Parent Resource Center

What care you do in the Parent Resource Center?

The Parent Resource Center is a place for parents to reflect, to meet, and to borrow parenting books.

The PRC is available as a drop-in center for parents of young children to seek support from other parents.  Parents can browse the resources on the bulletin board and in the lending library.  It is also available to MECC committees for meetings.

Find time at the beginning or end of your day to stop in and enjoy the inviting space that we’ve created.  Coffee and tea are provided!

The PRC Lending Library

The lending library at The Parent Resource Center features a collection of books about Montessori theory and about parenting a child in a Montessori classroom.  There are also books about parenting issues and essay collections about parenthood.  All books are scanned into “LibraryThing,” an online cataloging site in which you may look for and review books that we have in the PRC library.

This year we are starting a book club!  One Friday morning a month, parents will meet for an hour in the PRC to discuss a parenting or Montessori book of their choice.  Please contact Parent Outreach Coordinator, , for more details.

We’re currently seeking donations of parenting books.  Contact with your (tax-deductible) donations.

Parent Workshops

During the school year, The Parent Resource Center conducts several workshops on topics that are of interest to parents of young children.  Some of our workshops deal with Montessori theory and practice.  Others deal with topics that address the day-to-day challenges of parenting.

The Montessori workshops help you understand the theories at work within the classroom.  We always begin with an introductory workshop, “Montessori 101,” which we offer at three different times in the first weeks of school to make sure all parents get a chance to attend.

A deeper understanding of the materials and methods we use, as well as the theory behind those methods, can be helpful as you follow your child through his or her school year.  We ask that all MECC parents attend “Montessori 101.”

Workshops about day-to-day life with small children, such as “Food Preparation with Young Children,” feature a lecture/demonstration by a specialist on the topic, as well as an opportunity for discussion and hands-on work.
We’ve set up these workshops so that they occur at different times of the day.  Some are in the late afternoon on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and some on Friday and Saturday mornings.  We’re hoping that by rotating the workshop schedule, parents can fit the workshops into their lives.  If you are unable to attend a workshop, you can find the resources from that session in the PRC.

There are treats—coffee, tea, and something good to eat—at every workshop!
All workshops take place at Mayflower with a suggested donation of $5.00 per person.  We have access to the dining room and several other meeting spaces within Mayflower Church.  For the 2015-16 workshop schedule, check our .

PARENThesis—The Parent Resource Center Blog

PARENThesis brings you a dose of parenting support, information and insight.  There are links to essential Montessori websites and parenting websites, and there’s a fresh perspective on current and classic parenting topics.  Parent Outreach Coordinator Leah Popova will feature a topic, a book, an idea, or an insight on this blog weekly.  Subscribe to this blog!  Check it out under “For Parents” on our website.

Leah Popova, Parent Outreach Coordinator

Leah Popova has a B.S. degree in English Literature from the University of WI-River Falls, the AMI Primary Montessori Diploma, and an M.Ed from Loyola University.  She has eight years of teaching experience as a Children’s House Lead Teacher at Children’s Workshop Montessori .  Her daughter is enrolled in the Toddler Community at MECC.  This is Leah’s third year as Parent Outreach Coordinator.

You can find Leah in the Parent Resource Center from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM most days.  Leah oversees the lending library, schedules and hosts the parent workshops, and sits in on Parent Involvement Committee meetings.  Most importantly, she will be available to you as a resource when you have questions regarding child development, parenting issues, Montessori education, and Mayflower Early Childhood Center activities.

As Parent Outreach Coordinator, Leah represents MECC in South Minneapolis and beyond.  She attends preschool fairs and contacts families who may qualify for our tuition assistance program.