merely doing things to the child.
There are striking differences between a Montessori Infant environment and other, more traditional care settings: our babies do not spend their active time in playpens, jumpers, walkers or other containers. Instead, in our Infant rooms you will see…
- many soft floor mats and bolsters on which babies can move freely.
- mirrors positioned close to the floor to stimulate tummy time and self-discovery.
- low bars mounted to the wall and soft furniture for children to pull themselves up onto.
- an abundance of Boppy-style pillows for infants to climb over and prop themselves onto.
For the older infants, where crawling and newly walking babies have their hands free for exploration, you will see…
- low shelving with materials for fine-motor development and cause/effect, such as puzzles, rings on a post, and containers to open and close.
- opportunities for purposeful water play.
- a stair with low steps and a railing to practice climbing up and down.
- pull and push toys to promote gross motor movement.
All of our environments have several special features that also set them apart from typical day care settings:
- We support breastfeeding! Our Infant rooms welcome mothers who would like to nurse their baby during midday visits.
- We use low tables and chairs, instead of high chairs, for snacks and solid meals. We believe this provides young children with a valuable first experience at gaining independence with self-feeding.
- Ours are tranquil environments where a designated nap space ensures quality rest when babies need it.