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Public Policy

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The American Montessori Society is a vigorous advocate for the Montessori community, working to influence legislation and other public policy issues related to education and the well-being of children and families.

AMS advocacy activities include—

  • providing legislators and policymakers with information about vital issues, including charter schools, universal pre-kindergarten, and standardized testing, among others;
  • maintaining open lines of communication with policymakers at the national, state, and local levels, ensuring that Montessori’s interests are represented;
  • allying with organizations with similar advocacy interests, including the Council for American Private Education (CAPE), the Children’s Defense Fund, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and Pre-K Now.

Public Policy Committee

The AMS Public Policy Committee works to impact public policy on issues of central importance to the Montessori community in the United States. The group is actively seeking new members and would like representation from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. To learn more, please contact the committee chair.

Public Policy Collaboration

AMS and the Association Montessori Internationale/USA are working to unify the voice of Montessori policy and advocacy. Initiatives include the organizing of state coalitions for addressing policy issues that might impact Montessori schools. With the help of a public policy manager engaged by AMS and AMI/USA, pilot coalitions in are now underway in Connecticut, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, and Texas—with more to come. Contact Sharon Damore for more information.

Of Additional Interest

The organizations below are devoted to children, families, and education. 

Association for Curriculum and Development

The Association for Curriculum and Development has long been an active voice in the debate about educational issues that affect learning and teaching. Check out the ASCD Action Center to learn about the group’s advocacy efforts and how you can get involved. Sign up for e-mail alerts to have your say on critical issues at the Federal level, and download the ASDC Advocacy Guide for simple and effective advocacy techniques.

Children's Defense Fund

The Children’s Defense Fund is a prominent advocacy organization that works on behalf of America’s children, particularly those disadvantaged by poverty, illness, violence, and neglect. Sign up for e-mail news and alerts to learn about CDF’s activities and how you can take action to improve the lives of children. 

And More

Annie E. Casey Foundation 
Council for American Private Education (CAPE)
Council for Exceptional Children 
Educators for Social Responsibility
Head Start 
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center
Stand for Children
United Nations 

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AMS & the United Nations

AMS is proud to be recognized by the United Nations as an associated non-governmental organization (NGO).

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