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Nia House Learning Center

A Montessori Toddler & Preschool Program serving Berkeley since 1974


Teaching children care of self, care of others, and care of the environment.


Nia House is a non-profit Montessori School in the heart of West Berkeley. We are committed to providing children between the ages of 18 months and 6 years with an education centered around peace, understanding, acceptance, independence, community, and truth.

Our mission is to bring together children from different socio-economic backgrounds to grow and work in harmony and cooperation, and to actively work toward all of Dr. Maria Montessori's concepts, especially that of peace through education.

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Toddler Program

Our youngest learners at Nia House are aged 18 months to 3 years. Our goal is to help children to become and remain:  naturally independent, socially responsible, confident, physically capable, curious and motivated learners.

Preschool Program

The Nia House preschool includes the traditional Montessori three year preschool plan, building skills in Math, Art, Language, Culture, Botony, Zoology, Sensorial education, and Practical Life.

When we started at Nia House, we were newly back to the Bay Area and instantly felt like we had a wonderful community to which our family belonged.
— A.L. on Yelp
I am a pre school teacher myself and am constantly awed by the respect and empowerment given to the Nia House children by ALL of their teachers.
— T.Mosley on Berkeley Parents Network