• Parent & Child Montessori

    Classes in Northern Virginia

Parent & Child Program Choices

Infant Parent & Child (2 – 17 months)

Weekly topics such as home environment, movement, order, sleep patterns, independence and language acquisition will offer you moments of clarity in parenting your little one. You will be with your child as she explores simple Montessori materials and joins circle time. You’ll learn a great deal about child development while making new friends in a “mom’s group” atmosphere.

Toddler Parent & Child (18 – 36 months)

Weekly topics such as fostering independence, toilet learning, discipline, language acquisition and preparing the home environment for your active explorer will give you new insights into how you can optimally support your child’s development. You will be with your child as she works with Montessori materials, enjoys arts and crafts, joins circle time, learns to serve herself snack and plays with other toddlers on the playground. You’ll be able to make friends, find like-minded parents and toddlers for play dates, and learn much about child development, Montessori theory and practice.

Intro to Primary Parent & Child (2 years 9 months to 3 years 6 months)

The Intro to Primary Parent & Child program is an ideal next step as you move toward the preschool age. It’s a great way to try out the Montessori program, to help your child transition, and to learn how to apply Montessori principles at home with an older child. Each week, we’ll explore a specific topic your child would encounter in the Montessori preschool program. We’ll start with self-care skills, such as dressing and independent toileting, then move on to involving your child in food prep and ideas for independence in eating. We’ll show you how to support sensorial exploration, arts, crafts, music and movement for preschoolers. Finally, we’ll introduce you to some Montessori ideas around literacy and early number skills. You’ll be with your child and guide him as he explores, always with the coaching and support of an experienced Montessori instructor. After this class, you’ll be better prepared to both apply Montessori ideas at home, and to help your child transition into our Montessori primary program. And, of course, you’ll be able to make friends and find like-minded parents and preschoolers for play dates.

Spanish and Mandarin Options for Toddler Parent & Child

Classes led by a Mandarin or Spanish speaking instructor who will incorporate culture, language and experiences in her native tongue. Adults are encouraged to attend whether or not they speak the language. Children will be spoken to exclusively in either Mandarin or Spanish.


Parent & Child Program Details

  • Parent & Child groups generally meet once a week for 8 weeks, 1 ½ hours per week. Summer sessions run shorter; check the schedule for details.
  • Parent & Child sessions start four times each year: January, April, July and September
  • Infant programs welcome children who are between 2 and 17 months at the start of the session; Toddler programs welcome children between 18 and 36 months; Intro to Primary programs welcome children between 2 years 9 months and 3 years 6 months at the start of the session.
  • Parent & Child sessions are guided by a consistent, experienced Montessori instructor.
  • Each child attends with a parent or caregiver (nannies or grandparents are welcome, too!) Twins & multiples encouraged to attend with an adult responsible for each child.

Parent & Child Enrollment

  • The Parent & Child program is offered at multiple LePort locations; see below for schedule details.
  • Registration is first-come, first served. Register early: past Parent & Child classes have filled weeks before the session starts.
  • Registration for future Parent & Child classes will open approximately four to six weeks prior to session start.
No Parent and Child classes are being offered at this time.
Registering more than one child?

If you wish to register for more than one class or have more than one child to enroll, please register for only one class per payment transaction. Alternatively, please give us a call so we can add you to the class manually.

Parent & Child Instructors

Gabriela Aparicio

Gabriela Aparicio

Ms. Gabriela Aparicio has dedicated her career to working with children and families. Before joining LePort in 2016, she worked in literacy, hospital, and public school settings. Her passion for early childhood began in 2000 when she was first introduced to a Montessori toddler setting at CA Montessori Children's Center in New York. Ms. Gabriela became a Lead Teacher of the toddler environment and obtained her AMI Assistants to Infancy certification from The Montessori Institute in Denver, Colorado in 2002. She completed her master's degree in education from Loyola College in 2004. She then went on to hold management roles in centers in Texas, Florida, and New York for over 10 years.

Ms. Gabriela enjoys working with children of all ages, but the toddler age holds a special place in her heart. She is energized by their love of learning and strives to support their drive for independence and their blossoming personalities. Ms. Gabriela is married and has an elementary-aged son, William, who is also excited to be a part of the LePort community.
Julia Dante

Julia Dante

Ms. Julia Dante has over twenty years of teaching experience, sixteen of which are specifically in Montessori education. She received her master's degree in history from the University of Bombay, India, and her Montessori training from the Association of Montessori Internationale in Toronto, Canada. She resides in Fairfax County with her husband, two wonderful daughters, and a cat named Kuddles. It is her belief that a child's success is based on a cooperative parent and teacher relationship. She is committed to mentoring children and helping them build confidence. During her free time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, and traveling.
Ardass Khalsa

Ardass Khalsa

Ms. Ardass Khalsa's journey as a teacher began twenty years ago when she moved from Mexico City to Virginia, and started work at The Boyd School (now LePort Montessori). She was quickly hooked on Montessori, and completed her training at the Northern Virginia Institute at Belmont Greene. She has loved having the opportunity to guide so many children and provide them with a creative and loving environment in which they can both be themselves and develop the skills to be successful in life. She's also the proud mother of two teenagers who attended Montessori during their early years! Ms. Khalsa is passionate about the arts and is a member of the Wolf Trap Institute as a Teaching Artist. She brings her experience and creativity into our early childhood programs through Spanish, music, and movement. As a teacher in the Toddler program at LePort, it is Ms. Khalsa's hope that she will enable more and more families to discover Montessori for their children.
Heidi Lara

Heidi Lara

Ms. Heidi Lara first became interested in education through her own child. She was eager to understand and know as much as possible about what her daughter was experiencing at preschool. It was during this time that a friend introduced her to Montessori education. Her passion for Montessori was sparked and shortly afterward, Ms. Heidi became an assistant teacher. Over the last five years she has had the joy of working with children from infants to grade three, and loves being a part of the Montessori learning environment. In particular, she loves watching first-hand as children become independent learners. After working with and under the guidance of master Montessori Infant / Toddler teachers over the last several years, Ms. Heidi is excited to be completing her Montessori certification and leading her own classroom.
Ana Rivas

Ana Rivas

Ms. Ana is an educational entrepreneur, homeschooling parent, and lifelong learner. Her experience working with children dates back to her teenage years when she took an opportunity to assist in a home daycare. From that moment, she was inspired to guide young children, particularly toddlers. Her determination for understanding their psychology and behavior led her to fill positions such as Curriculum Specialist, Assistant Director, Montessori Specialist, Mommy and Me Instructor and Head Teacher in various educational settings. She received her Montessori Assistants to Infancy Diploma from the Montessori Institute of San Diego.
Genevieve Roesch

Genevieve Roesch

Ms. Genevieve Roesch has aspired to work with children for as long as she can remember. So much so, that immediately after graduating from high school, she traveled abroad to work as an au pair for a family in Switzerland. It was an amazing experience and led her to pursue psychology and early childhood development in her undergraduate studies. Ms. Genevieve heard about Montessori's pedagogy in her university course work, but did not truly discover it until a special needs child she cared for enrolled in a local Montessori toddler program. She was so impressed by not only the caring and nurturing environment, but by the philosophy of the program and the independence it fostered, that she soon began working as a toddler classroom assistant teacher at The Boyd School (now LePort Montessori). Ms. Genevieve had the pleasure of working as an assistant teacher in a Montessori infant and toddler environment for several years before beginning her Montessori Infant/Toddler training. She received her Montessori certification for ages 0-3 at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in North Carolina. She also became a trained Doula and childbirth educator through DONA with additional training in lactation education, and expectant mother and baby nutrition. She's excited to share her passion for Montessori with our families!

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