What is Montessori Learning?
Download Our E Book
A parent's guide to a Montessori Education for your child
Download Our E Book
Request a Personal Tour
Schedule Now
Schedule a class observation

Before & After Care

Before and after care is available to children who are enrolled in any of our classes. Children are welcomed to before and after care outside of class time. At our Danville and Livermore locations, we have before and after care from 7 AM to 9 AM , and again from 12 PM to 6:30 PM . At our Dublin location, we have before and after care available all day from 7 AM to 6:30 PM. At our Orinda location, we have before and after care from 7 AM to 9 AM , and again from 12 PM to 6:00 PM . The Montessori before and after care environment provides a flexible option for families who need a longer day at school. Before and After Care is only billed for the time that you use.

The areas of the before and after care classroom are arranged to give the child choices of activities throughout their stay. As in our other programs, there is a head before and after care teacher. The art, dramatic play, constructive/manipulative, snack, and reading areas are designed to draw the children’s attention and provide a creative outlet for them. In addition to the options on the shelves, the children are invited to circle time, where special projects, presentations, songs, stories, movement activities, and expressive language opportunities are engaged in daily.

Special projects might include art, cooking, movement, music, and science. The children also enjoy the large outside playground. The Montessori principles are followed in the before and after care environment, providing continuity with the classroom experience. The children in this environment have an opportunity to work/play with their friends in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere.

A Typical Before & After Care Schedule

  • 7:00 - 8:15 AM

    Early morning welcoming, all activities open, eat breakfast

  • 8:15 - 8:30 AM

    Morning circle

  • 8:30 - 9:00 AM

    Playground activities

  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Class time/Morning Before Care where applicable

  • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

    Lunch

  • 12:30 - 3:00 PM

    Group presentation and/or individual work time/snack

  • 3:00 - 3:30 PM

    Group presentation, including special project/featured activity

  • 3:30 - 4:00 PM

    Free choice/work time/individual snack

  • 4:00 - 5:00 PM

    Playground activities

  • 5:00 PM

    Pick Up

Program Goals

Communication Development

Supporting your child's verbal, non-verbal, and listening skills for connecting with family, friends, and beyond.

  • Learning vocabulary by naming familiar and new items
  • Developing conversation skills by interacting with teachers and using books, pictures, and interesting objects
  • Songs, games, and circle activities
  • Following one-step directions
  • Listening and responding to others

Growing Brain Power

Providing an enriched environment and the personal relationships to make the most of your child's amazing brainpower.

  • Exploring cause and effect by filling and emptying containers, digging in sand, and playing games like peek-a-boo
  • Matching colors and shapes
  • Confirming object permanence by playing games such as “Guess where it went?”
  • Exploring the senses through different textures, tastes, smells, and sounds

Building Relationships

Helping your child develop trust, self-confidence, and problem solving skills for positive relationships with friends, parents, and teachers.

  • Participating during circle time, songs, and games
  • Bonding with teachers in a safe, loving environment
  • Learning to work in a setting with other children
  • Growing listening skills through conversations, games, and stories
  • Identifying and expressing emotions positively

Helping Healthy Bodies Flourish

Nurturing your child's physical well-being through active play and body awareness.

  • Identifying body parts through games, songs, and active play
  • Practicing daily-living skills through dressing, having snack, and cleaning up with the teacher’s assistance
  • Exploring and developing body skills while climbing, running, crawling, and jumping

Creativity and Individual Expression

Promoting an atmosphere that inspires your child's unique character through art, movement, music, and dramatic play.

  • Singing and playing rhythm instruments
  • Exploring a wide variety of art materials
  • Games, poems, and activities for moving and grooving

Is Montessori right for my child?

Observe a class and see if Fountainhead is the best placement for your family. By observing a class, you will get a feel for the environment and curriculum. Feel free to observe multiple classrooms to make sure you have the best fit possible for your child.

Observe a Class