Assistants to Infancy

The Assistants to Infancy training is focused on infants and toddlers, as well as prenatal care and new parent education. In this course, we conduct an in-depth study of early childhood development, Montessori pedagogy and practice, and current scientific research pertaining to the development of children from conception through age three. You will learn to create the type of environment and classroom community that is tailored to the needs of infants from the moment of birth, in the first year of life, and throughout the toddler stage in order to best nurture their quest for independence and self-construction of their personalities.

*This program is MACTE accredited.*

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The curriculum for this unique teacher training program was originally created by Dr. Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro, a legend in Montessori education. Dr. Montanaro earned her M.D. in medicine and surgery with a specialty in psychiatry from the University of Rome. Since 1955, she has specialized in the application of the Montessori method to children from birth to age three. She developed and refined the Assistants to Infancy program that we now use at MISD over the course of many years, through her work in clinics and hospitals preparing couples to nurture their young children, and through her work as the Director of Training for AMI Assistants to Infancy teacher training programs worldwide.

In the Assistants to Infancy teacher training, you will study:

  1. Montessori pedagogy and philosophy, including Dr. Montessori’s theory of the natural development of the child from conception to three years of age.
  2. Anatomy and physiology.
  3. Obstetrics, including prenatal development, birth, and postnatal development.
  4. Nutrition and hygiene, including maternal care, the digestive system, food preparation, and health issues.
  5. Child neuropsychiatry, including the nervous system and normal psychological development.
  6. The development of language and movement in young children.
  7. Preparing the type of environment that best aids human development during the first three years of life.
  8. Music, art, and the spiritual development of young children.
  9. The skill of carefully and systematically observing young children in order to better understand and nurture each child as an individual.

In addition to your work in the MISD classroom, you will engage in practical training with children, including structured observation of children in homes and infant communities.


Current Course

Assistants to Infancy Hybrid (3-modules) 2021-22
September 27 – November 19, 2021 [online, M-F, 4-8pm (PT)]
January 24 – February 11, 2022 [online, M-F, 4-8pm (PST)]
April 11 – May 13, 2022 [in person, M-F, 8AM – 5:30PM (PDT)]
Director of Training: Alejandra Rosas
Guest Lecturer: Dr. Silvia C. Dubovoy


Assistants to Infancy (2-modules) 2020-21
January 13 – March 13, 2020
January 18 – March 5, 2021
Monday-Friday, 8:00am-3:00pm
Director of Training: Dr. Silvia Dubovoy
Lecturers: Alejandra Rosas, Dr. Mario Salguero