The first internationally recognized Montessori Diploma Course in Michigan will begin this June, with Leelanau Montessori Public School Academy in Lake Leelanau co-hosting the renowned program alongside The Children’s House in Traverse City. Offered in conjunction with Washington Montessori Institute, the one-year accreditation course will train future Montessori teachers to help guide and support the development of children 3–6 years old. A Montessori diploma in early childhood is equivalent to a master’s degree and qualifies graduates to work as “Level Two” professionals, or Lead Instructors, in a childcare setting. Leelanau joins Atlanta and Charlotte as the only national locations to host the WMI program, and it could help address the shortage of prepared early childhood educators and professionals in our area.

Parenting Communities is hosting a family Street Fair on Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Leelanau Montessori School Campus in Lake Leelanau. Parenting Communities is proud to offer this free event for Leelanau County families to come together to listen to music, participate in a variety of fun family-friendly activities (e.g., face painting, crafts, etc.), and connect with our Parenting Communities team and other Leelanau families and resources. Antojitos and Forever Yum food trucks will be on-site to provide food and ice cream for purchase.

Join Inland Seas Educational Association, the Leelanau Conservancy, Leo Creek Preserve, Leelanau Conservation District, Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative, Northport Energy and Leelanau Montessori for an afternoon of Earth Day activities on Sunday, April 22, from 1-4 p.m.