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Montessori Home Engagement Course

Discover what Montessori Home Engagement is

Mary Lou Cobb and Maureen Scudder co-teach an eight-hour, online Montessori Home Engagement course designed for anyone interested in providing personalized care for a client or loved one aging at home.


The nationally recognized, online course created by the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) in partnership with the National Intergenerational Montessori Center at Crossway Community is designed for healthcare professionals and caretakers seeking certification or anyone interested in learning how to apply the Montessori philosophy to caregiving.

NCCAP is accepted by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and is recognized for meeting the highest qualification to deliver the Social Model of Care. This national organization has trained over 150,000 caretakers in the delivery of engaging activities to improve physical and emotional health as well as cognitive abilities.

The National Intergenerational Montessori Center is housed at Crossway Community, a Montessori school, apartment cooperative, research facility, and workshop studio near Washington D.C. The NIMC brings elders, children, and care providers together in a supportive, innovative, learning environment. In collaboration with NCCAP, the NIMC is leading the charge in social care in home settings.


Students in the Montessori Home Engagement course will learn how to prepare themselves for the critical work of caring for clients, how to prepare the home environment for their clients, and how to prepare purposeful, enriching activities to help their clients continue to grow and engage with the world. The instructors will show students how to view their important, life-affirming work through a Montessori lens, which will improve their relationships, increase their knowledge, sharpen their skills, and double their success.

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The online course will be held on Thursdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25 April 1, 8, 15, 22 from 7:00pm-8:00 pm. The price is $169 and includes the first year of certification with $30 annual renewal fee.

Maureen Scudder and Mary Lou Cobb partner to deliver NCCAP's Montessori Home Engagement course prepared in partnership with the National Intergenerational Montessori Center at Crossway Community. Students may register for the course HERE.
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Preparing the Environment

The needs of the elderly and individuals with dementia require that we prepare an environment that fosters purposeful work, movement, independence, hands-on learning, choice, order, routine, and repetition. 


Our goal when implementing a Montessori & the Aging program is to first develop a deep understanding of each individual and create an individualized plan for each person. We seek to support our clients physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively, and “help them to help themselves” so they can sustain independence for as long as possible and live fully with hope and joy.   

Mary Lou and Maureen offer seminars on Montessori & the Aging. Click HERE to schedule your family's or organization's seminar on how to apply Montessori principles to eldercare.

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