Age: 18 – 36 Months

The Community Montessori Toddler program is approved and recognized by the State of Indiana as a Toddler Ministry. Our program serves children ages 18 months to 3 years of age.  We offer the choices available of Half-Day, Full-Day or All-Day option for the school year.

Dr. Maria Montessori understood that a child’s education begins at birth and the first few years of life, being the most formative, are important both physically and mentally.

Development of the brain and the child’s intelligence in these early years proceeds at a rapid rate. This is humanity’s unique opportunity for each child to construct his individual potential and independence.



The Toddler Program fosters a young child’s independence and determination. The young child is able to use the materials found in the toddler classroom to maximize his development. The classroom is referred to as the prepared environment, meaning that each activity has a purpose to aid the child in the development of their self confidence.

The classroom is staffed with a specially trained teacher, called a Directress, and up to two classroom assistants. A toddler classroom is typically comprised of 10-15 children ranging in age from 18 months to 3 years. We strive to maintain a 1:5 Directress to children ratio in the Toddler Program.


Work is done in a two-hour work cycle, where the children have ample time to engross themselves in work, thereby building concentration skills. Children are shown classroom materials as they demonstrate that they are ready and receive one-on-one lessons with the directress. Once a lesson has been shown, the child is welcome to do the work over and over again. Repetition is a recognized tool in mastering a skill.

Throughout the school year, parents have many opportunities to become informed about the Montessori approach to learning their child is experiencing. Through Parent Information Nights, Parent/Child Mornings, Parent/Directress Conferences and classroom observations, parents are informed and kept well abreast of the happenings in their child’s education at CMS.

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Traditional School Year

Inclusive of Before Care and After Care, CMS is open from 7:30am-5:30pm weekdays.  Our classrooms are in session from 8:30am-3:00pm, with half-day students leaving at noon.  The school year normally starts mid-August and typically runs through the end of May.

Half-day, Full-day and All-day (which Includes Before & After Care) programming options are five days per week:

7:30am-8:30am – Before Care (for All-day students)  
8:20am-8:35am – Morning drop-off via carline
11:45am-12:00pm – Half-day students dismissed via carline
3:00pm-3:15pm – Full-day students dismissed via carline
3:00pm-5:30pm – After Care (for All-day students)

Typical Daily Schedule

8:30am – Arrival; change into indoor slippers, potty break
8:30an-10:45am – Work cycle (includes songs at 10:15am and Group Snack around 10:25am)
10:45am – Clean-up, potty break, dressed to go outside
11:00-11:30am – Outside time (In case of inclement weather, indoors)
11:45am – Half-day student departure; Full/All-day student lunch

12:30-2:45pm – Full/All-day student nap
3:00pm – Full-day student departure
3:00-5:30pm – All-day student After Care

2017 -2018 Toddler Program Tuition Rates

Half Day Program School Year

  • 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
  • No before/after care
  • No summer program

Half Day Program All Year

  • 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
  • No before/after care
  • *Includes summer program

Full Day Program School Year

  • 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • No before/after care
  • No summer program

Full Day Program All Year

  • 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • No before/after care
  • * Includes summer program

All Day Program School Year

  • 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • *Includes before/after care
  • No summer program

All Day Program All Year

  • 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • *Includes before/after care
  • *Includes summer program

• A non-refundable fee of $400 is required with new contracts to reserve a space for your student.
• Tuition payments made in 10- or 12-month increments through online FACTS payment system.

• All programs and fees are based on a five-day week.
• Siblings receive a 10 percent discount on the lowest tuition rate.