Our initial idea, years ago, was to enroll our daughter at Bay Montessori for the excellent daytime childcare, but when I saw our 2-year-old learning and, even more, developing independence -- mind you, after only a few months being there -- I knew this was a very special place. Daycare turned into pre-kindergarten, and pre-k turned into kindergarten, and at every step in the process I saw my daughter growing and learning -- and not just information, but confidence and relationship skills. Not only did the teachers and staff know her name and provide a community for her and for us, they also knew her capabilities, her promise. Bay Montessori has always felt to me like a place that encourages development, for sure, but more importantly tends it, nurtures it: I remember how much my daughter wanted to do nothing more than read her book to me, aloud, and she was only four! The child-centered approach at the heart of Bay Montessori is not just an idea, but something I've experienced as a heartfelt practice. At every step, I have been informed and felt supported in helping my daughter's formation, and if I'm feeling these things I know how much my daughter is, too! Her transition to lower elementary was just as smooth as those other transitions, and I'm proud of how much she's growing and learning, and equally proud that she's becoming an incredibly kind and caring young woman, as well.