Aidan Program for Families (APF)

We work closely with our parents to provide the best possible experience for children. The relationship between home and school should be harmonious and interdependent.

At Aidan we offer help and support in the form of the Aidan Program for Families (APF). The goal of APF is to help parents create and maintain a home environment that complements the Montessori experience of their child at school. When we work together with parents, we do a better job of allowing each child to realize his or her greatest potential for learning and to become an independent, self-motivated and contributing member of the world community. 

Here is a summary of APF events:

Montessori Beginnings

Expectant parents and those caring for an infant can take Prenatal Yoga, Parent/Infant Yoga or Parent/Infant Community to experience the Montessori approach to very young children. 

Montessori Parent Nights

A chance to discuss parenting and the Montessori experience with Aidan faculty and staff.

Montessori Makeovers

Informal discussions of ways to make every room at home more Montessori-friendly.

Muffins and Montessori

Breakfast gatherings that give parents the opportunity to chat about topics affecting their child(ren).

Book Study Groups

Evening gatherings to discuss the ideas, theories and practices described in a current parenting book.

Classroom Observations 

Parents will receive invitations each year to observe their child in the classroom. For Observation FAQs please click here.

Journey and Discovery

This workshop, designed for parents, grandparents or other adults in your child's life, is an unique opportunity for a "hands on" experience with the Montessori materials. Adults attend one evening for a journey through Toddler, Primary and Elementary classrooms to begin to get a sense of the differences between Montessori and traditional education models. They return the next morning, where, under the guidance of the teachers, they work directly with preselected materials to discover Montessori from the perspective of the child. Each session ends with a lively discussion. It is required that parents attend once in the first two years of their child's time at Aidan. Childcare is provided for this adults-only event. In fall 2015, Journey & Discovery will take place on October 23-24.

For questions regarding the Aidan Program for Families please contact Denise Merkel at

APF Events

Mon Nov 30

Caregiver Basics 101, Part II

Location: Aidan Montessori School
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Siblings in Harmony

Location: Aidan Montessori School
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Wed Dec 02

Primary Parent Night

Location: Aidan Montessori School
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Fri Dec 04

Session I: NYCEH- Nurturing Your Child's Emotional Health

Location: Aidan Montessori School
8:45 AM - 9:30 AM
Thu Dec 10

Book Study

Location: Modifi/Rosenthal Home, 2822 28th Street NW
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM