Rockford Public Schools (RPS) is extremely excited to welcome Rockford Montessori to Rockford Childcare Services this fall. Rockford Montessori, formerly known as White Pine Montessori, will join the team of preschool programs available through Rockford Childcare Services this year. Jane Downs, owner and teacher of the former White Pine Montessori, will continue to serve as the lead teacher for Rockford Montessori. Downs has 25 years of experience, and RPS looks forward to her continuing dedication to teaching young children. The Montessori program introduces children to a variety of areas of learning, including practical living skills, sensory education, language, math, science and cultural activities, art, music and movement. Hands-on activities are designed to help young children develop a sense of order, concentration, coordination and independence in a joyful, child-centered community. The program is designed for 3- to 6-year-olds and will resume classes in September. There are still openings in both the morning (8:30-11:30) and afternoon (12:00-3:00) sessions. If you are interested in learning more about the Montessori program, the classroom will be open to visitors on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 1-2, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Rockford Public Schools Community Services building, 350 N. Main St. Please call the Childcare Services office at (616) 863-6560 for more information. Other preschool options available through Rockford Childcare Services include Rockford Community Education Preschool, Child Development Lab Preschool, and Hola Amigos Spanish Immersion Preschool.