The De Colores Spanish Immersion Program arose out of my need as a new mother to find an early education setting that was stimulating, nurturing, and safe for my daughter.
While there are many such places in Washington DC, as a Hispanic mother in a Spanish-speaking household, it was difficult to find quality child care in a Spanish immersion setting.
For this reason, I decided to leave my job as an art teacher at a bilingual school here in Washington DC, and begin a program in which a child receives care, nurturing, stimulation, and affection in a Spanish immersion setting.
Since 2007 the De Colores Spanish Immersion Program has grown to include an infant/young toddler, toddler, and pre-K program.
At De Colores the child sets the rhythm. The teachers provide the instruments and the safe environment in which the child can explore and discover, little by little, his/her community and the world.
Play is essential to development as it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being of the child. It is the principle means used at De Colores to allow the child to experience and express his/her feelings, develop personality, and learn to interact with others.
Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.
The word “education” must not be understood in the sense of teaching but of assisting the psychological development of the child.
At De Colores Montessori, our mission is to inspire love of self, love of others, and love of learning across our community of children, staff and families.
At De Colores Montessori we use Spanish immersion, the Montessori method, and Anti-bias Anti-racist goals to center children’s autonomy and joy. Our books, lessons and materials purposefully uplift human diversity and create opportunities for continued learning and relearning.