Cornerstone has traditionally taken a proactive role in evaluating our programs and enrollment policy to ensure that the child's best interest is met.
Our Toddler Program is a full-time (8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.) program designed to accommodate up to ten toddlers ages 18 months until 3 years old, at which time they will be transitioned into our preschool program. We designed this program as such, to form a small community and provide consistency for these children. Extended day hours (7:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.) are also available to families enrolled in our Toddler Program.
Currently we are working towards enrolling children in our preschool program at age 3 rather than 2-1/2 and prefer that children continue attending our program through Kindergarten. Our policy is to enroll children in our Montessori preschool program for a minimum of two years and then attend our Kindergarten program at age 5. We believe that this provides a consistent and good foundation for emotional, social, and educational growth of a child. Montessori education is designed to teach children in multi-aged classrooms in a three-year cycle. We strongly believe that it is in the best interest of a child to provide consistency for the child. While we understand and respect that each family must make decisions based on what will work best for your family, we find it necessary to convey our viewpoint and inform prospective families of the possibility of forfeiting the tuition deposit should a family decide to withdraw their child from our school prior to the end of the child's Kindergarten year. Please refer to our Curriculum Overview for further information on the three year cycle.
Dr. Montessori maintained that it is most beneficial for children to engage in a minimum of a three hour uninterrupted work period per day to achieve the results for which the Montessori Method of education is renowned. Beginning the 2012-2013 School Year, our minimum program for Preschool will be 5-Half Days with options to attend 2, 3, 4, or 5 afternoons, either Full or Extended Day, as we move towards an effort to truly honor Dr. Maria Montessori's vision and provide our community with an authentic Montessori early childhood education.