Montpelier Children's House was founded in 1984 by Larry Parker, with the goal of providing high-quality, accessible early education to the children of Central Vermont. After serving the children and families of his community for nearly thirty years, in 2004 Larry turned over operations to his daughter, Samara Mays, who continues at act as Director and Head Teacher of this family-run program.
In 2017 Montpelier Children’s House was awarded Five STARS through Vermont’s STep Ahead Recognition System and is Pre-Qualified Pre-K Program through Vermont Act 166.
As a community school, you may often see us out and about in Montpelier. Our central location allows our classroom to expand to many areas of town including the park, shops, the library and the many fascinating places in between.
We invite you to contact us to schedule a visit to learn more about our program.
Samara Mays, Director
“Early childhood is such an important time for developing one’s relationship with the world. Forging close personal connections, sparking curiosity and learning to problem solve with our youngest students is one of the best ways I can think of to create caring citizens.”
Samara Mays joined Montpelier Children’s House in 2010 and assumed the role of Director in 2012. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont and an M.A. in Rural Sociology from the University of Arkansas. She has completed coursework through The Community College of Vermont and Union Institute towards the Program Director Credential and holds a Vermont Teaching License in Early Childhood Education. She lives in Montpelier with her husband, Ryan and their two boys, Ben and Jamie who are both MCH alumni.
Our Teaching Staff
The teaching staff at Montpelier Children’s House are committed to providing a play-based, child-lead, and inquiry-driven experience for our preschoolers. We do this through a careful arrangement of materials and a combination of child-directed and teacher-lead experiences. Our five teachers share a combined 50 years experience in the field of early childhood education and engage in ongoing professional development to further support children and families.