Once upon a time.....
a young couple, named Monta and Paul bought a 100 year-old "fixer-upper" in the historic neighborhood of South Park. Old houses hadn't become "trendy" yet in San Diego, and most of the business properties in the neighborhood were shuttered, occupied by long defunct used appliance shops, or storefront churches.
When they found they were expecting their first child, Monta found herself driving long distances for prenatal classes, and later to baby classes and playgroups with daughter, Sirena and little brother, Aiden. There were few young children in the neighborhood and zero services or activities for them.
In 2000, Monta had started using sign language for early communication with her hearing infant daughter, an uncommon practice at the time. In 2001, she created a class to teach other parents how to sign with their babies, and traveled countywide to offer it in areas where more young children lived. In 2004, Monta published her first book, Baby Sign Language Basics, with Hay House, which became an instant best-seller.
Happily, the South Park Renaissance that had started slowly in the mid 90's, picked up speed, and South Park gradually became the hip, vibrant, family-friendly community it is today. There were finally enough kids in the neighborhood that Monta was able to bring her classes to a fixed location close to home, sharing space with the newly opened baby boutique, So Childish.
Monta's vision for Baby Garten Studio has always been to provide young uptown & downtown families with the local resources and support that were never available to her family. Through nearly two decades of offering sign language classes for expectant and new parents, she's made many connections with wonderful educators and service providers and now Baby Garten Studio brings them together under one roof for our neighborhood families.
We hope to meet you and your little ones at a class soon!