Updated: May 6, 2018
HOUSTON, TX. Jan 19, 2017. Today, ETC Montessori, the largest Montessori curriculum publisher, has unveiled a partnership with educational giant Heutink International, the parent company of Nienhuis Montessori. The partnership will deliver long lasting benefits for all parties involved.
“The collaboration between ETC Montessori and Heutink International is the culmination of 3 years with a great partner; we are extremely grateful to work with Heutink,” comments the executive director of ETC Montessori.
The partnership will offer Montessori customers and schools around the world, Montessori curricula for ages 3 to 12, through the Heutink Group. Since many of the ETC Montessori curricula are designed to be used alongside Nienhuis materials, the partnership represents a solidification of the two leading Montessori production companies, by providing developmentally appropriate curricula that spans three year cycles. Beginning today, Nienhuis and ETC Montessori materials will be readily available in a side-by-side format from all of Heutink International, Nienhuis and the ETC Montessori websites.
Nienhuis Montessori has established their reputation as being the original company chosen by Maria Montessori to create the materials which are known throughout the world as the “standard”. ETC Montessori has also built a reputation as the first Montessori publisher to extend and reinvigorate many of the printed materials that are used in Montessori classrooms around the world, while remaining true to Dr. Montessori’s pedagogy. Over the years, ETC Montessori has remained committed to the “Total Montessori” approach and philosophical integrity in the design of their innovative curricula.
Through this partnership, both companies will be able to assist global customers achieve the educational standards that Montessori has come to embody.
The Heutink Group is a Netherlands based family business founded by Reinier Willem Heutink in 1911. By 1957, under the leadership of Bertus Heutink, the company became the leader for sales of school materials. Their approach emphasizes learning through play, by providing superior educational products through the best global educational brands. With the acquisition of Nienhuis Montessori, Heutink could provide authentic AMI-approved Montessori materials to its customers. Today, Heutink serves Montessori customers throughout the world, with over 250 resellers and distributors. Nienhuis Montessori continues to be officially endorsed by the Association Montessori Internationale and is also the most popular brand when it comes to Montessori materials.
ETC Montessori was founded by Erika Ohlhaver and Aki Margaritis, both Montessori trained and practicing teachers. It was incorporated in 2003, and immediately brought a revolution to the Montessori world by offering updated, innovative curriculum that not only highlighted the traditional materials associated with the method, but also offered curriculum that bridged the gaps which existed between the traditional Montessori approach and today’s educational needs. By providing materials that blend traditional Montessori concepts with current neuroscientific research and breakthrough printing techniques, ETC Montessori provides aesthetically pleasing and pedagogically accurate Montessori curriculum. Today, the company is the largest publisher of Montessori curriculum worldwide.