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Learn the Best Practices in Early Childhood Education

Training and Education

Little Learners Lodge has been internationally recognized as a demonstration facility for best practices in early childhood education. The program is intentionally structured to link parents as partners and support the professional development of frontline caregivers. Towards that endeavor, Little Learners Lodge offers a variety of adult education services for both parents and educators.


Little Learners Lodge offers a unique opportunity to train at the basic level in the Pikler Approach. Facilitated by school founder, Beverly Kovach, this 10-day course is designed for those that want to study important pedagogical principles, learn about everyday experiences with children, and hear about researched best practices carried out by the Pikler Institute. During the course we will discuss the importance of self-initiated movement and development of play, the importance of careful and attentive physical care, and the characteristics of respectful communications and promotion of social development.


Little Learners Lodge serves as a host site for school founder, Beverly Kovach, a RIE Mentor Teacher Trainer. The 60-hour RIE Foundations professional development course is designed to enhance the skills and competencies of parents, and professionals who work in the field of infant care, teach in a college environment, work with parents, or train students in infant care and development.

Baby & Me Parenting Classes

Meet up with parents and their little ones weekly in a safe and clean environment carefully prepared to support the growth and development of your infant. Facilitated by Master Mentor Teachers, families will be able to resource current research and best practices as they gain an understanding of the RIE® and Pikler® progressive models of early education. Children are grouped developmentally and offered for infants through toddlerhood. Families participating in weekly instruction receive priority in enrolling at Little Learners Lodge or Montessori of Mount Pleasant.

Workshops and Consultation

Little Learners Lodge and Montessori of Mount Pleasant offer a host of individual workshops relating to best practices in working with young children ages infants though Kindergarten. Workshops are DSS approved for continued childcare licensing hours. Participants are invited to participate in workshops hosted at our facility or arrange for instruction at your site. Consultation can be privately contracted. Our areas of expertise include Redirecting Children's Behavior, Child Growth and Development, Administrative Best Practices and more.

“Those who exert the first influence upon the mind have the greatest power.” –Horace Mann

Many recognize the critical importance of establishing long-term healthy relationships from the beginning upon which a child will grow, develop and learn. During this first stage of development the children in our care will absorb all the adult models – including her innermost thoughts and attitudes.

At the same time parents are bombarded by conflicting information during this most rapid period of growth in their young child’s life. They deserve the support of a highly qualified team of early childhood professionals with the ability to implement theory into practice.