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Bernie's Montessori School & Daycare

Serving Minneapolis and Richfield Since 1988
Opening at 7:30 AM tomorrow
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3 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
8 years ago
My son is attending Bernie's Montessori and he loves it. This really is a hidden gem in the downtown area due to the excellent staff and really cool activities. Judy runs a wonderful daycare and her years of experience really show in the happiness and calmness of the children. Christine is also an excellent teacher who provides clear and consistent instruction. The children are comfortable, happy, and encouraged to have an adventurous and interest in the world around them. I feel Bernie's Montessori is a step above a usual daycare - for example, they have special field trips throughout the year that expose the children to all kinds of great places in the Minneapolis area - the Bell Museum, Old Log Theatre, public library, just to name a few. There is a kindness and understanding from Bernie's staff that only comes from real professionals. I would recommend Bernie's to anyone.
- Ann K

Leader in Early Education Since 1988

Since its founding in 1988 by Bernadette Mallawaaratchy, Bernie's Montessori has been giving children a head start to a successful academic journey.  We understand how positive experiences in the first 5 years of life can prepare a child with the confidence to reach for the stars.  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.


Preschool Program (33 months - 5 years)
We help children develop a lifelong love for 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.


What Makes Bernie’s Montessori Special

Learning Beyond Classrooms
Your child will have regular nature walks along the lakeshore and woods where they will experience their natural world as it changes through the seasons.  We also organize regular field trips to exciting places.

The school features 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 natural materials (grass, sand, pea gravel, trees, plants) for child sensory development.  For health and safety reasons, our playgrounds are free of artificial turf on concrete or shredded tire waste.

Teachers with a Shared Vision
When we recall fond memories from school, most often we think of our favorite teachers. A beautifully constructed school means nothing without caring and stable staff.  At Bernie’s Montessori, we carefully select teachers that share our unique vision and values.  We are proud to have some of the lowest turnover in the industry.

Screen-Free Learning Environment
Our classrooms are free of screens, big or small.  We utilize carefully designed classroom materials and hands-on activities help young children develop their creativity, attention, concentration, organization, and sense of order.

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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