Western MA Preschool Directory


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Amherst Montessori School

Amherst, MAAmherst Montessori School believes your child is inherently intelligent and that hands-on learning is critical to their developing brains. In mixed-age classrooms, your child is empowered to explore, discover, and learn through all five senses. AMS offers Spanish language learning in the Children’s House level for ages 3 through 6 (preschool-K). In a beautiful new building designed uniquely for children, classrooms are filled with sunlight, natural materials, and views outside to playgrounds. Trained Montessori teachers nurture each child’s innate curiosity and independence. Open 8:15am-3pm with before care starting at 7:30am and after care until 5:30pm. More at: sthompson@amherstmontessori.org or 413-253-3101.

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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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The Maple Hill Play Garden

Amherst, MA ♦ The Maple Hill Play Garden offers an alternative early childhood program that nurtures the joy and wonder of a simple childhood. Amanda M. Lugo, M.A.Ed., provides a warm, nourishing, inclusive, home-like environment in which play is the heart of the child’s morning. She offers a nature-based program with toys made from natural materials and abundant time outdoors. The program cultivates a gentle and consistent daily rhythm that helps to ground children in a sense of place, all within in a socially conscious environment. Hot, wholesome, organic meals and snacks are provided. The Maple Hill Play Garden serves children ages 14 months – 3 ½+ years. Learn more at www.MapleHillPlayGarden.com. Contact Amanda at 978-500-3070 or NourishingChildhood@gmail.com.

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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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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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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 modeling, 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 ♦ Celebrate the whole child! The Giving Tree preschool program is thoughtfully designed to support young children’s social-emotional growth, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills. Students enjoy ample outdoor exploration and playtime each day in our rambling and rugged Outdoor Classroom. Only 15 minutes from downtown Greenfield, set among the woods and pastures of Gill. Giving Tree is committed to fostering active, hands-on early learning experiences that are playful and purposeful, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Licensed by EEC and accredited by NAEYC & HighScope. Sliding scale tuition, accepting children ages 2.9-5. For more information: givingtreeschool.org, admin@givingtreeschool.org, or call 413-863-9218.

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The Center School

Greenfield Center SchoolGreenfield, MA ♦ Fostering a sense of wonder and joy through play and adventures, indoors and out, the preschool serves children 18 months-5 years. The Center School‘s program for young learners offers specially-designed environments and experiences for early education. With a combination of child-led and teacher-directed activity, students enjoy spending ample time outdoors, exploring art materials, pretending, writing songs, cooking, building, and listening to stories. They believe that child’s play is their most important work and that through play, we can help children to develop social skills, self-regulation and a strong foundation for emerging academic and social capability.

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The Hartsbrook School

Hadley, MA ♦ Imagine a school that values and encourages the unique qualities of your child: The Hartsbrook School provides just that, with warmth and attentiveness. Abundant outdoor play, storytelling, music, and creative problem-solving all lay the foundations for future learning and deep social connection. Children’s imagination and empathy are awakened through the rich curriculum. Walks in the woods, visits to the school’s farm animals, and tending the gardens develop an awareness of, and care for, the natural world. Discover how meaningful a school experience can be and enjoy a vibrant, active parent community. Pre-K, K and an outdoor forest kindergarten for ages 2.9 – 6 years. 193 Bay Road, Hadley, 413-586-1908, www.hartsbrook.org

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The Montessori School of the Berkshires

Lenox Dale, MAThe Montessori 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, helps them to develop focus and motivation, and encourages them to embrace collaboration and cooperation. Engaging materials, designed for hands-on learning through all senses, are continually adapted to meet each individual needs, interests, and development, so children are best prepared for the next level of education. Open 7:30am-3pm; extended coverage until 5:30pm. More at: info@berkshiremontessori.org, 413-637-3662, www.BerkshireMontessori.org.

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The Bloom Family Center

Northampton, MA ♦ The Bloom Family Center is a unique childcare and early education environment in Northampton, MA. Their inclusive Play School program provides working parents flexible drop-in childcare for all ages. Bloom’s approach includes low child to caregiver ratios and a gentle play-to-learn model that reflects Montessori, Waldorf, and attachment parenting styles, integrating a natural learning curriculum designed to encourage and support skill-building, cooperation, and empathy across all age tiers. To schedule a tour or claim a free day pass, call 413-341-2184 or email familycenter@thebloomcommunity.org. For more information, visit online at www.thebloomcommunity.org. All September 2019 signups get 30% off their first month’s membership fees!

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Clarke’s Inclusion 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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Northampton, MASunnyside 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. 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 amgardner@girlsclubofgreenfield.org, or call Ann Marie at 413-774-7407.

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Community Action’s Head Start and Early Learning Programs

Multiple Locations, MACommunity Action’s Head Start & Early Learning Programs 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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