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2022 Preschool & Daycare Directory

Hilltown Families’ Preschool & Daycare Directory features trusted preschools, daycare, and early childhood programs across Western Massachusetts, including indoor/outdoor and virtual/in-person programs.

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Oak Meadow (Virtual/Home-Based)



Amherst Montessori School

Amherst Montessori School
Adaptable

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

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. 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.

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The Common School

In-Person/Adaptable

Preschool ♦ Ages 3-12yrs
For more information: 413-256-8989; www.commonschool.org.

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.

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The Maple Hill Play Garden

Indoor & Outdoor Program. Adaptable.

Daycare; Early Childhood Education Program ♦ Ages 15mo-3yrs
For more information: NourishingChildhood@gmail.com; www.maplehillplaygarden.com.

Amherst, MA ♦ The Maple Hill Play Garden offers a small, inclusive early childhood program focusing on equity and abundant time outdoors that nourishes the joy and wonder of a simple childhood. Amanda Lugo, M.A.Ed., provides a warm, nurturing environment where play is the heart of the child’s morning. Teachers work to hold space for children whom our society currently, historically, and systematically oppresses. Backing the Larch Hill Conservation lands, The Maple Hill Play Garden’s outdoor playscape provides children with ample opportunities for exploration into the magical nooks and crannies of the natural world. The program cultivates a gentle and consistent daily rhythm that helps to ground children in themselves and a sense of place. Hot, nourishing, organic meals and snacks are provided.


Spring Street Preschool

Indoor & Outdoor Program. Adaptable.

Preschool ♦ Ages 2.9-5yrs
For more information: springstreetpreschool@gmail.com; 413-256-8442; www.springstreetpreschool.com.

Amherst, MA ♦ 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. They are 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.

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New Hingham Regional Elementary School

Indoor Program

Preschool, Early Childhood Education Program ♦ Ages 3-5yrs
For more information: jmcmillan@hr-k12.org; 413-296-0000; www.newhingham.org.

Chesterfield, MA ♦ The mission of New Hingham’s PreK program is to develop successful learners through positive relationships with students, high-quality instruction in a student-centered, integrated learning environment, and strong partnerships with families. In its picturesque rural setting, New Hingham is proud to offer a tuition-free program with highly-qualified and experienced teachers, full-time or part-time availability, small class sizes, special education services, play-based experiences, developmentally appropriate materials, and additional classes in art, physical education, and technology. Interested families can submit an application on the school website. All applications will be reviewed in March, and decisions will be mailed in April.

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Davenport Child Care Center

Indoor / Outdoor Program

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

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.

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Cloverdale Preschool

Outdoors. Indoors.

Preschool ♦ Ages 2.9-5yrs
For more information: cloverdale2@verizon.net; 413-586-1106; www.cloverdalepreschool.com.

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. Four 2-week summer sessions available. 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.

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Nonotuck Community School

Daycare. Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program

Preschool ♦ Ages 15mo-5yrs
For more information: info@nonotuck.org; 413-586-5996; www.nonotuck.org.

Florence, MA ♦ Nonotuck Community School is accepting applications for 2022-23. Nonotuck has served the greater Northampton area for 40+ years. Their school includes five classrooms, art studio, large & sunny indoor play space, and two large & natural outdoor play spaces, including climbing equipment & garden areas. Their curriculum is play-based & inspired by progressive early childhood education theory. Children have ample time for free-play, exercise, & outdoor time. Teachers create small group activities that emphasize arts, science & creativity. They have daily large-group circle time for stories, discussion & music. Nonotuck is a parent cooperative, licensed child care center. Teachers meet & surpass state requirements for early childhood educators.

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Northampton Preschool Partnership & Early Childhood Center

Adaptable

Daycare. Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. ♦ Ages 0-5yrs
For more information: 413-587-1471; earlychildhood@northampton-k12.us; www.northamptonfamilies.com

Florence, MA ♦ Announcing the Northampton Preschool Partnership! Northampton public and community-based preschools are now connected through a Preschool Partnership. Banded together, this partnership can offer increased access to quality preschool programs. They do this with reduced fee placements, Itinerant Special Education Services, family engagement events, professional development, and coaching for educators. The Early Childhood Center at Northampton Public Schools is the best place to start learning more about their equitable, inclusive, and quality childcare options. The Center’s website has information on the Parent Child+ home visiting program, the Northampton Parents Center, a free Ages & Stages screening tool, and a link to sign up for e-newsletters.

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The Center School

Outdoor Program. Adaptable.

Early Childhood Education Program & Preschool ♦ Ages 2-14yrs
For more information: admissions@centerschool.net; 413-773-1700; www.centerschool.net.

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. 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 emerging academic and social capability..

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Y Academy on Main

Indoor Program.

Preschool ♦ Ages 2.9-5yrs
For more information: lporter@your-y.org; 413-773-3646; www.your-y.org.

Greenfield, MA ♦ The Y Academy on Main offers a well-rounded educational, social, creative, and physical program for preschoolers. Your Y offers a full-day preschool with early and late care options to meet the needs of working families in your community. They strive to provide activities and snacks that encourage a whole health approach at a young age. Your child will participate in a wide range of activities, including swimming, gymnastics, pre-academic skills, arts & crafts, music & movement, cooking, dramatic play, and physical education. YMCA staff will help your child be prepared for kindergarten. Schedule a tour with them today!

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Giving Tree School

Outdoor Program.

Preschool ♦ Ages 2.9-5
For more information: givingtreeschool.org, admin@givingtreeschool.org, or call 413-863-9218.

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 their 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..

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Y Academy at the Bolger Center for Early Childhood Education

Indoor Program, Outdoor Program

Daycare + Preschool ♦ Ages 3mo-5yrs
For more information: ckennedy@your-y.org; 413-498-3393; www.your-y.org.

Gill, MA ♦ The Y Academy at the Bolger Center offers a well-rounded educational, social, creative, and physical program for infants through preschool. Your Y offers a full-day educational experience that meets the needs of working families in our community while offering early, late care, and snow day options. Educators strive to provide activities and snacks that encourage a whole health approach at a young age. Your child will participate in a wide range of activities that include pre-academic skills, arts & crafts, music & movement, outdoor & dramatic play, and physical education. YMCA staff will help prepare your child for all the necessary milestones through kindergarten. Schedule a tour with them today!

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The Hartsbrook School

Outdoor Program

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. Beautiful outdoor classrooms, 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. PreK thru high school. Begin your exploration with an individual Zoom meeting. Call 413-586-1908 x116 to schedule your appointment and imagine the potential for your child.
Preschool ♦ Ages 2.9-6yrs
For more information: admissions@hartsbrook.org; 413-586-1908; www.hartsbrook.org.

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Zephyr Behavioral Healthcare

Indoor Program

Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. ♦ Ages 2-6yrs
For more information: 413-247-6364; info@zephyrbehavioral.org; www.zephyrbehavioral.org

Hatfield, MA ♦ Zephyr Behavioral Healthcare provides Center-Based ABA services to children with autism, ages 2-6. First and foremost, they want their clients to love learning. They challenge the stereotype of monotonous and repetitive behavior therapy by centering their services around play. They weave together data-driven results with a nurturing, fun-loving environment to create a balanced intervention. Their program simulates a preschool environment, with individualized and group instruction throughout the day. With 1:1 support and supervision, they identify the key skills that will prepare their clients to succeed in other environments later in life. They then break down these skills, teach smaller goals, build a strong foundation, and fill their clients’ toolboxes for the future.

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Northampton Preschool Partnership & Early Childhood Center

Adaptable

Daycare. Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. ♦ Ages 0-5yrs
For more information: 413-587-1471; earlychildhood@northampton-k12.us; www.northamptonfamilies.com

Leeds, MA ♦ Announcing the Northampton Preschool Partnership! Northampton public and community-based preschools are now connected through a Preschool Partnership. Banded together, this partnership can offer increased access to quality preschool programs. They do this with reduced fee placements, Itinerant Special Education Services, family engagement events, professional development, and coaching for educators. The Early Childhood Center at Northampton Public Schools is the best place to start learning more about their equitable, inclusive, and quality childcare options. The Center’s website has information on the Parent Child+ home visiting program, the Northampton Parents Center, a free Ages & Stages screening tool, and a link to sign up for e-newsletters.

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The Montessori School of the Berkshires

Indoor Program

Lenox Dale, MA ♦ Montessori School of the Berkshires (MSB) 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 develop focus and motivation, and embraces collaboration and cooperation. Engaging materials, designed for 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 7:30am-3pm; extended coverage until 5:15 pm.
Daycare & Preschool ♦ Ages 15mo-8th grade
For more information: info@berkshiremontessori.org; 413-637-3662; www.berkshiremontessori.org.

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Community Action’s Head Start & Early Learning Programs

Indoor Program. Adaptable.

Daycare. Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. ♦ Ages 6wks-5yrs
For more information: 413-387-1250; www.communityaction.us.

Multiple Towns, MA ♦ Community 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, 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. All services are provided at either low or no cost to eligible children and families.

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Clarke’s Inclusion Preschool Program

Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. ♦ Ages 3-8yrs
For more information: 413-582-1144 (Voice/TTY); mhartblay@clarkeschools.org;
clarkeschools.org/northampton.

Northampton, MA ♦ Clarke offers a high-quality, affordable preschool for both children with typical hearing and children with hearing loss. In their 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. 

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Northampton Preschool Partnership & Early Childhood Center

Adaptable

Daycare. Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. ♦ Ages 0-5yrs
For more information: 413-587-1471; earlychildhood@northampton-k12.us; www.northamptonfamilies.com

Northampton, MA ♦ Announcing the Northampton Preschool Partnership! Northampton public and community-based preschools are now connected through a Preschool Partnership. Banded together, this partnership can offer increased access to quality preschool programs. They do this with reduced fee placements, Itinerant Special Education Services, family engagement events, professional development, and coaching for educators. The Early Childhood Center at Northampton Public Schools is the best place to start learning more about their equitable, inclusive, and quality childcare options. The Center’s website has information on the Parent Child+ home visiting program, the Northampton Parents Center, a free Ages & Stages screening tool, and a link to sign up for e-newsletters.

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Wild Garden of Childhood

Indoor Program. Outdoor Program.

Early Childhood Education Program ♦ Ages: Birth-2.9yrs
For more information: 413-231-4454; wildgardenofchildhood.com; wildgardenofchildhood@gmail.com

Northampton, MA ♦ Wild Garden of Childhood (formerly Little Schoolhouse) is enrolling infants and toddlers. Wild Garden of Childhood curates a beautiful early education experience for infants and toddlers up to preschool age. By surrounding your babies with love and laughter, outdoor time, and uninhibited play, their days at Wild Garden will be blissful. Wild Garden is happy to help you make the right choice for your child’s earliest education experience. Contact Wild Garden for a chat or enrollment information. Wild Garden of Childhood, LLC is fully licensed through the Massachusetts Department of Education and Care.

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Valley Play School

Indoor Program

Daycare. Preschool. ♦ Ages 8mo-6yrs
For more information: ahawk@girlsclubofgreenfield.org; 413-625-2406; www.girlsclubofgreenfield.org.

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.

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Small World Preschool

In-Person/Indoors

Daycare & Preschool ♦ Ages 2.9-5yrs
For more information: 413-665-4501; hollyp33@hotmail.com, lwinter5@yahoo.com; www.facebook.com/Small-World-Preschool-128932650583464

South Deerfield, MA ♦ Small 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. They are open 7:30am-5pm, Monday through Friday. Children are offered a supportive environment to express themselves creatively and expand their awareness of the world around them. Children develop decision-making abilities, self-sufficiency, independence, and problem-solving skills through praise, encouragement, support, and positive reinforcement. Small World was the first private preschool in the Union #38 school district to become nationally accredited. 

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

In-Person/Indoors

Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. ♦ Ages 2.9-5yrs
For more information: prelude@communitymusicschool.com; 413-750-9560; communitymusicschool.com/prelude.

Springfield, MA ♦ Prelude Preschool of the Arts offers five-day arts-integrated learning and play for children ages 2.9-5 years. Full-day and half-day programming feature specialized classes taught by expert musicians and artists in early childhood music, dance, yoga, Suzuki violin, bucket drumming, and visual art. Flexible before and aftercare is available to meet your family’s scheduling needs, and arts-centered family nights facilitate connection and collaboration among students, families, and teachers. Prelude’s classrooms have been renovated and refreshed for optimal learning and fun, and they invite prospective families to take a tour!

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Red Bird Preschool

Indoor Program, Outdoor Program

Preschool. ♦ Ages 2.9-5yrs
For more information: redbirdpreschool@gmail.com; 413-658-4616; redbirdpreschool.com

Shutesbury, MA ♦ Red 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. Red Bird Preschool’s philosophy is that learning is natural and fun. They believe in hands-on learning, where each child is valued as a unique learner. 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.

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Oak Meadow

Preschool, Early Childhood Education Program. ♦ Ages 3-5yrs
For more information: info@oakmeadow.com; 802-251-7250; www.oakmeadowbookstore.com

Virtual/Home-Based ♦ This full-year preschool program is a play-based curriculum designed to be used at home. Stories for each month are combined with songs, poems, games, recipes, and activities that relate to the season or the story’s theme. The activities in this course inspire an understanding of others’ feelings, provide an opportunity for creative problem solving, and teach young children how to share responsibilities and develop cognitive skills. Throughout the course, there is an expression of loving kindness and appreciation for each individual’s unique gifts, which will help children build their confidence and self-esteem. Various parent topics supplement the course, guiding those working with young children. Topics include developing a rhythm with preschoolers, telling stories, working with arts and crafts, transitioning between activities, exploring nature, and setting up a play space.

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