OUR MISSION

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NURTURING INDEPENDENCE, DIVERSITY, AND RESPECT.

Our mission is to provide a nurturing educational environment, loving care, and the encouragement necessary for children to become independent, creative, and confident learners who accept new challenges and are active participants in their communities. We serve students ages 6 months to 5 years. 

We believe that the Montessori method is the best way to foster independence and to allow children to learn at their own pace, with minimal intrusion into each child's learning process. Also built upon Montessori principles for learning, our language immersion model helps children learn Spanish quickly through consistent exposure.

 

“A loving, structured, Montessori experience where my children have learned a range of skills, from social and emotional lessons, through practical fine and gross motor skills. On top of this wonderful education, they have learned the foundation of Spanish and can converse as well as comprehend the language. ” — CARY BURCH

OUR FACILITY

Located in DC’s Sixteenth Street Heights neighborhood, Estrellitas Montessori School provides year-round education to children ages 6 months to 5 years.

Our operating hours are Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm. For students who need to arrive earlier, we offer before care from 8:00 to 8:30am. 

Prepared Environments for Learning

Estrellitas is a place designed with children in mind. From the furniture to the way that food is served, the environment is set up to foster independence. Our facility also features 2 indoor playgrounds as well as an outdoor play space.

As of 2019, Estrellitas now has the entire building at 5331 Colorado Avenue NW. It was recently renovated with a new A/C system, a new roof, an upgraded security system, and an intercom system.

 

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Our leadership team is designed to not only optimize the administration of our school, but to support teachers in their professional trajectory enabling them to become the best facilitators for child development and exploration. To truly live Montessori principles, we rely on the expertise of our teachers to develop and adapt our curriculum to the individual needs of children and create facilitated learning environments. 

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MARILYN MEDRANO
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

With more than 15 years of early childhood education experience, Marilyn is the proud founder and director of Estrellitas Montessori School.

YAMILET MEDRANO
OPERATIONS MANAGER

Yamilet Medrano loves working with young children and seeing them grow. 

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CRISTINA ENCINAS
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

Ms. Cristina has dedicated her life to education and specializes in providing environments where students thrive.

BRENDA VÁZQUEZ BERCIAN

Brenda supports the Estrellitas PKEEP program and Brillando camps.  Brenda is from El Salvador and brings her culture and language to support the education of Estrellitas Children.  She is committee to support our faculty in delivering education following all the regulations to maintain our High Quality standards based on Capitol Quality.  Brenda wants to create an environment of Diversity Equity and Inclusion. 
Brenda holds a BBA from Mary Mount University with experience in working with Melwood Recreation Center.   

 

OUR HISTORY

Like many parents, Marilyn Medrano was considering child care options when she was expecting her first child. And like many of us, she was surprised by the long waiting lists and the institutional feel of many of the existing care providers. As a native of Argentina, Marilyn was also hoping to find care that would allow her children to retain their Spanish language so that they might speak easily with their grandparents. 

In 2008, with existing options being unsatisfactory, Marilyn decided the best option would be to start her own school. Begun as a home daycare, Estrellitas Montessori School is now housed in two locations: DC's Sixteenth Street Heights neighborhood and Takoma Park, MD. The school ensures that children up to age 5 are treated like people and given the encouragement to become independent and curious citizens of their community.

 

OUR CREDENTIALS

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