Western MA Preschool & Daycare Directory


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Amherst Montessori School


Amherst, MA ♦ Amherst 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.
Daycare & Preschool ♦ Ages 3mo-12yrs
For more information: sthompson@amherstmontessori.org; 413-253-3101; amherstmontessori.org.

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The Common School

In-Person/ Adaptable

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. Prospective families are invited to meet their teachers and tour their newly renovated facilities, including outdoor learning spaces for extended time outside.
Preschool ♦ Ages 3-12yrs
For more information: 413-256-8989; www.commonschool.org.

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Davenport Child Care Center

Indoor / Outdoor Program

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.
Daycare & Preschool ♦ Ages 1mo-5yrs
For more information: therese@davenportchildcare.org; 413-296-4785; davenportchildcare.wordpress.com.

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Cloverdale Preschool


Florence, MA ♦ Cloverdale 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. A large playground has a variety of gross motor equipment and plenty of space to run. DEEC licensed.
Preschool ♦ Ages 2.9-5yrs
For more information: cloverdale2@verizon.net; 413-586-1106; www.cloverdalepreschool.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.
Preschool ♦ Ages 2.9-5yrs
For more information: admin@givingtreeschool.org; 413-863-9218; givingtreeschool.org.

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The Center School

Outdoor Program, Adaptable

Greenfield, MA ♦ Fostering a sense of wonder through play and adventures, primarily outside, the preschool serves children aged 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 materials, pretending, writing songs, cooking, building, and listening to stories. They believe that children’s play is their most important work and that through play, we can help children develop social skills, self-regulation, and a strong foundation for emerging academic and social capability.
Early Childhood Education Program & Preschool ♦ Ages 18mo-14yrs
For more information: admissions@centerschool.net; 413-773-1700; www.centerschool.net.

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YMCA in Greenfield Preschool

Indoor & Outdoor Program

Greenfield, MA ♦ An exceptional experience for the young learner! Healthy child development and learning starts early. That’s why YMCA in Greenfield Preschool offers an early childhood education program that helps children learn the essential skills they’ll need later on. Certified, trained, supportive staff work to help everyone have the best possible start in their education! The Y Preschool allows children to: grow personally, clarify values, develop specific skills, improve personal & family relationships, and become better leaders. Early learners become instilled with the YMCA’s mission of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility while encouraging an atmosphere of cooperation, mutual respect, and a safe environment for all.
Preschool ♦ Ages 2.9-5yrs
For more information: ljackson@your-y.org; 413-773-3646; www.your-y.org.

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Outdoor Program

The Hartsbrook School

Hadley, MA ♦ Imagine a school that values and encourages your child’s unique qualities: The Hartsbrook School provides just that, with warmth and attentiveness. Abundant outdoor play, storytelling, music, and creative problem-solving 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 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.
Preschool ♦ Ages 2.9-6yrs
For more information: admissions@hartsbrook.org; 413-586-1908; www.hartsbrook.org.

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Indoor / Outdoor Program

The Montessori School of the Berkshires

Lenox Dale, MA ♦ The 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.
Daycare & Preschool ♦ Ages 15mo-14yr
For more information: info@berkshiremontessori.org; 413-637-3662; www.berkshiremontessori.org.

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Community Action’s Head Start & Early Learning Programs

Virtual Program. Indoor Program. Adaptable.

Multiple Towns, MA ♦ Community Action’s Head Start & Early Learning Programs offer a variety of program options (remote and in-person) 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, offering 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.
Daycare. Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. ♦ Ages 6wks-5yrs
For more information: 413-387-1250; www.communityaction.us.

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Valley Play School

Indoor Program

Shelburne Falls, MA ♦ Valley 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 8am-4:30pm, 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.
Daycare. Preschool. ♦ Ages 8mo-6yrs
For more information: ahawk@girlsclubofgreenfield.org; 413-625-2406; www.girlsclubofgreenfield.org.

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Community Music School of Springfield’s Prelude Preschool of the Arts


Springfield, MA ♦ Prelude Preschool of the Arts’ remote programming features music, visual arts, theater, movement, and academic instruction – presented within engaging themes while nurturing 2-6 year-olds’ social-emotional development. Choose from 1 of 3 programs and a host of enriching add-ons to fit your family’s needs best, whether you’re keeping your little one at home all day, or you’d like to infuse some art into after-school time. Prelude’s remote programs are thoughtfully designed to nurture your child’s creativity and love for learning while fostering social connections. Prelude is also committed to providing caregiver-turned-teacher support, both in the form of easy-to-access materials and optional adult group interactions.
Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. ♦ Ages 2-6yrs
For more information: prelude@communitymusicschool.com; 413-750-9560; communitymusicschool.com/prelude.

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Berkshire Country Day School

Indoor & Outdoor Program. Adaptable.

Stockbridge, MA ♦ Berkshire Country Day is an independent school that balances a comprehensive curriculum with the culture and spirit of the Berkshires. The school serves preschoolers to students in Grade 8 and is located on a 27-acre campus complete with pond and several playing fields. Berkshire Country Day School strives to create an environment that is a nurturing and vibrant, offers experiential and project-based learning, and engages the talents of exemplary educators to inspire self-confidence, academic excellence, and mutual respect in students. The school is home to families from Hudson, NY to Williamstown, Stockbridge, and the Hilltowns in Massachusetts. Ask about the Fair Share Tuition program. Bus service is available.
Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. ♦ Ages 2-13yrs
For more information: info@berkshirecountryday.org; 413-637-0755; www.berkshirecountryday.org.

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