Cultivating Spaces for Children

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 four-week guided course focused on helping parents and caregivers of children aged 0 - 5 create child-friendly homes. This unique course was created in 2017 and has served families around the world. Join us October, 2018 for our sixth session of Cultivating Spaces for Children.

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What's Included?

  • Four weeks of interactive instruction followed by 2 weeks of open discussion

  • Weekly Live group coaching videos by Aubrey and Nicole

  • Access to past videos

  • Entrance to a private, facilitated learning community

  • A PDF toolkit with guides, action plans, and reading material

Dates & Times:

Enrollment is closed for 2018. Join the waitlist to receive notifications about the next available session.

How it Works

When you enroll in the course, you will receive instruction on how to join the course. Our online classroom will be inside a private Facebook group. You'll download your Toolkit PDF and get the links to weekly assignments within this group.

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. 

Your personal information and data are important to us. Please see our privacy policy for more information on how we handle your personal data.

Get Personal Feedback

Add the Personal Feedback option to get individual guidance and coaching from Aubrey and Nicole during one of 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! If you are considering this option, please know that these spaces are limited and sell out quickly.

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

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, M.Ed. is a parent coach and educational consultant best known for her empathetic approach and appreciation for the magic of childhood. As the founder of the Child Development Institute of the Redwoods, she creates online courses and coaches parents in compassionate discipline techniques and Montessori education. Aubrey lives with her husband and two children under a blanket of San Francisco fog, where the coastal cliffs and nearby redwood trails are always beckoning for another 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.