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The Common School

Amherst, MA ♦ Children only get one preschool experience. Experience The Common School. The Common School, serving children ages 3-12 years, has two preschool classrooms for children ages 3-5 years. These classrooms provide strong student/teacher ratios, a diverse and inclusive community, opportunities for experiential learning, a stellar social and emotional curriculum, environmental awareness, play based learning, significant time spent outdoors and many resources, such as an extensive library, music and movement class. Call for a tour 413-256-8989 and visit the website at www.commonschool.org.

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Spring Street Preschool

Amherst, MA ♦ Best kept secret in Amherst! Spring Street Preschool is an independent, progressive preschool located in downtown Amherst. Experienced and caring teachers provide opportunities for constructive play, literacy learning, friendship development and creative arts. Spring Street Preschool has two outdoor play spaces, including a nature playground. Enrolling children from 2 yrs 9 months – 5 years. Flexible schedule with hours from 8am-5:30pm and affordable tuition. Spring Street Preschool is a non-denominational preschool located behind the Congregational Church. To schedule a tour call 413-256-8442 or email springstreetpreschool@gmail.com. For more info visit www.springstreetpreschool.com.

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Davenport Child Care Center

Chesterfield, MA ♦ The Davenport Child Care Center is dedicated to enhancing the self-esteem, social skills and creativity of each child as an individual, while meeting their physical and emotional needs in a safe environment. Their goal is to maintain a safe and healthy environment while allowing children to grow and explore at their own pace. The preschool program encourages a child’s natural curiosity while promoting a desire to learn for years to come. The program offers children lots of free play, use of learning centers, and small group activities that promote skills needed for learning. Through socialization and personal experience, children become members of the community and help one another grow and learn. 413-296-4785; www.davenportchildcare.org.

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Young World Child Care Center

Easthampton, MAYoung World has been enriching the lives of children and their families in the Greater Easthampton Community since 1980 through the belief that children develop into strong, independent individuals when given the proper materials, challenges, and opportunities. Dedicated Educators welcome children aged 2.9 right through 11 years old. Young World proudly offers a variety of care options to meet the needs of families. Full Time & Part time Pre-school Care is available in addition to a traditional Nursery School Program. Young World also provides Before and After School Care for children in Kindergarten straight through 4th Grade. Make an informed choice about quality care. Call 413-527-3983 for a tour today. www.youngworldchildcarecenter.com

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Cloverdale Preschool

Florence, MACloverdale Preschool is a parent cooperative program focusing on social-emotional development and problem-solving skills. Teachers are dedicated to providing a nurturing environment with sensory-based experiences that promote confidence through exploration. Cloverdale is a small, close-knit community with a low teacher-child ratio, offering high quality early education to children ages 2.9-5. Half/full day schedules available for 2, 3, 4, or 5 days during the academic year. Extended day hours offer unique STEAM activities. Large playground has a variety of gross motor equipment and plenty of space to run. DEEC licensed. For more info, visit www.cloverdalepreschool.com, email at cloverdale2@verizon.net, or call 413-586-1106

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The Montessori School of Northampton

Northampton, MAThe Montessori School of Northampton is an independent day school enrolling students ages 18 months to 14 years. The curriculum design and classroom experience at each level in Montessori education is based in the science of human development. This means that lessons are matched to the age and stage at which your child will learn it best. This match creates the optimum learning situation whether the student is 3 or 13. Visit their school and see for yourself how a Montessori programs changes, grows and develops across the child’s span of growth from toddler through adolescence. www.NorthamptonMontessori.org

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Mulberry Tree Child Care

Florence, MAMulberry Tree offers a gentle transition to being part of a group in a family setting. Jennifer has been an Early Childhood Teacher in Waldorf schools, and now her home, for 30 years. The program is based on routine and rhythm, helping the children to form healthy habits for life and to feel a sense of place and security in their day. The heart of the morning is circle time, where the children learn songs, poems and rhymes. It is a nature based program with toys made from natural materials and an emphasis on outdoor time. Wholesome, homemade snacks and meals are provided. Hands on activities such as baking, play dough modelling, gardening and caring for the environment are regular activities. Contact Jennifer at 413-588-2052, javanbeckum@iglide.net, or www.westernmadaycare.com.

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Giving Tree School

Gill, MA ♦ What makes Giving Tree School unique? Child-focused curriculum, emphasis on problem solving. Large and adventurous certified Outdoor Classroom. Sunlit, nurturing, home-like environment. Sliding scale tuition allows accessibility to all families. EEC-licensed and accredited by NAEYC (National Association of the Education of Young Children) and HighScope Foundation. Community-building events for families. Board of Directors made up of Giving Tree parents. Accepting children 2.9 to 5 years of age. Committed to fostering active, hands-on early learning experiences that are playful and purposeful, providing a foundation for a lifelong love of learning. For more information: givingtreeschool.org, admin@givingtreeschool.org, or call 413-863-9218.

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The Hartsbrook School

Hadley, MA ♦ A day filled with songs, nature walks, storytelling: Pre-K and Kindergarten at The Hartsbrook School offers a nurturing environment that nourishes the senses. Teachers provide gentle rhythms that promote security and trust; children participate in real life activities that encourage reverence for the wonders of the world. Every child is treated with great care and respect. The 54-acre campus, with pastoral views of farmland, woodlands, streams, and the Seven Sisters hills of the Holyoke Range, enhances and deepens students’ daily experiences. Welcoming children ages 2 years 9 months through 6 years. Come and see for yourself. Schedule a private tour at 413-586-1908. www.hartsbrook.org, 193 Bay Road, Hadley.

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The Montessori School of the Berkshires

Lenox Dale, MAMontessori School of the Berkshires inspires children to develop independent thinking, self-assurance, inner discipline, and a love of learning in an authentic Montessori environment. Serving children aged 15 months through grade 8 on 40 wooded acres, MSB supports each child’s innate curiosity and helps them to develop focus and motivation, and to embrace collaboration and cooperation. Engaging materials, designed for Dr. Montessori’s methods of hands-on learning through all senses, are continually adapted to meet each child’s needs, interests, and development so they are best prepared for the next level of education. Open 7:30 am to 3:00 pm; extended coverage until 5:30. More at: info@berkshiremontessori.org, 413-637-3662, www.BerkshireMontessori.org.

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Clarke’s Integrated Preschool Program

Northampton, MA ♦ Clarke offers a high-quality, affordable preschool for both children with typical hearing and children with hearing loss. In our unique and stimulating language instruction environment in Northampton, all children benefit from Master’s-educated professionals trained in early childhood education, education of the deaf and hard of hearing, and speech-language pathology. Students attend five days per week, learning through guided exploration; authentic work and play; and experiential literature in a social context. As one parent put it, “One of the Valley’s best kept secrets!” Licensed by DESE. Contact Marian Hartblay, Director, at mhartblay@clarkeschools.org, 413-582-1144 (Voice/TTY), or visit clarkeschools.org/northampton.

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Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill

Northampton, MAThe Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill offers high quality full- and part-time early education and care in Northampton for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Three-, four-, and five-day schedules are available in all age groups. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach, the program emphasizes a strong sense of community, learning through in-depth projects, and the arts. The school includes large classrooms filled with natural light, extensive playgrounds, and dedicated studios for music and visual arts. Exceptional teacher-child ratios allow for individual attention and creative curriculum. For more information, please email CECE@smith.edu or visit the school website.

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Valley Play School

Shelburne Falls, MAValley Play School is located in the heart of Shelburne Falls. It is a branch of the Girls Club of Greenfield and offers a variety of full and part time options for parents as well as a variety of subsidies. It operates year round, Monday through Friday from 7:30am-5:30pm, with breakfast and snack served daily. Two classrooms serve children 8 months to 6 years. VPS’s methods emphasize low teacher/student ratios and a healthy, enriching environment where children learn through their play and process has more importance than product. Children learn by doing in a supportive, nurturing environment that promotes pro-social behaviors. It provides diverse opportunities for quality interactions, connections and school readiness. Learn more at girlsclubofgreenfield.org, email vpsamgardner@girlsclubofgreenfield.org, or call Ann Marie at 413-625-2406.

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Red Bird Preschool

Shutesbury, MARed Bird Preschool blends the joy of nature, the magic of creating, with hands-on-learning and a compassionate and nurturing environment for children. Red Bird is a licensed and insured nature and art based Preschool, located at 54 Baker Road in Shutesbury, MA. They believe in hands-on learning where each child is valued as an unique learner. Red Bird Preschool’s philosophy is that learning is natural and fun. The curriculum is a creative blend of Play and Nature-Based, Nurtured Heart, Reggio-Emilia, Waldorf, and Montessori approaches. HenaSusha, Owner and Preschool Teacher, has worked with children for 30 years in diverse settings: urban, Head Start, public schools, and education centers. Contact: 413-658-4616, redbirdpreschool.com, or redbirdpreschool@gmail.com Subsidized slots are available.

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R.H. Conwell Elementary School, Early Childhood Program

Worthington, MAR.H. Conwell’s Preschool has openings for the 2018-2019 school year. It is an integrated program for children 2.9 years old and up. Both half day and full day programs are available (8:30 – 12:00 or 8:30 – 3:10). It offers a play and language-based environment, offering a wide variety of enriching activities in a nurturing educational setting. The preschoolers also get to participate in specials: Art, PE, Library, and Music. The school grounds have a lovely wooded area with a stream that provides many opportunities for exploration and learning. Such a variety ensures all children gain a foundation of skills necessary for future learning. Please call 413-238-5856, if you have any questions, to arrange a tour and to apply.

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Community Action’s Head Start and Early Learning Programs

Multiple Locations, MACommunity Action’s Head Start & Early Learning Programs (formerly The Parent-Child Development Center/PCDC) offer a variety of program options for pregnant women and families with children ages birth-5 throughout Hampshire, Franklin, & Western Hampden Counties. Community Action’s Head Start provides early education and care and quality comprehensive services to children in Head Start/Early Head Start programs and offers full-day and part-day center-based classrooms, family childcare, and home visiting. Centers are located in Orange, Turners Falls, Greenfield, Amherst, Northampton, Easthampton, Ware, Westfield, & Agawam. Call 413-387- 1250 or visit www.communityaction.us to apply.

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Hilltown Families is committed to the economic development of our region, and by offering this preschool directory, local schools can thrive and provide a much needed service to our local community. All descriptions have been submitted and all links are provided as a courtesy and not as an endorsement.

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