Children's Magnet Montessori school in Forest Hill.

Forest Hill

Our Forest Hill location offers Montessori daycare, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary programs.

Children’s Manor Montessori School – Forest Hill campus is conveniently located on Klein Plaza Drive off Rock Spring Rd (Route 24), minutes from Route 23 and Route 1. Forest Hill offers open-concept classrooms, a certified teaching staff, a library, a large playground for Infant and Toddlers, Preschool, Kindergarten & Elementary students, and morning and afternoon snacks!

CMMS – Forest Hill is more than just a daycare & preschool.  Unlike traditional daycares, all our 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.  Our Montessori School in Forest Hill focuses on the development of the whole child.  Therefore, we offer Montessori Infant care, preschool, Kindergarten, and First Grade Elementary programs that balance the social/emotional, cognitive, physical, and academic development of children. See Our Programs.

Ms. Amy Barben


Amy Barben has been a part of CMMS Forest Hill since 2019, bringing with her 28 years of educational experience. She holds 90-hour and 45-hour certifications along with her Preschool Director’s certification. With a degree in Elementary Education, Amy is deeply passionate about understanding how a child’s mind works. Her interest in early education stems from her love of encouraging curiosity, fostering language development, and engaging young minds. The strategic set-up of the Montessori classroom drew Amy to the field as she recognized how the hands-on classroom environment fosters independence and problem-solving which gives children the opportunity to develop these skills in a safe, nurturing setting.

Ms. Gaye Novak


Serving as our Instructional Team Leader and Program Manager, Gaye has been a Montessorian as both a teacher and administrator since 1993. She holds an undergraduate degree from Towson University and a graduate certificate from The Maryland Center for Montessori Studies in association with Goucher College. Gaye is most proud of CMMS’s dedication to making the best Montessori environment possible!

Programs Available

Enrichment Programs





World Music

After School Daycare Programs

Groove Kidz Dance Program

School Year – Ages 2+ – 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.