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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 7:30 am 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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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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Ashfield Community Preschool & Toddler Program

Ashfield, MA ♦ Looking for an educational program for toddlers (ages 15 – 33 mos.) or preschoolers (ages 3 years and up) in the Hilltowns? Ashfield Community Preschool is now taking applications for their 2018 program (September 4 – June 29, 2018). The curriculum, taught by licensed teachers, includes daily circle time, healthy snacks, story time, nap, and both indoor and outdoor play with an intentional balance given to structure and free choice. For more information, call 413-628-3248 or email acpres@verizon.net. Ashfield Community Preschool is located at 103 Baptist Corner Road in Ashfield, MA, and has been serving children and families throughout the Hilltown area since 1984.  www.ashfieldcommunitypreschool.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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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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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 Center School

Greenfield, MAThe Center School is a progressive, independent day school (preschool-8), offering rigorous education for deep thinkers and creative spirits. The Littles program serves children 18 months – 5 years, offering a connection to the wider Center School community as well as specially designed early education environments and experiences. 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 a 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 later academic and social learning.

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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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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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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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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. 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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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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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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