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What’s News at Montclare



Montclare Director, Cathy Makropoulos, was invited by Bright Start Foundation to be a Vice Chair on the Advisory Council, as well as present a workshop at their 1st Bright Start Conference whose focus is primarily on the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA region) in Abu Dhabi in November.

The Foundation’s  objective is to “Improve Health Care and Well-Being for Infants and Children in identified Geographical areas and with special focus on the First Five Years of life.”

The 1st Bright Start Conference for the MENA region marked an important milestone towards introducing best practices on Early Childhood Development and equipping participants with practical strategies and tools to enhance their knowledge and skills in order to:


*Deliver the best developmentally sensitive, evidence-based education, stimulating children’s cognitive, emotional, social and physical development

*Support & empower parents to give their children the best possible start in life.


During Cathy’s time at the conference she participated in an Early Leadership Forum on Parental Engagement and Involvement Strategies, and conducted a workshop  ‘Establishing an All-inclusive Program’ that focused on harmonized, meaningful and holistic approaches to at-risk children ages 2-5. The session outlined clear steps so that administrators can implement effective intervention processes in their schools through effective leadership and practice.

This gave the attendees an opportunity to reflect on and define their own leadership identity and journey while providing Cathy with an opportunity to showcase Montclare Children’s School and the wonderful work we do.


We are delighted to share that the Middle States Association (MSA) has granted us an accreditation for seven years, with a mid-term review report due in the third year of accreditation! This has been an intensive, multi-year process for our school and it involved each and every member of our staff and members of our parent community.

The Designing Our Future protocol provides an accreditation option for schools that can demonstrate: (In addition to meeting the 12 standards)

  • *A rigorous and authentic self-assessment.
  • *Having a system of continuous planning for school improvement.
  • *Developing objectives and action plans for improving areas of student performance and organizational capacity.
  • *Faithfully implementing an improvement plan over the next seven years and achieving the goals that were set.
  • *We created objectives and action plans for the three areas of focus, (Assessment, Enhancing our Social Emotional Curriculum and Creating Teacher Standards) which we will be working on over the next three years. The Planning Committee and all our MCS Community will work together to successfully pursue this endeavor.

This MSA accreditation process served as an authentic professional development experience, and having been granted accreditation for seven years is a validation of our community’s hard work!

Design Thinking and Innovation in the Early Childhood Classroom – Workshop! October, 2019


Sasha Wilson, Associate Director, and Jenny Bruce, Communications Director, presented a workshop on Design Thinking and Innovation in the Early Childhood Classroom in Scarsdale at the WAEYC Fall Early Childhood Conference, Scarsdale, NY! With a focus on creative problem solving and Design Thinking, there was a lot of inspiration and community in the room – Some amazing teamwork! 🌟 The participants had fun and so did the presenters. This is Sasha and Jenny’s 3rd Workshop Presentation. Previously, they presented at NYSAIS TWC (Teaching With Technology) Conference, April 2019 and FETC, Orlando, January 2019!

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