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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! Now enrolling students for Fall 2017. Spring Street Preschool is a small school with both mixed age and separate small group programming, individualized instruction, large art studio space, experienced and caring teachers and two outdoor play spaces including a new 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 an independent and non-denominational preschool offering a play based, literacy-enriched curriculum. To schedule a tour call 413-256-8442 or info@springstreetpreschool.org. For more info visit www.springstreetpreschool.org.

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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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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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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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Academy of Early Learning

Greenfield, MA ♦ Academy of Early Learning at North Parish, in active partnership with families and community organizations, provides quality education, support services, and collaborative programming in a safe, nurturing public school environment. AEL meets the diverse individual needs of all children by offering meaningful learning opportunities. Young children learn best when discovering and exploring their world through play while meeting all district, state and national performance standards for excellence. Registration opportunities include tuition-based full day and half day school year preschool programs. Visit www.gpsk12.org/academy-early-learning, or call 413-772-1390.

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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 as peacemakers who respect themselves and others, and embrace collaboration and cooperation. Sunny classrooms, 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. 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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Nonotuck Community School

Northampton, MANonotuck Community School is accepting applications for children 15 mos. to 5 years for a September start date in their 12-month program. Open from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm and located in Northampton, Nonotuck has well-appointed classrooms, daily access to indoor and outdoor play spaces, an art studio, yoga instruction, Kaboom! Imagination Play equipment, gardening & more. Curriculum is play-based and inspired by progressive early childhood education theory. A parent cooperative, Nonotuck emphasizes community, emotional intelligence, and resilience, and provides ample opportunities for cognitive, artistic, social, emotional, and physical development throughout the school day. Contact info@nonotuck.org, 413-586-5996 or online at www.nonotuck.org.

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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. The program is based on the Reggio Emilia Approach and emphasizes a strong sense of community, learning through in-depth projects, and the arts. The facility includes large classrooms filled with natural light; extensive playgrounds; and, dedicated studios for music and visual arts. The teachers are professional, knowledgeable, and have deep respect for each child’s development. Exceptional teacher to child ratios allow for individual attention and creative curriculum. Please email CECE@smith.edu for more information or please click here to visit the website.

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Sunnyside

Northampton, MA ♦ Sunnyside has been in operation since 1975 and is one of the area’s longest running early childhood centers, offering quality care and curriculum for children ages 18 months through five years. As a parent cooperative, Sunnyside engages the entire community in fostering a nurturing and safe environment for all families. Sunnyside emphasizes small class ratios and close relationships between staff, parents, and students. The Center is licensed through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). For more information or to schedule a tour, visit sunnysidekids.org, email info@sunnysidekids.org or call 413-727-3665.

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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. 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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Small World Preschool and Child Care Center

South Deerfield, MASmall World Preschool and Child Care Center provides full day, year-round care for children 2.9 years through age 5 primarily in Franklin and Hampshire counties. Open 7:30am to 5:30pm, Monday through Friday. Children are offered a supportive environment in which to express themselves creatively and to expand an awareness of the world around them. Through praise, encouragement, support and positive reinforcement, children develop decision-making abilities, self-sufficiency, independence and problem-solving skills. Small World was the first private preschool in the Union #38 school district to become nationally accredited. Visit www.smallworldsouthdeerfield.com, or email Info@SmallWorldSouthDeerfield.com.

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Berkshire Country Day School

Stockbridge, MABerkshire Country Day is an independent Pre-K–9 school that balances a comprehensive curriculum with the culture and spirit of the Berkshires. The historic 27-acre campus on the Stockbridge/Lenox line is fundamental to the educational philosophy, infusing the academic, arts, and athletics with a spirit of independence and exploration. BCD leverages a nurturing and vibrant community, experiential and project-based learning, and the talents of exemplary educators to inspire self-confidence, academic excellence, and mutual respect. The school is home to families from 27 different communities, as far away as Hudson, NY, and as close as Stockbridge. Intentional, Independent, Inspired. www.berkshirecountryday.org; admissions@berkshirecountryday.org.

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Whately Elementary School Preschool Program

Whately, MA ♦ Whately Elementary preschool program is now accepting applications for the fall of 2017! They are happy to announce the expansion of their existing program to a full-day, full-week experience for children aged 3-5 years old. Whately offers a small integrated preschool experience serving a mixed age population. They believe in the power of learning through play and their caring and skillful staff are experts in guiding children in their development. Preschoolers enjoy gardening, art, music, literacy, engineering, obstacle courses and so much more. The expanded hours are: Monday-Friday 8:30am-3pm with extended care hours until 5:30pm. For more information, please contact Rhonda at 413-665-1155 ext. 700 or emailing Rhonda.lutenegger@frsu38.org.

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R.H. Conwell Elementary School, Early Childhood Program

Worthington, MA ♦ The Integrated Preschool Program at R.H. Conwell offers a fun, nurturing language-based environment that encourages and fosters growth and development. The program is offered to children, 2.9 years old and older, and is rich in sensory experiences, dramatic play and creativity with a variety of building manipulatives. There is free play and exploration with planned teacher-directed activities that include music and movement, science and art. Children also participate in Music, Art, PE, weekly visits to the library, exploring nature, playing, planting a garden and physical activity. Playing in the natural world will provide children with a foundation of skills necessary for future learning! Contact swillis@hr-k12.org for more information.

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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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