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



Amherst Montessori School

Adaptable

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

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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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Forest Folk

Outdoor Program

Early Childhood Education Program ♦ Ages 3-6yrs
For more information: 413-992-8951; www.forestfolkschool.com.

Amherst, MA ♦ Forest Folk believes that children grow, learn, and thrive when immersed in nature. Their outdoor early childhood program focuses on nurturing warm relationships, child-led play, exploration, and authentic inquiry. Their half-day sessions follow a predictable flow, so children know what to expect from their time at Forest Folk. Each session will begin with a Morning Gathering to greet the day and one another. This is followed by child-led forest play, a hot snack provided by Forest Folk, a group nature-inquiry walk or project-based learning time, and a final Closing Circle. Children between the ages of 3-6 years old may enroll in any Forest Folk group. Each group will meet from 9am-1pm.

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The Maple Hill Play Garden

Indoor & Outdoor Program. Adaptable.

Daycare; Early Childhood Education Program ♦ Ages 15mo-3.5+yrs
For more information: NourishingChildhood@gmail.com; 978-500-3070; www.maplehillplaygarden.com.

Amherst, MA ♦ The Maple Hill Play Garden offers an inclusive early childhood program – with abundant time outdoors – that nurtures the joy and wonder of a simple childhood. Amanda Lugo, M.A.Ed., provides a warm, nourishing environment in which play is the heart of the child’s morning. Backing the Larch Hill Conservation lands, The Maple Hill Play Garden’s outdoor space provides children with ample opportunities to explore the magical nooks and crannies of the natural world as they play. The program cultivates a gentle and consistent daily rhythm that helps ground children in 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 ♦ Now enrolling for Fall 2021! 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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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

Inquire

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. 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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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 18mo-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. 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.

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YMCA in Greenfield Preschool

Indoor & Outdoor Program

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

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.

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The Hartsbrook School

Outdoor Program

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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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

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.

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 (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.

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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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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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Playful Minds Learning Center

Logo for Playful Minds Learning Center
Virtual, Indoor, & Outdoor Program. Adaptable.

Daycare. Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. ♦ Ages 4weeks-14yrs
For more information: Delmari@playfulmindslc.com; 413-534-5674; www.playfulmindslc.com.

South Hadley, MA ♦ Playful Minds Learning Center’s philosophy is to gently foster and guide children’s love of learning while supporting them developmentally in all areas. Through a nurturing, structured, and creative environment, Playful Minds Learning Center provides an early foundation for developing the positive skills and confidence children will need for life.

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

Virtual

Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. ♦ Ages 2-6yrs
For more information: prelude@communitymusicschool.com; 413-750-9560; communitymusicschool.com/prelude.

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, whether you’re keeping your little one at home all day or you’d like to infuse 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 with easy-to-access materials and optional family nights. Prorated tuition for a Dec 7 start – join us this winter!

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Berkshire Country Day School

Indoor & Outdoor Program. Adaptable.

Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. ♦ Ages 2-13yrs
For more information: info@berkshirecountryday.org; 413-637-0755; www.berkshirecountryday.org.

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.

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Hilltown Families is committed to the economic development of our region, and by offering this preschool & daycare directory, local schools and businesses 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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