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More than a simple day care, Montessori Community School provides the highest quality Montessori education from birth through kindergarten.

MCS strives for a true Montessori experience which is structured by AMI (Associated Montessori Internationale) principles. We are the only school accredited by AMI in the Santa Cruz and Monterey area, and one of just a handful of schools in the Bay Area.

Each child at MCS is actively supported in the self-directed pursuit of lifelong intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth. Some families appreciate the children’s joyful learning, others enjoy the beautiful indoor and outdoor children’s environments, many thrive in our warm community. We welcome you to browse our website and visit our school and see for yourself! Come on in and learn more about our programs for infantstoddlers, and primary children. You’ll quickly find that we are so much more than a simple day care or preschool.



Our Nido Program (Italian for nest) serves infants from 6 weeks of age to 18 months. Maria Montessori believed that education as an “Aid to Life” begins from the period of pregnancy.


The Puffins & Jellyfish, our Toddler classes, serve children from 18 months of age through 3 years. For this age group, we offer half day and full day programs four days and five days a week.

Primary Children

At three years, sometimes earlier, children are ready to join one of our Primary/Preschool environments. We have three classrooms: The Dolphins, The Otters and The Octopus. Here they will stay for three years & through Kindergarten.