About the USA Montessori Census

Our Mission

As the nation’s premier statistical agency on Montessori, we provide a vital national resource.

These pages contain a wealth of information about the people and schools involved in Montessori — information that can be used by:

  • General public
  • Researchers
  • Federal, state, and local governments

in making important decisions about education reform and the proper role of Montessori in that reform effort.

We are committed to handling your information responsibly and with respect. This commitment applies to the individuals, non-profit organizations, and businesses that answer our surveys, and to those browsing our website.

About The USA Montessori Census

About the Census

We are currently witnessing a surge of interest in early learning. For the first time since the early 1960’s policymakers, researchers, and families are all focused on processes, outcomes, and return on investments in early childhood education.

As this interest continues to grow, Montessori education is also capturing the attention of those same audiences; prompting an urgent need for accurate, complete and up-to-date information about the state of Montessori schooling in the United Sates. The Census Project is a response to that need.

This census will:

  • Provide, for the first time, accurate information related to the number, location, and organization of all Montessori programs operating the USA.
  • Enable individuals and organizations to make informed decisions about the future role of Montessori in their community and/or family.
  • Allow all those involved in Montessori in the United States to have accurate information related to the practice of Montessori education.

At completion, we will know enrollment figures, school sizes, the staffing patterns, and programmatic details such as work period length and student groupings.

These statistics will be invaluable for individual Montessori schools and for the larger American educational community.


Organizations and associations across the Montessori spectrum are assisting the project.

All recognize the value of this effort. When completed, we will have the largest database ever collected on the state of Montessori education.

The census project is being managed as a collaborative effort of the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector (NCMPS) and The Center for Research on Developmental Education (CRDE). The census is one of three projects that will build a comprehensive database related to the methods and outcomes of Montessori education. To learn more about the What, Why and How Project, click here.

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About the USA Montessori Census

The census is a collaborative project spanning the entire Montessori movement. Its purpose is to provide complete and accurate information about the state of Montessori in the United States.


National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector, dedicated to bringing more publicly supported, fully implemented Montessori education to more families.

Other NCMPS initiatives include: Teach-Montessori.org and MontessoriPublic.org.

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