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Bernie's Montessori School & Day Care Center

Day Care Center Serving Minneapolis and Richfield Since 1988
Open today until 5:30 PM
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2 years ago
My daughter went to Bernie's for two years and my son went for three. My son came home today chanting "I love Bernie's!" over and over again, so I think it's about time I write a review. Miss Judy and the rest of the teachers are a well balanced combination of supportive and demanding. They set high expectations for the kids, but help the kids meet those expectations with love and support. Academically, both of my kids thrived at Bernie's. My son is going to be entering kindergarten this fall and is already devouring chapter books by himself. Bernie's deserves credit for teaching him to read and teaching him to love reading. We love Bernie's!
- Drew J
3 years ago
My daughter has been at Bernie's since 2016 and we love it there. She is thriving in Bernie's environment and has developed into a confident, kind and Kindergarten-ready kiddo! The teachers are warm and inviting and the school is structured, but allows for a lot of individualism at the same time. The outdoor space is really wonderful - they have a large area with plenty of play equipment enclosed with a cozy fence and trees. It looks like a park, not the middle of the city! I would highly recommend Bernie's. The school is a hidden gem!
- Nicole D
a year ago
We had our two children at Bernie’s in Richfield since they were each 3 months old. I really can’t overstate how much I loved this school, the owner, and the women who work here. I was always confident leaving our children in their care (especially when I was a brand new mom), and even moreso as they aged through the different rooms and the teachers’ connection to our family grew stronger. The other families at the school are wonderful and welcoming. And because no review would be complete without a mention of cost, Bernie’s is very reasonably priced compared with other childcare options in south Minneapolis/Richfield. I strongly recommend Bernie’s to anyone looking for warm, caring, and affordable childcare.
- Therese P

Leader in Education Since 1988

At Bernie's Montessori School, we understand how positive experiences in the first 5 years of life can prepare a child with the confidence to reach for the stars.  Since 1988, we have been giving children a head start for a successful academic journey.  Visit us and discover why so many of our students return to Bernie’s Montessori years later with their own children or as members of our staff.

COVID-19 Safety
We have stringent protocols in place to create a safe learning environment for our students and staff.

Natural Playground 
We proudly feature a large playground quietly away from traffic and shaded with trees and overlooking Legion Lake and Veterans Park for your child to play, explore, make friends, and have fun! It is beautifully landscaped with all natural materials (grass, sand, pea gravel, trees, and plants) for child sensory development.  For safety, our playgrounds contain no recycled tire materials or artificial turf covered concrete surfaces .

Preschool Program (33 months - 5 years)
We help children develop a lifelong love of learning by providing a rich environment with prepared educational materials and caring teachers. Within our Montessori classroom, children are allowed as much freedom as possible to progress at their own pace under guidance of a teacher who is specially trained to unfold each child's potential.  Most importantly, we make learning fun!

Our learning environment extends beyond the classroom to the outdoors.  Children are introduced to nature with hands on activities and encouraged to explore and make discoveries for themselves.  Memories created at Bernie's will last a lifetime.

Toddler Program (16 - 33 months)
The toddler program is open to children 16 to 33 months. The activities in the toddler room are designed to lengthen the child's attention span, to increase the vocabulary, and to develop a sense of independence and responsibility. These activities also develop large and small muscle skills. Music, story time, arts and crafts, individual and group games are included in these activities.

Infant Program (6 weeks - 16 months)
Our infant program provides your child with a very loving, nurturing, and caring environment, which will foster a love of learning and independence. There are varieties of activities for your child to experience throughout the day with age appropriate equipment to meet their development needs. The teachers are well trained and will provide activities during the day that stimulate their minds and help children develop control over their bodies.

We look forward to meeting you and your child. Contact us for a tour today!

"Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment." - Dr. Maria Montessori

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  • (612) 361-5532


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1100 East 66th Street
Richfield, MN 55423

Business Hours

Mon:7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Tue:7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Wed:7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Thu:7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Fri:7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
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