The Children’s House

The Children’s House is a church-based Montessori environment for children ages 3-6 years.  First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs established this school in 1981 to provide a quality preschool education, in a Christian environment, for the young children of this church and community.



For your convenience, we have made the Children’s House parent handbook available for download.  Click here to download your copy.




Click here to download the October newsletter.



The role of the teacher in a Montessori environment is to inspire the human potential, leading children to ask questions, think for themselves, explore, investigate and discover.  The teacher’s ultimate objective is to help the child learn independently while retaining their natural curiosity, creativity and intelligence.  Montessori teachers do not only present lessons, they are also facilitators, mentors and guides.  Each of the five teachers at the Children’s House is either a certified Montessori Primary educator, has extensive training or is in the process of training/certification.  Each teacher has a genuine love and respect of children and the way God created each one individually.

Top Row (L to R):  Mary Ann Bounds (Director, Teacher, AMS), Emily Fitzpatrick (Montessori Intern), Kathy Williams (Teacher)

Bottom Row (L to R): Rebecca Castleman (Teacher), EmilyBeth Dickinson (Lead Teacher, AMS), Aurora Ellis (Teacher, AMS)



Being the only Montessori preschool on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, we have a very long waiting list. Because of this, it is recommended that you get your child on the list as early as possible.  Many people put their child on the waiting list when they are pregnant.


No child will be enrolled without being on the waiting list.  Even church members and siblings must be put on the waiting list.  If you are interested in a Montessori education for your preschooler, we recommend that you put your child on the waiting list – even if you are undecided – you will always have the opportunity to decline if you make other plans.


Priority enrollment is given to children who have a sibling currently enrolled at the Children’s House, followed by children of First Presbyterian Church members and places remaining are filled from the general waiting list.


To put your child on the waiting list, please fill out and submit the form below.  A teacher from the Children’s House Montessori School will contact you via phone or e-mail.

Children's House Waiting List