Public Montessori Preschool Outcomes in a Low-Income Community

$400,000 over seven years

This longitudinal study is following three to six year old children in two high-fidelity Montessori magnet schools and a control group of 3-6 year old children in business-as-usual schools located in Hartford, CT. Using a randomized wait list control group design, this study assigned about 140 children into treatment and control groups. The principal investigator, Dr. Angeline Lillard of the University of Virginia, conducted a pilot study published in Science in 2006 showing that children at public Montessori schools in Milwaukee had significantly better outcomes than lotteried-out counterparts at other Milwaukee area schools.