28 Oct Ellicott City
Children’s Manor Montessori School – Ellicott City is our founding school, conveniently located off Montgomery Road/Route 103, just minutes from Routes 100, 40, and 29. This spacious facility (19,000 sq. ft.) sits on three acres of land. Our beautiful tree-lined campus features 16 classrooms, an adjacent auditorium with a multipurpose room, private garden, entry security system, plentiful library, computer lab, and a large playground. Over the course of over 25 years, CMMS – Ellicott City has educated 1000’s of students and remains the standard for Montessori preschools in Howard County and surrounding areas.
All classrooms include quality Montessori materials and an engaging, hands-on learning environment set up to foster each student’s development to their full potential. In addition to daily classroom instruction, students receive enrichment in STEM, Spanish, Music, Yoga, Art, Computer Science, and Library. We focus on the development of the whole child and offer programs that balance social/emotional, cognitive, physical and academic development.
Ms. Shahana Srivastava
Shahana Srivastava has been at CMMS – Ellicott City since 2010, beginning as an intern, transitioning to teacher/ Assistant Director in 2012 and then becoming Director in 2014. Originally from India, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, Certificate in Business Management and Marketing, and Certification in Early Childhood Development from the Barrie School. Her view of education and the value of a child’s thoughts and words changed when she started learning about Montessori. Shahana believes “It’s exactly what I was looking for at the right time in life. I see how Montessori education encourages a child’s curiosity, independence, and enthusiasm while they learn so much (social skills, daily living skills, math, language and other traditional courses).”
Ms. Keira Rakestraw
Keira Rakestraw joined CMMS- Ellicott City in April 2019 after working for a local Montessori school for more than 20 years. After graduating from University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in Elementary Education, she started her career as a classroom assistant and transitioned to Director. Originally from Silver Spring, Maryland, she has 3 children, all of whom went to Montessori schools through Kindergarten. Keira feels that a Montessori education gives children a deep love for learning and a strong foundation on which to grow.
*Early Admissions to Kindergarten policy varies by location
After School Programs
Fall, Spring, Summer
Music: Piano & Guitar
“Excellent School! 'Thank you' won't be enough to express our thoughts! Our daughter enjoyed her stay with CMMS for last 2 years! Excellent teachers, very supportive and kind administrative staff!”
“Best school, all teachers are so good with kids,I love the school.”
“The curriculum is great. There is a variety of specialty programs for the children.”
“The teachers are loving and caring. They speak to me in depth regarding my child’s activities and progress, as much as time allows during the pick up and drop off. I am overall very pleased with them.”