A Child Friendly Home Begins With You.

Creating a home environment catered to both the developmental needs of small children and one that accommodates the lifestyle and hobbies of all other family members can be a stressful endeavor - especially for new parents and those with multiple children. Add in a regular influx of toys from relatives and a closet full of clothes and it can get overwhelming very quickly!

Ready to take control? Join Aubrey and Nicole in a six-week guided course focused on helping parents and caregivers of children aged 0 - 5 create child-friendly homes. 


What's Included?

  • Four weeks of interactive instruction
  • Weekly Live group coaching videos by Aubrey and Nicole
  • Access to past discussion videos 
  • Entrance to a private, facilitated learning community
  • A PDF toolkit with guides, action plans, and reading material

Dates and Times

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How it Works

When you enroll in the course, you will be directed to join a private Facebook group. This will be our online classroom. You'll download your Toolkit PDF and get the links to weekly assignments.

Aubrey and Nicole will go "Live" on video twice a week. On Tuesday, we'll introduce the topic and give you concrete information about why and how you should implement child-friendly changes in your home.  On Friday, we'll devote the entire Live video to a Q&A. (Yes, you can ask questions ahead of time!) We want to provide real-time support based on your own needs, so we will be active and engaged in the group.

Our course is designed to work well in any time zone. If you miss the Live videos, you'll be able to watch the replays at your leisure. Throughout the course, you'll check into the group forum to see inspiring quotes and participate in thoughtful discussion questions about the week's topics. 

Want Individual Support?

Add the Personal Feedback option to get individual guidance and coaching from Aubrey and Nicole during the last two "work weeks" of the course. You will use Facebook Personal Messages to send pictures and/or videos or ask any questions about your child's areas. We look forward to chatting with you one-on-one!

I learned valuable information about Montessori philosophy on top of creating beautiful, accessible spaces to promote independence. I loved the support and ideas not only from Nicole and Aubrey, but from my fellow participants as well. Cultivating Spaces for Children was a game changer for our family!
— Danielle
This course completely exceeded my expectations. Aubrey and Nicole are both so passionate and knowledgeable, and this showed through their enthusiasm and involvement throughout the course.
— Alyce

About Your Guides

We are both passionate about child development and Montessori-inspired living, but more importantly, we are parents of our own delightful, independent, messy, and inquisitive children! For many years, we've been on the receiving end of kind words and solid advice, and we look forward passing on our knowledge, experience, and support to you.


Aubrey Hargis

Aubrey Hargis is the founder and executive director of The Child Development Institute of the Redwoods and the creator of the 40,000+ member Montessori 101 group on Facebook. Through CDIR, she offers coaching and consultations to parents and teachers who are looking for gentle parenting techniques and effective teaching strategies. As an educator and child development researcher, she has taught children aged from toddlers through elementary school in both the public and private school sector and holds both an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and an American Montessori Society certificate in Lower Elementary. The coastal cliffs and the redwood trails in the San Francisco Bay area beckon her almost every weekend for another family adventure.

Nicole Kavanaugh

Nicole is the writer and creator of The Kavanaugh Report, which documents her family's Montessori home, and educates parents on how to incorporate Montessori into their lives. Nicole holds a B.A. in History and a Juris Doctor (J.D.). She has been studying Montessori philosophy for the past six years. As an admin of Montessori 101, Nicole strives to help parents incorporate Montessori at home, no matter where they are in their Montessori journey. Nicole lives in Minnesota with her husband, three children, and three dogs.

Thanks so much for the amazing course! The curriculum and delivery you are providing is ground breaking for families.
— Joy