Parent Engagement and Education

We believe that parents are the first and foremost teachers of their children. Our unique programs were designed to support and strengthen parents so they can lead their families well.

Early Education Programs

Family Preschool

Central | Roseville, MN

This year-long program is designed for parents who want to implement better parenting skills and Montessori principles into their home. Meetings include a devotional time, small group discussions, and prayer. Curriculum includes the NAMTA “Montessori at Home” set, Alpha Course’s “The Parenting Course”. and Barbara Curtis’ “Mommy Manual.”

Children must be enrolled in a HIH program.

Friday Friends

Lab School | Bloomington, MN

This 10 session program is a pre-school sampler for children who may be considering future Montessori classes.

Parents are invited to attend these sessions with their children.

10 Fridays

11:00 – 11:45am

Lab School in Bloomington, MN

Bright Beginnings

Highcroft | Wayzata, MN

Watch for more information and details about upcoming early childhood family education options at the new Wayzata Highcroft location. 

Please check back soon for more details.

Questions? Reach out to Jean Schmidt, Director of CMFE, at

“The most important thing to remember is that it is the PARENT who is the child’s first teacher, role model, security symbol, and source of unconditional love and nurturing.”

-Elizabeth Hainstock

Parent Support

Coffee Connect

All Campuses

This educational support group is for homeschooling parents who want to learn more about constructivist teaching methods and receive encouragement and wisdom from seasoned homeschool moms and educational leaders. Come for great connections, conversations and coffee. Childcare provided – donations welcomed.

Moms’ Circle Connect

Central Campus

This monthly meeting gives moms the opportunity to build community, grow as Christian women, and unite in prayer for the school. Come enjoy a special speaker presentation, small group discussion, “teacher feature” highlighting a Montessori tool, and time for prayer. Childcare is available.

Walking Connect

Central Campus

Have fun and build relationships with other HIH parents while exercising! Walk and talk together 2 Fridays per month. Meet at the sidewalk across from the school right after the morning student drop off.

Soul Care Event

Central Campus

This annual event includes a beautiful breakfast bar, community-building activity, soul care teaching from a local expert in the field, hands-on practical activation exercises, and prayer time.

One-on-One Mentorship

All Campuses

Director of CMFE, Jean Schmidt, mentors moms individually in the areas of spiritual growth, strengthening marriage, parenting, soul care, and personal development. Contact Jean directly to schedule an appointment.

Prayer Cares


Our Prayer Care Team is here to pray with and encourage families through every season of their lives. Join us virtually every Monday as we pray for our students, staff, leadership and community. All prayer requests can be sent to

And More!

Stay tuned for more special events designed to support families & build community. Some past events have included: Parent Education Evening, Homeschool Panel, Dads of Destiny: Dessert & Homeschool Discussion, Popcorn in the Park, and Park Playdates.

What Moms Have to Say…

Thank you for speaking God’s truth and grace over us!

The speaking moments were so significant! My tears flowed freely every week and I experienced healing, hope, and empowerment. I was empowered to find and start my dream job as a Christian therapist! Thank you for speaking God’s truth and grace over us! THANK YOU!!!

God has given such as sense of belonging through connecting with other moms.

The most significant moments of MCC were the times of prayer for each other. God has given such as sense of belonging through connecting with other moms. And the community has encouraged me to “keep going” when things are challenging.

Just getting started?

We love coming alongside families whether they are just starting on their homeschooling journey, or transitioning from traditional education to Montessori by providing…

  • Curriculum Recommendations
  • Guest Speaker Presentations
  • Homeschooling/Parenting Workshops

Parent Education Legacy Lives On

Honor to Mrs. Marlene Testa Lee

From 1999 to 2020, the CMFE and Music programs were led and directed by Mrs. Marlene Testa Lee, mother of founder Michelle Thompson. With a Titus 2 Mandate and passion for the family, Mrs. Lee poured herself out to support and encourage families for more than two decades at Hand in Hand. She has left a beautiful legacy that will continue for generations to come and will never be forgotten.

Jean Schmidt

Director of Christian Montessori Family Education (CMFE)

I’m Jean Schmidt and I love Jesus, families, education, missions, and fine coffee :). Twenty years of homeschooling five children in partnership with my husband, David and Hand in Hand, has forged a deep compassion within me to see dedicated Christian families succeed in their educational and life journey. With a Titus 2 mandate on my life, I am called to support, encourage, train, and equip the next generation of parents to raise Kingdom-focused children who love, learn, and lead a Christ-centered life. Our unique family-focused programs, educational offerings, support groups, and special events builds a firm foundation by addressing the wholistic needs of families; educationally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Questions about CMFE?

Reach out to Jean at:

Check Your Email Inbox for More Events

Teacher/Parent written interaction occurs primarily through our classroom newsletter called the HANDLE. All-school communication is done through the SNAP/NOTES FROM THE OFFICE email newsletter. Please watch these publications for a host of events and offerings that happen throughout the school year.