It is the spirit of the child that can determine the course of human progress and lead it perhaps even to a higher form of civilization.

— Maria Montessori


“Exciting” and “daunting” are words often used to describe the way parents feel as they embark upon a search for the perfect preschool for their children. Choosing the right care for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. A wide variety of issues must be considered in finding the perfect combination. Not only do you want your child to flourish in an enriching and safe environment, you also need the school to be the right fit for the entire  family.  Curriculum,  location  and high-quality care and education are important topics to consider. At the end of the day, it comes down to entrusting the care of your child to a provider that will give you peace of mind and give your child the best possible experience.


Catherine Mathis, director of Smart Start Montessori School in Forney, has risen to the task of caring for your children, as well as providing them a foundation for learning. Mrs. Mathis says, “Our  school  is  different  from  the  traditional daycare. We offer academics, in addition to time for play. Our children learn everyday skills in areas of practical life.” Mrs. Mathis is succeeding, as she recently has expanded her school. In March of this year, she moved her in-home business of seven years to a larger facility in order to accommodate more children. Today, she and three other employees oversee the care and guidance of 26 children, ages 18 months to 6 years old. All Lead teachers are Montessori trained and certified.


At Smart Start Montessori School, culturally diverse children are provided a nurturing environment and a holistic, integrated educational approach that was developed by physician and educator, Dr. Maria Montessori. This approach is characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical and social development. The quality Montessori Curriculum reaches across disciplines and age levels to help prepare children to be global citizens and life-long learners.  They are taught to strive for excellence, value respect, cherish diversity, develop individual strengths, foster independence and inspire creativity. This is a school in which you are investing in your child’s education,” says Mrs. Mathis.


Enrolling your child at Smart Start affords them a head start in learning. By utilizing Dr. Montessori’s practical and tested teaching methods at Smart Start, the very best is brought forth in children.  A high level of academic achievement is the norm in the Montessori environment. It is a natural outcome of experience in such a supportive method.


If this sounds like an environment you’d  like your little one to experience, simply schedule a visit to learn more about Smart Start Montessori School.  Enrollment is open at any time of the year.  Plus, Mrs. Mathis is offering two days – complimentary – to bring your child in to see if it’s a good fit for them…and you!


The unique combination of the tested and trusted educational curriculum developed by Dr. Montessori paired with a local, small business owner (Mathis) who leads with a servant’s heart is a proven winner. Mrs. Mathis invites you to come for a tour and see for yourself what sets the Smart Start Montessori School apart from the rest.


Smart Start Montessori School is open from 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM and provides year-round Montessori education for children eighteen months to six years of age. Based on your needs, there are many options for your child:




(M-F): 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM



(M,T,W): 6:30 AM to 3:00 PM



(Th,F): 6:30 AM to 3:00 PM



(M-F): 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM


3 DAY SUMMER PROGRAM (M,T,W): 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM



(972) 357-7766

10674 FM 1641, Forney, TX 75126

Located between Helms Trail and I-20

next to Abuelitos Street Tacos