Licenced by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care
The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care is dedicated to helping all children build the strong foundation for healthy and productive lives that is essential for the commonwealth’s future economic prosperity.
Pioneer Valley Montessori School is accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS). PVMS was one of the first 5 schools in the United States to become accredited . The only accredited member school in Hampden County, and one of two in Western Massachusetts. There are only 17 accredited schools in New England and approximately 160 nationally. Accreditation by AMS is a rigorous process that a school must undergo, which involves meeting many standards set by AMS and having an on-site visit by a professional team of educators. Our school has met the standards set forth in the AMS Accreditation School Handbook. Pioneer Valley Montessori School has gone through this process so that you, the parents, can know that your child is at an authentic Montessori school.
Pioneer Valley Montessori School is accredited by the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE). Independent schools are a particular kind of non-profit private school, distinguished by having a free-standing board of trustees that is solely responsible for the school and by being independently funded, primarily by tuition.
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Pioneer Valley Montessori School is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This is an organization that accredits preschool and kindergarten programs. We have been accredited by NAEYC since 2002. Currently there is a stringent re-accreditation process every 5 years.
The mission of the Montessori Schools of Massachusetts is to promote knowledge and understanding of the Montessori methods of education in Massachusetts and to provide a framework for communication and cooperation among Montessori schools within Massachusetts and other New England states, and between these school and other private and public schools, government agencies and organizations concerned with education.