|Action||Amend Standards for Licensed Child Day Centers to Address Federal Health and Safety Requirements|
|Comment Period||Ends 5/12/2021|
22VAC40-185-30 Operational Responsibilities
Every Center will ensure that advertising is not misleading or deceptive as required by VA code 63.2-1713
"Montessori" schools that operate without adhering to the the MPPI (Montessori Public Policy Initiative) Montessori Essentials are deceptively and irresponsibly defrauding Virginia's parents into believing their children are getting a Montessori education. The Montessori Essentials are the nationally recognized elements of a Montessori school. Montessori teachers study for a minimum of 600 clock hours to earn their Montessori early childhood credentials from accredited teacher education programs. Recognized Montessori teacher programs are accredited by MACTE, which is recognized by USDE. Montessori teacher education programs in Virginia must be certified to operate by SCHEV, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Neighbors, including MD and DC have consumer protection laws in place to avoid this type of fraudulent advertising. Defining what can be considered a "Montessori" school is vital in correctly representing the specialized education offered. All other claims are misleading and deceptive.