We are now enrolling for summer and fall 2021. Call at 978-361-0793 or email at [email protected] for more info.

Welcome to Marigold Montessori!

We are a Wildflower School in Haverhill, MA.

Marigold Montessori seeks to strengthen the community by providing Montessori education for children and families that are reflective of Haverhill’s rich diversity. We are a community of learners that includes students ages 2.9 to 6 years old. We are part of the Wildflower Network of micro schools that promotes exploration, independence and healthy development for children.

We chose Marigold as our flower name because of its important role in “companion planting.” We feel this aligns with our mission because marigolds are planted together with other very different plants (say, tomatoes) as a natural way to make these plants grow more successfully. This parallels our philosophy of bringing together diverse children/families so that everyone benefits and becomes stronger – it’s an organic, real-world approach.

Please contact us to receive more information about our school.

Location & Hours


Marigold Montessori
at Trinity Church (entrance on William Street)
26 White Street
Haverhill, MA 01830

Contact Us


Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 3:30pm.

Before & After Care

Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 9:00am
Monday – Friday, 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Lunch & Snacks

Marigold Montessori provides two healthy snacks per day.

Parents or caregivers should send in a healthy lunch with their children.

During the summer, we generally offer a free lunch program.

Sample Daily Routine

7:30-9:00 am           Arrival
8:00-11:00 am          Work Cycle (w/ snack)
11:00-11:30 am          Circle/Prep to go out
11:30 am-12:15 pm   Outside time/Lunch prep
12:15-1:00 pm            Lunch
1:00-2:30 pm             Nap time/Afternoon Work
2:30-3:00 pm            Circle/Prep to go out
3:00-4:00 pm           Outside time
3:20-3:30 pm            Pick up for regular day
3:30-5:30 pm           After care (w/ snack option)

Our Calendar

We are a year-round school. We close for one week in December, one week in April, and one week in August.

Marigold Montessori 2020-21 Calendar

Our Teacher Leaders

Maria Labanca
Teacher Leader

María Labanca’s bio coming soon.

Linda Malbon
Teacher Leader

Observation of children, and supporting their growth through the environment is just one aspect of our work at Marigold Montessori. Linda is passionate about supporting children and their families through this process. Nature education and sharing seasonal wonders of the natural world with children through hands-on exploration is another passion Linda enjoys. Observing the life cycle of Swallowtail butterflies and darkling beetles are beautiful experiences for children. Gardening throughout the Summer involves composting, planting, cultivating and harvesting. Winter lessons include temperature changes and weather observations.

Linda has 26 years of experience in Early Education. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Westfield State College. She holds an American Montessori Society Early Childhood Teaching Credential and is certified as an Infant/Toddler and Pre-school Lead Teacher and a Director with the Department of Early Education and Care. She has experience in curriculum development, administration and staff development. Her goal is to develop the best Montessori learning environment for children at Marigold Montessori School.

Janet Begin
Teacher Leader

Janet Begin is passionate about providing Montessori education in the public sector, and launched Marigold Montessori as a way to support Haverhill’s revitalization by providing access to this unique educational approach for all young children in the city. Janet started her work in public sector Montessori education in 2001 when she began work to form the founding group for Haverhill’s first charter school, Hill View Montessori Charter Public School. She continued to serve as the founding Chair of the Board of Trustees and later as the school’s Executive Director for four years. Energized by the impact a strong Montessori education can have on children, Janet completed Montessori training and returned to the classroom as an early childhood Montessori teacher.

Janet worked for 12 years in the hi-tech industry before entering the field of education in 1998. Janet holds an American Montessori Society Early Childhood Teaching Credential and is certified in Massachusetts as both a teacher and principal. She has published work including two papers on charter-district collaboration and a 2012 NAMTA journal article entitled “Montessori Early Childhood Education in the Public Sector: Opportunities and Challenges.”

Enroll Now

Attend an Information Session

The application process usually begins by attending an Information Session (this link will provide info on upcoming May 1, 2021 session) where you will learn more about Marigold Montessori and the Wildflower Network.

Complete an Application

Please complete our online application.

Meet our Teacher Leaders

After completing an application, you will have an opportunity to sit down one-on-one with our Teacher Leaders to learn more about our school. We look forward to getting to know your family!

Non-discrimination Policy

Marigold Montessori School is a nonprofit organization and does not discriminate by race, color, national or ethnic origin, creed, religion, sex, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or status with regard to public assistance. Furthermore, Marigold Montessori School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

News & Events

Upcoming Info Sessions:

Here’s information about our upcoming Information Session on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 10:30 am (arrive at 10 am to settle your child in outdoor childcare).  Please register here for the May 1st session.  Please email [email protected] if you are interested in learning more about our school or to schedule an individual zoom call or in-person meeting with our teacher-leaders.

Leading the Way: Janet Begin promotes access and quality in Haverhill

The “Strategies for Children” blog featured Janet Begin and Marigold Montessori in a series about the next generation of leaders in early childhood education. Read the post here.

Marigold Montessori is a proud recipient of a grant from the Department of Early Education and Care that supports Brain Building in Progress. Learn more about this initiative here.

Marigold is honored to have the support of the Essex County Community Foundation!

Support Us


Now is the time to support public-sector Montessori early childhood education in Haverhill so children in all neighborhoods can be part of our community revitalization. We accept donations via mail or in person at 26 White Street, Haverhill, MA 01830. Please make checks out to Marigold Montessori School.

Thank you for your support! It takes a village!

Wish Lists

We are often asked by friends, family, supporters and community members what they can do to help our school thrive. We put together these wish lists of items that will enhance our students’ learning experiences. Please take a look at the lists below and help out in any way you can.

Wildflower Schools

Marigold Montessori is a member of the Wildflower Schools Network

Wildflower is an ecosystem of decentralized Montessori micro-schools that support children, teachers, and parents. Our schools aspire to give all children and families the opportunity to choose high quality, beautiful learning environments as they follow life’s unfolding journey.

About Wildflower Schools

Wildflower is an ecosystem of decentralized Montessori micro-schools that support children, teachers, and parents. Our schools aspire to give all children and families the opportunity to choose high quality, beautiful learning environments as they follow life’s unfolding journey.

Our aim is to be an experiment in a new learning environment, blurring the boundaries between home and school, between scientists and teachers, between schools and the neighborhoods around them.Our schools are small and teacher-led, with deep parent engagement. At the core of Wildflower are 9 principles that define the approach.

Our network is supported by a foundation that works to build capacity, systems, tools and research to grow and strengthen the network.

Learn more about our story.

Our Principles

Blurring the boundaries between home-schooling and institutional schooling, between scientists and teachers, between schools and the neighborhoods around them. At the core of Wildflower are 9 principles that define the approach.

Read about them here.

Our Network

After the first Wildflower school was created in January of 2014, there was intense interest in the school and the approach. This interest led us to open-source the model and help other family groups and teacher-leaders to create new Wildflower schools. Each teacher-leader at each Wildflower school serves on the board of at least one other Wildflower school, creating a community of schools that are linked by both a shared philosophy and a network of shared relationships.

View our network.