Cinquegranelli Montessori is the first Montessori Early Education Program in the Pacific Northwest to incorporate the Italian language and culture as a daily component in the curriculum. Dr. Maria Montessori believed that children effortlessly absorb languages, therefore, a second language is naturally introduced when children are young and language is easily absorbed. Founded by Gail Longo, Cinquegranelli Montessori has been serving children and families in the Sunset Hill/ Ballard area, since 1989. The school offers a child-centered, learning environment for children 2 ½ to 6 years old. Montessori philosophy and Italian language are the key emphasis of our program. For more information, please visit: www.cinquegranelli.com.