I opened the doors to The Children’s House of Washington in September of 1981. There were many concepts that were important to me in making a space for children that would be challenging, enticing and inviting. Having a Montessori- based curriculum was the vehicle that seemed to offer children these opportunities.

As the school is located in Washington, D.C., I knew my goal of having a diverse population would be met. During these 30+ years we have had children whose native languages included Spanish, French, Farsi, Italian, Russian, Swedish, German, Arabic, Portuguese and Chinese. Learning to get along with people who are different from one another is easily absorbed at a young age.

Another goal I set for The Children’s House was to have a scholarship program. Though located in Georgetown, I wanted this wonderful setting for children to be available for families who had the interest in a Montessori education, but perhaps not the financial ability to do so.

The Children’s House of Washington is at an exciting crossroads. A new generation has begun at school. With my retirement in June of 2012, my talented and capable staff is now leading the school forward with Monica Brewer as Director.

I hope upon visiting our school you will feel the way the staff and I do about this early learning opportunity for your child.

Patti Harburger
Founder; Director; Teacher