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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 Center School

Greenfield Center SchoolThe Center School is a progressive, independent day school (preschool-8th), offering rigorous education for deep thinkers and creative spirits. The Littles program serves children 18 months through 5 years, providing a connection to the broader 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. The Center School believes 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 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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Integrated Preschool at Northampton Public Schools

Florence, MA ♦ The Northampton Public Schools Preschool is a play-based, child-centered, integrated preschool open to families living in Northampton, Florence & Leeds. Their half-day program runs 4 days a week, Mon-Thurs for 2.5 hours a session (morning or afternoon). Children attend in 2 locations (Bridge Street School & Leeds School) with outdoor play each day. Children who turn 3 by Aug 31 are eligible to start in Sept. Two acceptance lotteries are held (early Feb & late May), followed by rolling admissions. There is a limited full-day option for children who will be 4 by Aug 31, chosen by lottery. For more info or an application, contact earlychildhood@northampton-k12.us, call 413-587-1471 or visit Northampton Preschool to download forms.

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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 ♦ 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 Hartsbrook School

Hadley, MAThe Hartsbrook School provides a preschool experience that savors childhood and prepares for the future. Through imaginative play and practical work, children develop deep foundational skills, and the curiosity to seek answers and engage with the world. Uninterrupted time outdoors, music and song, visits to the farm animals, nourishing shared meals: these are a young child’s daily rhythm. Serving students from infancy through high school, The Hartsbrook School’s curriculum progressively meets each developmental stage with great care. Give your child the foundation for their future and enjoy a vibrant parent community. Accepting applications for children 2.9 to 6 years. Come take a tour! 193 Bay Road, Hadley, 413-586-1908, www.hartsbrook.org

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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 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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Integrated Preschool at Northampton Public Schools

Northampton, MA ♦ The Northampton Public Schools Preschool is a play-based, child-centered, integrated preschool open to families living in Northampton, Florence & Leeds. Their half-day program runs 4 days a week, Mon-Thurs for 2.5 hours a session (morning or afternoon). Children attend in 2 locations (Bridge Street School & Leeds School) with outdoor play each day. Children who turn 3 by Aug 31 are eligible to start in Sept. Two acceptance lotteries are held (early Feb & late May), followed by rolling admissions. There is a limited full-day option for children who will be 4 by Aug 31, chosen by lottery. For more info or an application, contact earlychildhood@northampton-k12.us, call 413-587-1471 or visit Northampton Preschool to download forms.

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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, 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 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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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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