Endeavor Schools Adds Ninth School to Atlanta Metro Area: Parker-Chase Preschool in North Peachtree City

Endeavor Schools continues to expand its Atlanta area presence with another addition to its fast-growing network of high-quality schools.

The Miami-based education management company recently finalized its acquisition of the former Kids R Kids location in North Peachtree City, located approximately 30 miles south of downtown Atlanta. The school will be rebranded as Parker-Chase Preschool, which is one of Endeavor’s most successful and respected brands with several locations in Georgia and Texas.

Endeavor Schools now owns and operates nine schools in the Atlanta area, including three Parker-Chase schools.

The newest Parker-Chase already has a solid reputation in the community because of its talented, dedicated staff and beautiful facilities. Endeavor Schools will continue to enhance that excellence to ensure that the North Peachtree City community will always have high-quality education available for young children.

The North Peachtree City Parker-Chase school will provide childcare and education for children at the infant stage through pre-kindergarten. In addition to exceeding all Georgia state education standards, the new Parker Chase school will continue its use of the highly regarded Creative Curriculum, which supports learning and development through play and the creation of rich, nurturing environments.

“We are very excited to bring the Parker-Chase mission to Peachtree City and look forward to working with the school’s tenured, dedicated staff. The school has such a deep connection to the community and has provided excellent support over the years,” said Danielle Millman, the Chief Growth and Experience Officer at Endeavor Schools. “We will continue to strengthen that bond by maintaining NAEYC accreditation and providing children with a high-quality, innovative education in a safe, loving environment.”

The new Parker-Chase school contains an elegant, 12,000-square foot facility and is located on a nearly 2-acre lot with secure outdoor play areas. The location is ideal for North Peachtree City residents with its proximity to Joel Cowan Parkway.

“Adding this location was important to us because we want to show our commitment to serving Atlanta area residents by giving families the best in early childhood education in as many locations as possible,” said Endeavor Schools CEO, Ricardo Campo. “We welcome our new students, families and employees and look forward to serving them for many years to come.”

Endeavor Schools has added seven schools thus far in 2021 and plans to add several more by year-end. As one of the leading education management companies in the United States with more than 60 schools, the company is committed to bringing high-quality private education to all areas of the country.

 

EY Announces Endeavor Schools CEO Ricardo Campo as an Entrepreneur of the Year® 2021 Florida Award Finalist

Ernst & Young LLP has announced that Ricardo Campo, the CEO of Endeavor Schools, was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Florida Award finalist. Now in its 35th year, the Entrepreneur of the Year program honors unstoppable business leaders whose ambition, ingenuity and courage in the face of adversity help catapult us from the now to next and beyond.

Campo was selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced during a special virtual celebration on August 5, 2021 and will become lifetime members of an esteemed community of Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni from around the world.

During a time when schools were shuttered across the country, Endeavor Schools remained open by enforcing the highest safety standards recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and local health departments. Throughout the 2020 pandemic, Endeavor Schools served as a lifeline for frontline workers who needed childcare so that they can help their communities during that difficult time.

“It’s an incredible honor to be selected as a finalist for this award and a reflection of the incredible hard work of our employees,” Campo said. “The past year has brought obvious challenges, yet our team has not only persevered, but exceled to provide high-quality education for children across the country. I’m so proud of our students, teachers, and support team, for the grit they have all demonstrated. I’d also like to congratulate my fellow nominees on all of their hard work and success.”

Entrepreneur of the Year is one of the preeminent competitive award programs for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The nominees are evaluated based on six criteria: entrepreneurial leadership; talent management; degree of difficulty; financial performance; societal impact and building a values-based company; and originality, innovation and future plans. Since its launch, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries around the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards, to be announced in November 2021 at the Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in June 2022.

Sponsors

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America.

In Florida, sponsors also include Premium sponsor PNC Bank and Supporting sponsors DLA Piper LLP and Donnelly Financial Solutions.

About Entrepreneur of the Year®

Entrepreneur of the Year® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur of the Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. National Overall winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year™ title. ey.com/us/eoy

Endeavor Schools Expands to Colorado with 3 New Acquisitions

The Academy Early Childhood Education School in Arvada and Westminster, Colorado, is one of the latest schools to join the Endeavor Schools family.

Endeavor Schools, one of the nation’s fastest-growing education management companies, has expanded to Colorado with the acquisition of two preschools in the Denver metropolitan area.

The new schools include The Academy Early Childhood Education Center’s two locations in Arvada and Westminster, and the Parker Landing Child Development Center in Parker. With these new additions, Endeavor Schools is now operating 59 schools in 13 states with plans for more expansion this year.

“The Academy Early Childhood Education Schools and the Parker Landing School are excellent locations that have built solid reputations in their communities,” said Danielle Millman, the Chief Growth & Experience Officer of Endeavor Schools. “When we looked to expand in Colorado, we sought schools with high-quality academics and talented, dedicated teachers who are passionate about children’s education. These schools exceed those requirements and we couldn’t be more excited to work with them and their tenured, gifted leadership teams.”

Parker Landing’s excellent program includes a focus on all aspects of a child’s growth, including intellectual, physical and social development, while The Academy offers an innovative curriculum through discovery-oriented learning. Both schools have long track records of providing the kind of high-quality, academic-rich education that Endeavor Schools is known for.

The campuses of both schools are designed to enhance the early childhood education experience with inspiration and safety with modern, state-of-the-art educational facilities and play areas. In addition, each campus is conveniently located for families in the surrounding areas.

The Academy and Parker Landing will continue providing excellent education programs with their talented teaching staff members. Endeavor Schools will enhance the schools with its nationwide support network in academics, information technology, human resources, and marketing.

For Endeavor Schools, expanding to Colorado is another example of the company’s impressive growth during the first half of 2021. Earlier this year, Endeavor Schools added two new locations in Atlanta.

In March, Inc. Magazine ranked Endeavor Schools as one of the fastest-growing companies in Florida with 61 percent growth over the past two years.

“Our growth strategy is to partner with schools that exhibit excellence and passion in all aspects of children’s education, so that we can help them continue serving families in their communities,” said Endeavor Schools CEO Ricardo Campo. “We have been fortunate to work with so many great schools and look forward to creating new partnerships around the country.”

Why a Customized Employer-Sponsored Childcare Program is the Best Choice to Meet Companies’ Childcare Needs

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the childcare industry, causing available childcare slots to drop drastically across the country. According to a survey from the Bipartisan Policy Center and MorningConsult, more than 40 percent of parents have said that their regular childcare provider has closed temporarily or permanently. This has put a great burden on working parents who rely on professional childcare providers so that they can pursue their careers while knowing their children are safe.

Endeavor’s employer-sponsored childcare programs can relieve that burden. 

By offering employees a consistent, reliable, and professional childcare program, employers provide a benefit that assures safety and peace of mind not only for their employees but their families, as well. However, finding a provider that meets all of a company’s needs can be difficult.  From daily schedules, the ages of children served, to the education and care preferences of individual employees, it’s vital that the program employers choose is customized to the unique needs of their families.

With Endeavor’s Employer-Sponsored Childcare Program, we provide employers with a service that allows them to have a program designed specifically for their employees’ needs while balancing their budgetary constraints. Most importantly, we operate the childcare program with experienced childcare and management professionals.

Certainty and Confidence

With so much upheaval in the childcare industry, a program specifically for one company ensures that employees have the confidence that their childcare needs will be met each day. Whether the employee is working at home or in the office, they will be able to remain focused on their work knowing that their children are in the care of trusted childcare professionals.

Designed to Meet Employees’ Needs

Most employer-sponsored childcare programs force companies to fit into an already existing program structure. That’s not efficient and doesn’t meet the unique challenges of each employer. For a childcare program to best benefit a company, it should be designed to fit the needs of the employer and their employees. We focus on all aspects of the program to create customized solutions that fit the work and lifestyle of each company’s community.

Our experienced childcare management professionals take the time to understand what program works best for each company by completing a Childcare Needs Assessment Survey. Through this research process, we are able to develop a uniquely optimized program.

Reflecting Company’s Culture

We design employer-sponsored childcare programs to reflect the company’s culture. These are not cookie-cutter solutions.  We realize that the culture employers create is something special that company leaders have worked hard to create. As part of the development process, we weave the company’s ideals into the childcare program. This upholds the values and spirit of the company while providing a seamless transition to make the childcare program a part of everyday life for employees.

Budget and Flexibility

By developing a program specifically for the company, we have the ability to adhere to the agreed-upon budget that companies allocate for their childcare program. We also understand that employers needs evolve.  Our employer-sponsored model allows us to work as a strategic partner to help address any programmatic changes – such as curriculum requests, service offerings, ages and mix of children served, organic food offerings, or changes to hours of operation.

For more information on our employer-sponsored programs, read about our 6-step process.

 

Endeavor Schools Launches ‘Hybrid’ Montessori Training Program for Working Teachers

Providing professional development opportunities for our teachers is a core asset of our company. And with our Montessori Alameda Teacher Education Program, we provide full-time teachers with the opportunity to learn the Montessori method through a program designed to fit their schedules and needs.

Led by Lee Lanou, the Director of Montessori Education at Endeavor Schools, the Montessori Alameda Teacher Education Program (MOATEP) focuses on principles created by Dr. Maria Montessori, the creator of the teaching method that bears her name. This includes developing the prepared environment and instilling a deep respect for children and sensitivity to their various learning styles. By the end of the program, teachers have a solid understanding of the Montessori method and gain experience in applying them in the classroom.

To fit the schedules of working teachers, the program will include online learning modules, combined with an intensive, in-person summer residency program in Portland, Oregon.

“MOATEP is such a special training program for educators who want to become credentialed Montessori teachers,” Lanou said. “The accessibility for working adults is a cornerstone of our program format.”

Caleb McGuigan, a primary (ages 3 to 6) teacher at Montessori of Alameda in Portland, is one of the first participants in the program and has already began utilizing what he has learned into his classroom.

“Lee does an amazing job of making the subject matter very approachable and understandable,” McGuigan said. “Even after a short period of time I feel as though I’ve been able to grow personally and professionally thanks to Lee and the opportunity to be part of the cohort.”

Combining Two Schools of Montessori Philosophy

Another major feature of MOATEP is that teachers will earn a Montessori teaching credential from the American Montessori Society, but they will also be trained in two schools of Montessori methodology: AMS and Association Montessori International (AMI).

Lanou holds from both AMS and AMI, which gives her the unique expertise to combine best practices from both training methods and implement them into MOATEP’s curriculum. In addition, the MOATEP faculty will include additional instructors trained in one of the two methods.

“What this means for the adult learners is that our program dives incredibly deep into the Montessori theory and philosophy, which the AMI training is known for,” Lanou said. “Understanding the ‘why’ behind what we do as Montessori teachers helps us to be able to offer the children a more thoughtful and powerful educational experience.”

The MOATEP curriculum also contains the ingenuity and creativity that AMS training is recognized for.

“Combined together, this allows teachers to become thoroughly transformed in the training process so that they can best serve the children, which is our primary goal,” Lanou said.

“Within the child lies the fate of the future.” – Dr. Maria Montessori

 With MOATEP, Endeavor Schools plans on contributing to the next generation of Montessori teachers, who will be responsible for guiding the next generation of students.

 By teaching teachers, we can positively impact a larger number of children, which continues to grow exponentially,” Lanou said. “And to be able to give as many young children the opportunity to experience a Montessori education as possible, is vital to creating a humanity which will help to heal our world and create a better future.”

For participants like McGuigan, the benefits of MOATEP are clear.

“If you can dedicate personal time to the program, you should be able to thrive as an educator,” he said.

 Program Details

  • MOATEP tuition is free for Endeavor Schools teachers.
  • The hybrid online and in-person program currently focuses on training teachers for the early childhood stage (ages 3 to 6).
  • The infants and toddlers program (for children under 3) will be conducted fully in residence during Summer 2021.
  • Both programs include comprehensive curriculum includes the full Montessori methodology of Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, and Cultural Studies.
  • Participants complete coursework in child development, observation techniques, effective record keeping, classroom management, healthy parent communication, effective administration, and much more.

Endeavor Schools also has plans to expand the program after the inaugural year to include a hybrid program for infant and toddler training, and to bring the residency training to other cities, including the company’s major hubs of Atlanta and Minneapolis.

For more details on the Montessori Alameda Teacher Education Program and how to apply, visit the program’s website at www.moatep.org.

Introducing the Endeavor Schools ‘E for Excellence’ Program

At Endeavor Schools, we’re committed to developing the best early childhood educators so that our students receive the highest quality early learning environments and experiences they deserve. To continue our commitment to our teachers’ professional development, we are introducing ‘E is for Excellence’ – a 2-year program that provides teachers with training and tuition to obtain the globally recognized Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate and receive extensive guidance from pedagogical coaches to further enhance their teaching skillset.

The CDA is a widely recognized accreditation from the Council for Professional Recognition that is designed to assess and credential early childhood education professionals. We will conduct our program in partnership with the ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), whose CDA program has been awarded Gold Standard distinction by the Council for Professional Recognition.

During the first year of the E for Excellence program, teachers will study for the CDA certification, which focuses on eight core areas:

  1. Planning a safe and healthy learning environment
  2. Advancing children’s physical and intellectual development
  3. Supporting children’s social and emotional development
  4. Building productive relationships with families
  5. Managing an effective program operation
  6. Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
  7. Observing and recording children’s behavior
  8. Understanding principles of child development and learning

After obtaining CDA certification, teachers begin the second year of the program under the guidance of the Endeavor Academic Team, led by Dr. Amy Brereton, Endeavor Schools’ Vice President of Academics. This phase of the program involves discussions and workshops with researchers and thought leaders in the field of early childhood education.

The resources that form the foundation for the second year are developed by some of the most prominent organizations in the Early Childhood Education field, including Harvard’s Center for the Developing Child, The Fred Roger’s Center, Cambridge University’s School of Education’s Play in Education Development and Learning Center, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

This program effectively combines practice and theory in a manner that will improve teachers’ skills, strengthen their understanding of the craft, and enable them to be the next generation of top early childhood educators.

Endeavor Schools Expands Atlanta Presence with Two New Parker-Chase Preschools

Endeavor Schools is proud to announce new additions to its growing network of schools. The education management company has acquired two former Kids ‘R’ Kids franchises in East Roswell and East Cobb, Georgia. Both schools have been renamed as Parker-Chase Preschools, one of Endeavor’s most distinguished brands. The change will take effect immediately and both schools will continue operating without interruption for the children and families they serve.

The acquisition demonstrates Endeavor Schools’ commitment to the Atlanta region. With the addition of the new Parker-Chase schools, Endeavor Schools now owns and operates nine schools in the Atlanta metropolitan area with plans to expand further.

The talented, tenured, and dedicated teaching staff at these schools built solid reputations in their communities for providing high-quality early childhood education. As Parker-Chase Preschools, both schools will continue that legacy. They will also remain accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), one of the most respected early childhood education accreditors in the nation due to its high standards for education and safety.

“The Parker-Chase educational philosophy and focus on outdoor and STEM learning is a perfect match for these new locations and aligns with their existing approach,” said Endeavor Schools Chief Operations Officer, Danielle Millman. “Children respond well to an educational style that is structured around them so that their individual talents can flourish. This is why Parker-Chase has been so successful and families in East Cobb and East Roswell will continue to find this a truly positive educational experience.”

Parker-Chase Preschools was originally founded in 1981 in Carrollton, Texas. In 1985, it became one of the first schools to be accredited by NAEYC. Endeavor Schools acquired Parker-Chase Preschools in 2016, adding it to the company’s long list of reputable schools that excel in providing high-quality early childhood education to their communities.

The new Parker-Chase locations will offer innovative programs for infants through kindergarteners with an after-school program for school age students as well. They will also continue operating with the same staff members who have made such a strong connection with families in the community.

“Maintaining these community bonds is at the core of what makes our schools special,” said Endeavor Schools CEO Ricardo Campo. “We are looking forward to continuing these relationships and creating new ones with our Parker-Chase schools.”

This year promises to be a big one for Endeavor Schools as the company is in negotiations to acquire several more schools across the country. By investing in teachers and school facilities, Endeavor Schools is bringing its consistently high standards of education to more children and families.

“Communities need high-quality schools they can depend on,” Campo said. “We strive to provide consistency, reliability, and superior quality to many more families in the coming year.”

Yale Study Shows School Safety Efforts Can Protect School Employees from COVID-19

At the beginning of the pandemic, Endeavor Schools consulted with top experts to implement a comprehensive safety plan to protect our staff and students. A strong safety plan protects school communities and a Yale University study published in the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics has now provided evidence.

The study, which took place from May 22 to June 8, and surveyed 57,335 childcare workers at the preschool age and below, found that there was no elevated risk of infection to these workers when preventative measures are implemented.

Data was included from all 50 states across the country, with the most data coming from California, Florida, and Ohio – three states where we operate several schools.

“This is the first large-scale study of COVID-19 transmission in childcare programs. The study utilized a large sample of U.S. childcare providers, and results were robust to different analytic approaches and to various tests of exposure interaction effects,” the study’s authors wrote. “Overall, we found no evidence of childcare being a significant contributor to COVID-19 transmission to adults. This finding is consistent with previous studies showing a lack of association between school closures and transmission rates.

According to the study, a major reason why there was no increased exposure is the high level of safety procedures in many schools, which include the following steps:

  • symptom screening upon entrance
  • smaller class sizes
  • social distancing
  • frequent handwashing
  • sanitation of touched objects and surfaces throughout the day

At Endeavor Schools, our safety plan has included all these mitigation efforts and much more. In addition to these protocols, we have professional janitorial services periodically perform enhanced cleaning in our classrooms and outdoor areas and we have also upgraded the air ventilation systems in several of our facilities. We have also implemented stricter limitations on who can enter our schools, limiting entrance only to students and staff.

It is heartening to see a study by a reputable institution like Yale University show that a strong safety plan can protect school workers, especially in the early childhood education field, where children need close supervision. And given that our safety efforts exceed the norm, it only encourages us to continue doing better to protect the health of our staff and students.

Endeavor Schools Launches Learning Labs to Provide an On-Campus Option for Elementary Students in Remote Learning Programs

With the uncertainty surrounding school openings this fall, families need stability and safety so their children can continue their education. For this reason, Endeavor Schools, a top education management and private school company, has created its new Learning Labs Program, which gives elementary students enrolled in remote learning programs an on-campus experience.

Through the Learning Labs Program, elementary students can focus on their work, socialize with peers, and receive teacher assistance throughout the day. They also enjoy the other benefits of being at school, including safe playgrounds for outdoor exercise, healthy food options for lunch, and much more. To keep students safe, Endeavor Schools has enacted a strict safety plan that was developed in coordination with the CDC and Johns Hopkins University.

These qualities are vital components of a well-rounded education, especially for young children. Endeavor Schools designed its Learning Labs to ensure remote learning students have all the educational opportunities they would have during in-person schooling.

“We want to ensure that children have an opportunity to enjoy a positive educational experience this fall,” said Endeavor Schools CEO, Ricardo Campo. “Our Learning Labs Program emphasizes our longstanding commitment to high-quality education while helping families restore normalcy to their lives.”

Experienced, Talented Educators

With more than 50 schools across the country and deep experience in teaching elementary school-age students, Endeavor’s Learning Labs provide a high-quality education program led by a talented team of educators, support staff and seasoned school leaders.

In addition to its talented instructors, high-quality learning materials, and beautiful campuses with a wide array of amenities, Endeavor Schools is also offering STEAM projects and other enrichment opportunities to students enrolled in its Learning Labs.

The combination of an on-campus experience and extracurricular activities make the Endeavor Schools Learning Labs a fantastic alternative for displaced students this fall.

Proven Safety Protocols

The Endeavor Schools Learning Labs will emphasize the school experience while maintaining maximum safety standards. The company’s safety plan has been implemented into each one of the company’s schools across the country. By exceeding safety standards recommended by federal and state governments, Endeavor Schools has the proven ability to protect its students and staff members.

Staff members have been thoroughly trained in the new safety procedures and have been practicing them for several months. Endeavor Schools never closed during the pandemic so that it could provide childcare and education to children of essential workers. The experience gained over the past several months has enabled the staff to gain valuable experience in safety measures, such as maintaining social distance in the classroom and sanitation practices necessary to reduce risk of viral transmission. The Endeavor Schools teaching staff has expertly adapted to the stringent but necessary conditions that are required in schools today.

“We realized early on that essential workers would be counting on us to help them with their childcare needs under new safety guidelines and our teachers stepped up to the task,” said Danielle Millman, the Chief Operations Officer at Endeavor Schools. “That experience has given our staff the ability to provide education to more students under the current circumstances and we are grateful for the opportunity to continue serving our communities.”

The Endeavor Schools Learning Labs Program began operations earlier this month at several of the company’s schools in Georgia, Florida, Ohio, Minnesota, and Texas. In September, the program will be offered at schools in Nevada, Oregon, and California, and potentially other markets.

For more information on this program, please visit: https://www.endeavorschools.com/learning-lab-programs/

Using Outdoor Learning to Maintain a Montessori Environment and Safe Classroom

With our new safety practices to ensure the health and well-being of our staff and students, maintaining a nurturing Montessori environment has created new challenges for our Montessori guides. But these new challenges have given way to new opportunities, such as embracing outdoor learning.

Kinderhouse Montessori in San Diego, CA is one of several Montessori schools in the Endeavor Schools family that has increased use of its outdoor spaces to utilize the natural fresh air and sunshine. Although Endeavor Schools has high-quality HVAC systems in each of its schools, the use of outdoor spaces can make it easier to do activities that enable social distancing. In addition, Kinderhouse’s Jing Zhu says her children experience a calming and stabilizing effect, which can be conducive for concentration and learning.

“The outdoor environment provides children with more natural and milder stimulation in a way the children probably won’t be over or under-stimulated,” Zhu said. “Children just love to be outside. Most of my toddlers are exhilarated when it is the time to be out.”

Outdoor learning is not a novel idea when it comes to a Montessori setting. In fact, Dr. Maria Montessori advocated for outdoor learning during the course of her research.

In The Discovery of the Child, Montessori wrote: “Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and, when the grass of the meadows is damp with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath its shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning as it wakes every living creature that divides its day between waking and sleeping.”

Dr. Amy Brereton, the Vice President of Academics at Endeavor Schools, said outdoor learning activities have been implemented throughout the Endeavor Schools network.

“We promote guided explorations in the natural world whenever possible,” Brereton said. “These explorations may be aimed at learning specific science content, such as plant and animal biology, geology, habitats, astronomy, physics, etc. Also, explorations could have more to do with geography (cartography, terrain, hydrology etc.) or sociology (animal social behaviors, outdoor occupations, community planning etc.).

Tinkering outdoors to learn STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) is another way Endeavor Schools utilizes the outdoors for learning.

“Tinkering involves providing children with a variety of loose part materials that they can use to build endless creations,” Brereton said. “Children have used planks and tubes to make ramps and pathways for balls or trucks (physics, engineering); cardboard or boards to make buildings (engineering, math); ropes, tarps and poles to make tents (engineering, math); and a variety of materials to craft simple machines (technology, math, engineering).”

She adds: “Most children do not consider their creations to be complete until they have taken the time to decorate them (art). These types of projects are well suited for the outdoors because the open space makes large scale creation possible.”

There are also the many benefits of unstructured outdoor activity outdoors, which gives children a chance to rest their minds and process all the material they have been soaking up in school and life.

“While schools across the country are choosing to shorten or eliminate recess, we are choosing to offer children more unstructured time outdoors,” Brereton said. “When children’s brains are working hard to master content, they need breaks. These breaks offer the brain time to file information.”

Pedagogists have done a great deal of research on the benefits of recess. These include increased focus; fewer behavioral issues; improved cognitive function; increased social and emotional growth; and improved physical health, such as stronger immune systems.

“A strong Montessori program supports children’s unstructured engagement with the outdoor environment in the form of recess or ‘brain breaks,’” Brereton said. “The younger the child, the more often they need such breaks.”

Recess is vital for the mental, as well as physical health, in a Montessori setting, according to Lee Lanou, the Director of Montessori Education at Endeavor Schools.

“Dr. Montessori knew, and research confirms, that movement is essential for the growth of a child’s intelligence,” Lanou said. “Movement in nature not only strengthens their muscles but also aids in the development of auditory discrimination, visual cues for depth perception, balance, coordination, agility, and it offers a rich variety of sensory stimuli for the young child’s absorbent mind.”

And most importantly, children experience more joy and happiness throughout the day then they have time outdoors.

When describing her children learning outside on a recent beautiful San Diego day at Kinderhouse Montessori, Zhu said: “Their faces are just glowing, their eyes are shining, and I feel like we are in love with the playground and each other.”