In 1997 a group of parents and educators organized a private Montessori group for toddlers. In order to continue with Montessori education at pre-school level, in 1998 the Internationaler Montessori Kindergarten in Esslingen was founded and, finally in 1999, IMK could welcome the first group with 20 children aged 3-6.
At present there are max. 23-25 children in the group, three Montessori teachers, an english native speaker teacher and an assistant. IMK is a parents initiative sponsored by a non-profit association set up especially for this purpose.
It is financed by parental tuition fees as well as federal and state subsidies. As a non-profit enterprise, IMK welcomes outside support.