About Us

Dear Parents,

My name is Lenore De Maria and I am the Director of the Montessori Preschool program in Islip. I started in early childhood education fifteen years ago with my NYS Licensed Group Family Day Care/ Preschool, Loving Hands. After a short time caring for children 6 weeks to 6 years old and two after care school age children, I realized that I had a great responsibility to the children who were put in my care, not only to nurture, love and create a safe environment, but to also be sure that they were being stimulated and taught. To truly educate and prepare these precious little ones for their elementary school years.

I was on a mission to find the best curriculum available for Preschool children. In my research I was blessed to find a wonderful woman, Sandra Loughran, PhD., and head of the Early Childhood Department at Dowling College. I hired Ms. Loughran to be my consultant and to determine what would be the best thing I could implement for the children at Loving Hands to help them to grow and to be both socially and academically sound when they left us for kindergarten. Without hesitation, she recommended the Montessori Method. Through Professor Loughran, I was put in contact with Katherine Finkman. Ms. Finkman has over 25 years experience in teaching Montessori. She is an International Montessori Trainer and presently owns two Montessori Schools.

Since we have implemented the program in our Day Care/Preschool the results have been phenomenal. The children are growing by leaps and bounds in all areas. Our parents are elated with the progress they see in their children. We have fallen in love with the philosophy and due to an overwhelming response I decided to open the Montessori Preschool of Islip.

We are happy to announce that we are celebrating out 13th year. We are creating a wonderful learning experience to foster curiosity and encourage a love for learning, for children. We offer AM & PM sessions in the fall for both Toddler (18 months - 3 years) and Preschool (3 - 6 years). We also have an accelerated curriculum for Pre-K children and have a full day program in Islip for children 6 weeks to 6 years old. We also have a summer program that is great fun. See the summer program page for details.

It is without a doubt, that any parent considering a Montessori Preschool Program for their child is giving that child the most optimal opportunity to succeed in their later years. It is proven, Montessori works. We encourage you to visit your local library to find many books about Marie Montessori and her amazing methods in teaching.

Thank you very much for your consideration in our program and hope to see you in school.

Very truly yours,
Lenore De Maria


Loving Hands Montessori Preschool