About Childpeace Montessori School

Childpeace Montessori offers a unique urban Montessori experience at our main campus in NW Portland, our middle school building and our program in a SE Portland satellite classroom.

Our 300+ students, toddlers through adolescence, enjoy rich Montessori educational environments and access to an abundance of learning opportunities in our community.


Front of Main School Building


Our Values

  • Responsibility
  • Educational Excellence
  • Love of Learning
  • Sustainability
  • Equity


Our Mission

To guide the development of the whole child, socially and academically, through the principles of AMI Montessori education in an urban setting.


Our Purpose

Childpeace provides a Montessori-based education for toddlers through adolescence.

Our Vision

Childpeace shapes the future of our world through the cultivation of inquisitive minds and socially responsible young citizens.

About Maria Montessori

The Montessori Method was established decades before early childhood education was a course of study in our universities. Dr. Maria Montessori was an early 20th- century educator and physician from Italy.

Her first Casa de Bambini, (Children's House), was established in Rome where her revolutionary discoveries about the young child's interests and abilities elicited response from educators around the world.

Her observation that "meaningful work" was essential to a child's normal development was the cornerstone of her work.


The first American program was established in Washington, D.C., in collaboration with Mabel Gardiner Hubbard Bell (wife of Alexander Graham Bell), in 1916. Montessori’s curriculum of material covers the child’s development from birth through adolescence.

During the 1940s, her son Mario Montessori helped create the elementary-level materials and guidelines for instruction. Birth to 3 year old programs and adolescent communities have been established following the pedagogical principles originally created by Maria Montessori. The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) was established by Dr. Montessori in 1929 and is the continuous governing organization for Montessori education throughout the world.

Timeline of Maria Montessori's Life and Career, created through TimelineJS (a creative tool made available through Northwestern University's Knight Lab Project).



Our Timeline

Our History

Child Peace Montessori School & Daycare Center was established as a non-profit on November 10, 1976 by some of Portland’s early Montessori advocates. They felt that a downtown Montessori school would make it easier for Portland’s working parents. The school was originally housed in the YWCA in downtown Portland and remained there for 12 years.

Childpeace is a non-profit corporation, a certified day care center, a member of the Oregon Independent Schools and an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) recognized school.

Childpeace has achieved Sustainability at Work’s gold certification and is recognized for its leadership helping make Portland one of the cleanest, most sustainable cities in the country. Childpeace completed numerous actions to benefit our local economy, our community and our environment, which were verified during an onsite visit with a Sustainability at Work Advisor.

Childpeace has placed in the Best 100 Green Workplaces and the 100 Best Non-Profits to work for by Oregon Business for the past few years.



Child Peace Montessori School & Daycare Center was established.


The school grew from two classrooms to three.


The Toddler Community was added.

Previous School Building at NW Park Avenue


The school completed a move to 105 NW Park Avenue on the historic tree lined North Park Blocks where it held a lease on a two-story, 20,000 square foot building.



Portland began a renovation of the North Park Blocks which included moving the playground to the block directly across from the school.


A fifth Children's House classroom was opened in a senior living center now called “The Terrace” at Laurelhurst Village in Southeast Portland.


The school began a Lower Elementary class (6 to 9 years)


An Upper Elementary class (9 to 12 years) was added.


The school moved to its current location in NW Portland’s Pearl/River District, and began a second and third Lower Elementary class.


The school purchased the current building and grounds, and opened a second Upper Elementary classroom.



The middle school was opened.


The wonderful new Green Space was added to provide students with a large grass play area. The new Green Space includes a greenhouse and several raised garden beds for Metro students to grow plants and vegetables.


The Campus Grows! Childpeace is excited to announce that our middle school will have a new home. The building is on NW Savier and 15th, just across the street from the southeast corner of the main building. The dream for the middle school students to have a facility of their own has been realized!


Our middle school is now fully Accredited for Grades 7-8 by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


Now offering virtual and on-campus tours. Connect with us to learn more about Montessori!

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