Crossway Montessori Communities, based in Kensington, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC, applies the Montessori philosophy across all its initiatives to nurture children, foster strong families, and promote social change.
Much like a global village, Crossway has created a diverse, international community where children, young professionals, growing families, seniors, visiting scholars and interns from all over the world benefit and thrive living and learning at Crossway.
The organization integrates a Montessori Forest School, intergenerational housing, a Maria Montessori Guest House, a community center with a Wi-Fi Café, indoor and outdoor meeting space, and a conference center located in a park setting with three beautiful gardens. The work-live-play-learn destination offers an innovative, intergenerational experience with nature at its center.
Since its founding in 1990, the Montessori philosophy has always been and will continue to be the driver at Crossway to promote self-efficacy, innovation and community among people from all social and economic circumstances, cultures and age. Even during the pandemic, when Crossway transformed its Montessori school into a Montessori Forest School, Maria Montessori’s philosophy continued to guide the curriculum nurturing children’s curiosity and development.
Crossway CEO, Kathleen Guinan, is proud to partner and share information and learning from Crossway with the Montessori community around the world. She founded Zaccheaus Kitchen and Rachel’s Women’s Center, and she and her husband, Ed Guinan, were well-known community organizers and social justice activists before she helped to create Crossway Communities. Transformation and social change, according to Kathleen, starts with understanding the family as an emotional system. It also means an acknowledgement of the learning that takes place across the generations. This is why it’s Crossway’s mission to promote community, creativity and learning for all families.