The Child & Family Institute programs focus on families. We strive to support every family, create opportunities for joyful play, encourage rituals and traditions, and build a caring community.
Our prepared environment is based on the teachings of Maria Montessori. We encourage the natural development of children and encourage their growing independence.
Parents are encouraged to let their children follow their hearts as they make choices within a spiritual environment we call “the Meadow.”
Both parents and children experience the magic of this approach as they laugh, play, share, listen and love together. Parents feel comfortable in this environment because it is in many ways an extension of their own homes.
Whoever touches the life of the child touches the most sensitive point of a whole which has roots in the most distant past and climbs toward the infinite future.
–Dr. Maria Montessori
Heart Voice Leader
Teacher/Heart Voice Leader
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Melody Baumgartner, President
Brooke Larkins, Director
Ellie Fischbacher Maldonado
Child & Family Institute
330 Ravenswood Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025
We are fortunate to share a campus with Trinity School and Trinity Church, but are not affiliated with either program.
Please park in our parking lot at 330 Ravenswood Avenue (be careful not to park in "Tenant" spots), or near our other entrance at 1040 Laurel Street, or on any neighboring street (be mindful of the street signs!)
Mother-Child Tea Storyteller