historySeptember 1974: Montessori teachers Cynthia Leahy and Naseem Meer hold the first Montessori preschool class between San Jose and Berkeley in a rented classroom at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Fremont, CA. 

What started in that rented Sunday school classroom has grown to over 6 locations throughout the East Bay. Cynthia and Naseem have overseen the education of more then 5,000 children. The family of schools that began with two women in a rented classroom now employs over 100 people and cares for more than 500 students daily.

The Montessori Children's Center traces it's history back to 1979, originally located in Union City, it was previously know as the Montessori School of Union City. In 1992, facing an ever increasing demand for high quality Montessori education, the Montessori School of Union City moved to it's new location on Lake Mead Drive, and became the Montessori Children's Center. Today the Children's Center cares for approximately 150 children, serves hot lunch daily, with programs for infancy through kindergarten. 

The children in the photo above are now in their mid forties. They include a physician, two attorneys, six engineers, a real estate executive and a college professor.