Welcome from our Director

Mrs. Jay Bogollagama

We are so happy you are considering joining the family here at Early Years Montessori School. As a young woman and mother of three, I was always fascinated with early education. I saw first-hand how the Montessori philosophy, it's joyful work and play, calls to a child and feeds their inner needs in a meaningful way. This experience led me to my Montessori Diploma and my first head teacher position.

In 1988, I established Early Years Montessori School as a safe, nurturing place where a stimulating curriculum helps children explore and grow. Since then, children from across Northern Virginia have grown and thrived with us, and moved on with their education fully prepared for the next challenge.

Dr. Montessori's time-tested approach focuses on the development of the whole child, physically and socially, as well as emotionally, and cognitively, and continuing professional education is an essential best practice. This is why my teachers and I are also dedicated to continuing our professional education, such as IMS's recent Creating the New Education workshop, so that we can continue to adapt and enrich our Montessori curriculum to the growing needs of today's children.

In 2015, I was honored to be recognized by my peers at the International Montessori Society with an article in the Montessori News about our success here at Early Years Montessori School. I invite you to visit us weekdays from 9am to 11 am to observe first-hand how we can help your child learn and grow together.

Mrs. Jay Bogollagama, Director


Private Schools In Virginia

Private Schools In Virginia

If you’re currently looking at private schools in Virginia, consider Early Years Montessori School for your child. Anything but traditional, EYMS offers your child the unique opportunity to learn at their own pace in a nurturing, caring environment that is child-focused rather than teacher-centered. If you’re considering your options for your child’s early education, nothing can compare with the Montessori method of teaching.


You may be wondering what Montessori is all about- that’s only natural for first-time parents or parents of young children who have never been exposed to the Montessori method in the past. As a means for laying a strong and solid foundation for on-going education, nothing is more dynamic or as enjoyable for the student as what experts call the best hands-on method of learning available today.


Montessori is process-focused rather than results-focused. This is a tremendous change over what traditional public and private schools in Virginia are using to try and reach students. The problem with traditional results-driven education is that it puts an incredible amount of strain on the average student to perform up to the standards of others- and dumbs them down if they’ve gotten too far ahead of their peers. Results-driven education never looks at the individual student as the prime focus of the educational benefit, and so the student becomes a byproduct of the educational system rather than the beneficiary.


Process-driven education, such as Montessori employs, gives each student the opportunity to engage in tasks and activities at their own pace. Since results are not the prime goal, the student learns to derive a great amount of enjoyment from the process itself. Activities are, in fact, highly enjoyable, and since they are hands-on, they foster fine motor skills and help the child to learn through sensorial interaction. Tasks are designed to reach a student through their senses of sight, touch and sound. Results happen on their own- in fact, Montessori is considered to have set the standards for excellence in achieving results. The difference is that the process is championed, rather than the result.


Your child will learn and engage in a mixed age group setting that is considered superior to same-age classrooms in one important aspect: The mixed age setting provides the all-too uncommon advantage of mentoring to take place naturally without having to be encouraged. Younger children are naturally curious as to what older students are doing, and will observe and imitate their actions as older students demonstrate competence and ability. In public and private schools in Virginia, this type of environment would encourage bullying. In the Montessori environment, it serves as a means to further learning.


Feel free to call Early Years Montessori School at 703-237-0264 with any questions you have or to schedule a time when you can come by and see first-hand what the school has to offer your child. We’re certain you’ll be fascinated by what you see and will want the very best for your child. EYMS offers a safe and nurturing environment for your child- call today.

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(703) 237-0264
3241 Brush Dr, Falls Church, VA 22042

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