THANK YOU for  participating in the children’s cookie bake sale fundraiser.  Their hard work raised over $500 in three days for the children in Ukraine.  Thank you for your generosity.

September 2022 Preschool Registration.

We are now registering for the September 2022-2023 preschool year, with classes starting in September 2022 and January 2023 (for children turning three in the new year).  Currently (as of 01 Apr 2022), we have one 2 day space and one five day space in the morning 3 year old class.  We have two 5 day spaces in the afternoon Junior Kindergarten prep class.  Please call or email if you would like to visit the school and meet the teachers.  30 minute family visits are scheduled at 3:15pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday when staff are available.  Our annual February Open House has been cancelled for 2022.

Even after classes are at capacity, families will move, needs change, and spaces will become available.  Please phone or email us if you would like to place your name on a wait list, or would like to hear more details.  604.569.2169 or

PLEASE NOTE: We do not offer daycare or all day care.

You will never know how wonderful a Montessori classroom can be, until your child experiences one.

In today’s world, it is important that Maria Montessori’s vision of tolerance, acceptance, love, appreciation of beauty, kindness, respect and peace is stronger than ever. Our goal is to support children develop creatively, intellectually, emotionally and socially, in order to prepare them for kindergarten. Our two-year program introduces children to a strong foundation of personal and social skills. We welcome young minds and families to the joys of a Montessori education.

Some believe that Montessori programs are structured environments.  They are not.  Quite the opposite.  Montessori methodology is child-directed with the teacher as a guide, rather than other early childhood programs which are adult directed. The Montessori approach fosters independence which promotes self-confidence. The confident child is more resilient, is able to problem solve, and is able to take learning and creative risks. Self motivated learning is the core of the Montessori program and philosophy. Students in our classroom move about freely, with our belief that children need to move, touch and experience in order to learn. This is referred to as freedom within boundaries. Socialization is also a major focus, guiding children on appropriate ways to make and keep friendships. Along with traditional Montessori materials, we blend other inspirational teaching tools to merge and complement the Montessori framework. Our program is further enriched by our own cultural studies curriculum, making ours a distinct and unique program.

Traditionally, Montessori preschool had a three-year cycle which included Kindergarten. The inception of all-day Kindergarten has shortened preschool programs to two years. Due to the reduced time frame, we offer a morning program for three-year-olds and an afternoon Kindergarten Prep class for four-year-olds. The Kindergarten Prep class is about preparing and adapting for that leap forward to big school. First-year morning students are given priority for registration into the K-Prep class. The Prep class has been consistently popular for current and returning families for over ten years. Space is limited.

Strathcona Montessori preschool is nestled within the gated community of the Mau Dan Co-op Gardens in the historic Strathcona neighbourhood. Located at 377 Keefer Street, we are centrally located with easy access from the East Village at Nanaimo and Hastings, Chinatown, Yaletown, Gastown, and Vancouver City Centre.

Information about child care and Covid-19 from BC’s Centre for Disease Control can be found here.


Telephone: 604.569.2169