Christ Church Bay Ridge Preschool Language & Arts Center

A Montessori Based Preschool

We are a “Parent and Me” program structure.
[DOHMH Article 47 §47.01 (c)(2)(C)]

Our goal is to provide a loving, nurturing, stimulating, calm and caring environment for our children. Our center promotes respect, independence, enthusiasm for learning, and appreciation for self and others. The Montessori philosophy of education is to aid in the development of the child’s unique individual potential.

Our mission is to educate children of all cultures and backgrounds based on the Montessori methods providing a solid foundation for the rest of their lives.

Our vision is to be a strong community based early childhood educational center, where parents create strong ties in their community with like minded parents while contributing to their child’s learning environment, based on the Montessori philosophy for people of all cultural backgrounds.

Our academic curriculum consists of reading and math readiness, practical life, sensorial development, geography, cultural subjects, music, art & yoga.

Christ Church Preschool offers this program for children 2 years to 4+ years old.
Offering 1-5 day Programs, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Call (718) 745-1331 to schedule a tour.



Kristine Pagano – Preschool Administrator


Irina Volkov – Montessori Teacher & Yoga Instructor


The following tuition charges are in effect for the 2016-2017 academic year and are subject to change for future years.
1 days (of your choice)     $ 150  per month
2 days (of your choice)     $ 300 per month
3 days (of your choice)     $ 450 per month
4 days (Tues to Fri)           $ 600 per month
5 days (Full Week)            $ 750 per month

NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT POLICY: to ensure a place for a child admitted into our program, a non-refundable deposit of 20% of the annual tuition, plus an additional $50 yearly application fee must be postmarked or received on or before April 14th.. This non-refundable deposit will be credited toward the full tuition, to be applied to the last two months of the school year.

Please make checks payable to: Christ Church Preschool.


The steps for enrollment are as follows:
1.Call to schedule a tour (with your child).
2.Following the tour, if you are interested in enrolling your child, you will receive an enrollment package following the interview.
3.The completed enrollment package along with the first payment (20% of the entire school year,  plus an additional $50 yearly application fee must be postmarked or received on or before April 14th.)
4.Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Priority will be given to students currently enrolled in the school.

Recommended Reading

Here are some great books that will provide more insight in to the origin of the Montessori Philosophy.

Lillard, Paula P. (1996). Montessori Today. New York: Random House. Order through NAMTA or from your local bookstore. ISBN 0-8052-1061-X, 207 pages, bibliography, index. Describes Montessori theory and contemporary American Montessori schools serving ages ranging from birth to adulthood.

Lillard, Paula P.; Jessen, Lynn L. (2003). Montessori from the Start. New York: Schocken. Order through NAMTA or from your local bookstore. ISBN 0805211128. 304 pages. What parents can do to help their youngest children in the process of self-formation.

Montessori, Maria. (1948). To Educate the Human Potential. Madras, India: Kalakshetra Publications. Order Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company edition through NAMTA. Describes the needs of the elementary-aged child in the process of acquiring culture.

Montessori, Maria. (1949). The Absorbent Mind. Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House. Order Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company edition through NAMTA. U.S. edition can be ordered online through Discusses the development of infants and young children from birth to three years. Gives a clear explanation of the basis of Montessori theory and method.

Montessori, Maria. (1956). The Child in the Family. Chicago: Henry Regnery. Order Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company edition through NAMTA. A series of short essays about the child, the family, and the school, with a philosophical emphasis.

Montessori, Maria. (1973). From Childhood to Adolescence. New York: Schocken. Order Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company edition through NAMTA. Discusses the development and education of the child from age seven through adolescence. Includes Dr. Montessori’s thoughts on university education.

Standing, E. M. (1957). Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work. London: Hollis and Carter. Order through NAMTA. Covers Maria Montessori’s life, how she developed Montessori education, its theoretical basis, and the worldwide growth of the Montessori movement.