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

Melissa Wagner Pavick’s Update

Hello, my name is Melissa Wagner Pavick. When my kids were 2 and 4, I visited my first Montessori classroom in Hartford.  I walked into a primary classroom filled with…

Kevin Hogan’s Update

Hello everyone, my name is Kevin Hogan. I am a graduate of MTCNE’s 2018-2020 Summer Cohort. I’m currently a lead guide at Harold Holliday Montessori in Kansas City, Missouri. Holliday…

MACTE and SEVIS are Applicable to Selected Courses