Mission Statement

To provide education honoring the pedagogical principles of Dr. Maria Montessori by offering AMI Montessori teacher education, professional development, parent education, and community outreach for the benefit of children throughout the world.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

CREC is an intentionally diverse social justice organization whose members work to acknowledge, respect, and empathize with people of all different identifiers, such as race, socioeconomic status, gender identity and expression, education, age, ability, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, language, nationality, and religion. We commit to affirm and honor the lived experiences of others, to willingly challenge inherited beliefs and ideologies, and consequently learn, grow, and serve.

The Montessori Training Center Northeast (MTCNE) is managed and operated by the Capital Region Education Council (CREC) in Hartford, CT.  Founded in 2003, MTCNE serves as the only Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) teacher training center in the Northeast United States. In addition to teacher training we serve as a central location offering support to our diverse Alumni community and Montessori schools both nationally and internationally.

Our Trainings

Assistants to Infancy

The assistants to infancy course provides an in-depth study of education for children from birth to 3 years of age.


The Primary course covers the application of the Montessori Method of education for children from 3 to 6 years of age.


The Elementary course covers the application of the Montessori Method of education for children from 6 to 12 years of age.

Montessori Orientations

Participants completing a Montessori Orientation, formerly known as the Assistants Course, will be awarded a Course Certificate at the appropriate level.

Our Scholarships

MTCNE is now managing two distinct scholarship funds to benefit future students seeking AMI training as a diploma only or as part of a degree pathway at the University of Hartford.  Learn more about the application process.
MTCNE Scholarship Fund
Pay-it-Back-Pay-it-Forward Fund

Upcoming Events

Recent News

November Professional Development @ MTCNE

MTCNE is committed to serving as a dependable hub of activity for the Montessori community. Two events worth registering for: AMI Regional Refresher Course November 12-13, 2021 at Butterworth Hall…

150th birthday congress

The International Congress — 23 & 24 October — to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Maria Montessori has moved completely online! It was a tough decision to…

Quality Public Montessori Schools

Quality Public Montessori Schools The Montessori Training Center Northeast (MTCNE) was established in 2003 to serve both private and public schools in Northeastern USA.  With its humble beginnings on the…