NCMPS transforms lives by cultivating equitable, accessible, sustainable, and humanizing public education through Montessori.
NCMPS envisions a world where every community has equitable access to sustainable, just, and humanizing public education that empowers families, students, and teachers to flourish.
We believe equitable, accessible, sustainable public Montessori programs have the power to disrupt racism, poverty, and structural inequality and transform lives and societies for peace and justice.
As an organization, we
- Center equity, access, and sustainability in building strong schools
- Honor agency and empowerment in children and adults
- Work for Montessori to be a lever of change for a just society.
- Ground our work in academic, community, and field-based research
- Meet partners where they are and work side-by-side with them to build capacity
- Approach our work with optimism and hope for the future
- Honor and celebrate the strength and joy in each individual’s full humanity
NCMPS grows and sustains Montessori in the public sector with a focus on equity and access. More and better public Montessori schools will give children hit hardest by racism, poverty, and structural inequality access to this transformational model.
Nationally, NCMPS builds a public Montessori network—an inclusive community of teachers, coaches, leaders, policy-makers, and researchers committed to child-centered developmental education and the life-changing transformations that result.
Locally, NCMPS partners with communities and schools to build equity, quality, and sustainability through direct school support including start-up, training, assessment, and coaching. We work directly with dozens of schools, supporting hundreds of teachers, and impacting the lives of tens of thousands of children in public Montessori programs throughout the U.S.
NCMPS was launched by the American Montessori Society (AMS) in 2012, and incorporated independently in 2015.
NCMPS co-founder and visionary inspiration Jackie Cossentino passed away in December, 2019. You can read more about her and access her published work here: Remembering Jackie Cossentino
Public Schools Supported
Teachers, Coaches, and Leaders Supported
500+ schools and organizations
Our Funders & Supporters
We are grateful to key funders who have supported NCMPS’s growth and impact over the years.