The Young at Heart Intergenerational Program is the pride and joy of Mt. Diablo Center. In June 2017, a Montessori preschool on property owned by Choice in Aging announced that it was abruptly closing. The Choice in Aging Board saw an opportunity in serving a community need, and voted to take on the preschool, saving the education and care for the students (and parents!) along with the jobs of all of the incredible staff.
After acquiring the preschool, we realized the amazing opportunity we could create in bringing
the curious preschoolers to do activities with our aging participants at Mt. Diablo Center. Thus,
the Young at Heart program was born! Through traditional Montessori activities, singalongs,
story time, and more, the children and adults are brought together and
create a special intergenerational bond.
Through our Intergenerational programming we engage both the adult and child using Montessori techniques and materials aimed at building success, self-confidence; and for the older counterparts, the potential to unlock buried memories. This evidence based approach demonstrates Montessori concepts yield moments of joy for the child and adult alike.