Verification is a process administered by Pacific Northwest Montessori Association (PNMA) that enables state regulators to recognize it as a Montessori program. At this time it only applies to Early Childhood programs. A Verified Montessori school exhibits the following criteria:
•A credentialed teacher (MACTE, AMS, or AMI affiliated training) in each classroom for the age group served
•A mixed age class based on developmentally appropriate groupings
•An uninterrupted extended work period
•Adequate Montessori materials in each classroom
•Educational philosophy and method consistent with accepted Montessori practice
•Some level of Montessori training or experience for at least one member of the administrative team.
At this time, Montessori Verification only applies to Early Childhood programs. The 2015‐2016 school year is the pilot year for Verification. We will be reviewing both the process and the use of Verification with respect to Department of Early Learning (DEL) and other state rules and regulations for applications in the future.
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•Pay a $100 administration fee. You will be sent the Verification Handbook and Self‐Study form.
•Receive and submit the PNMA Montessori Verification Self‐Study.
•Schedule a Verifier visit (we anticipate a 60‐90 minute visit).*
•Assigns a qualified Verifier to visit the school site
•Receives the Verifier Report and process it for PNMA Council for approval at monthly meetings.
•Sends a Verified Program Certificate to the approved schools and to DEL.
* AMS Accredited and AMI/USA recognized schools are waived from the requirement for a Verifier visit due to the extensive work on meeting standards that exceed those of Verification.
At this time, Verified Montessori schools will be able to apply for an exception to the current DEL maximum group size of 20 children in early childhood classrooms. DEL has agreed to allow Verified Montessori schools to apply to have class sizes up to 26 children, so long as the required ratios (1 adult per 10 children) and classroom space requirements (35 square feet of usable space per child) are maintained.
Once a school has received Verification status from PNMA, they may submit a Childcare Licensing Exception Request Form to DEL to request an exception from WAC 170-295-2090 which currently stipulates a maximum group size of 20 in early childhood classrooms. DEL will then notify the school directly to approve or deny their request.
To become a PNMA Verifier, you need to:
•Be a current member of PNMA
•Provide a copy (pdf is fine) of your AMS, AMI, or MACTE accredited training program credential in Early Childhood
•Attend a 1-hour training with PNMA Verification Trainer
We will be conducting regular Verifier Trainings throughout the year. We will post the dates of upcoming trainings. If you are interested in being on the email list for notification of future Verifier Trainings, please contact the Committee Chair.
Committee Members: Jennifer Mason, Chair; Chelle Downey-Magee, Mary Moore, Gracie Martinez, Elizabeth Truman, and Mary O’Brien