Pacelli to offer full-day Montessori for Austin community

Jul 14, 2019 by

Looking to offer more childcare options in Austin, Pacelli Catholic Schools is stepping up to the plate with a new option for families with young children.

For the last six months, Pacelli has held serious conversations about offering a new preschool option for the community. Hearing about the need for childcare, the school decided to expand their offerings by adding its first all-day Montessori program that will start on Sept. 3.

Montessori will be held five days a week for children between the ages 3 to 5 from Monday through Friday. The classes start at 8 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m.

Much of the education that the children will be receiving is similar to traditional preschool, but also has some faith-based learning as well, focusing on the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

Those who want to enroll for Montessori do not have to be students attending Pacelli Catholic School, opening up the early childhood development program for everyone who wants a faith-based experience for their child, or to simply learn about other faiths.

“This program is open to the whole community,” said Principal Jean McDermott. “Anyone who wants a faith-based education and to deepen their children’s relationship with Jesus can find it here at Pacelli.”

The doors are open for anyone in Austin who needs a preschool option for their children. They do not have to be enrolled in Pacelli Catholic Schools in order to receive childcare services. Other preschool options at Pacelli, such as Shamrock Zone, Tiny Shamrocks and Kindergarten-Prep, will continue to be offered.

McDermott shared that because of high demand for childcare in Austin, spaces have been filling up quickly at the Montessori and would like interested parents to register their child by Aug 1. Tuition for the entire school year at Pacelli is $4,355, with financial aid options made available for those who require assistance.

Knowing that many families from low-income backgrounds struggle to afford childcare for their children, Pacelli wanted to notify parents about opportunities for financial aid through the Hiawatha Education Foundation for full-day Montessori programs. The foundation will offer grants to help parents offset the cost of tuition.

Qualifying preschools and kindergarten Montessori programs must be located in the state and must provide IRS certification for nonprofit status.

Source: Rooted in Faith: Pacelli to offer full-day Montessori for Austin community – Austin Daily Herald | Austin Daily Herald

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