Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Programs

Large Indoor/Outdoor Spaces, Nutritional Snacks, Successful Inclusion Program,

Flexible Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, Open Enrollment Year Round, Full- or Part-Time Care

Infant/Toddler Room

Choice of large and small-motor activities, including climbing and jumping; playing with playdough, puzzles and other manipulative toys; sand table and water play; painting and other art activities.

Books, dramatic play, blocks, water, sand, art activities, indoor riding toys, large-motor equipment, rhythm instruments, manipulative toys. Teacher-led circle time: More structured group experience focusing on songs, stories, dancing, music, simple games. Toileting. Outside time: In play yards for swings, slides, exploration, and riding circle for wagons and riding toys.

Preschool Room

 Child-directed play in activity areas for fine and gross-motor development, art expression, dramatic play. Focus on pursuit of children's individual interests and abilities and on practicing interpersonal skills.

Large outdoor play areas for running, digging, swinging, climbing, sliding, balancing, exploring, gardening; and riding circle for wagons and riding toys. Toileting.

Songs, stories, movement, and circle games

Your Child's Day

7:30 - 8:30 AM Early care combined with infants/toddlers

7:30 - 10:30 AM Morning arrival / Free play:  Morning snack.


9:50 AM - 12:00 PM Clean-up of activity areas. Outside play in play yards 

12:00 - 12:15 PM Large-group meeting: Songs, stories, movement, and circle games while children wash hands for lunch.

12:15 - 1:30 PM Lunch/Free play, indoors or outdoors; toileting. Story time.

1:00 - 1:15 PM Arrival for half day children

1:30 - 3:30 PM Nap/Rest/Quiet Activities. Nappers up between 2:30 and 3:00; resters given quiet choice of coloring or reading at 2:00, up at 2:30 for quiet free play at tables/book area; toileting. Teacher-facilitated activites in art, science, alphabet, numbers, music, nature activities, and community building activities.

3:30 - 4:30 PM Afternoon Snack/Teacher led activities / Story time.

4:30 - 5:30 PM Free play/Combined group pick-up. Indoors or outdoors (weather permitting), with Infants & Toddlers.


7:30 - 8:30 AM Early care with preschoolers

7:30 - 9:00 AM Morning Arrival / Free play: 


9:00 - 9:30 AM Morning Snack


9:30 - 11:30 AM Free play, Outside play in yards 


11:30  AM - 12 PM Lunch. Free play, toileting, story time.


12:15 - 12:30 PM Arrival for half day children


12:30 - 3:30 PM Nap/Rest/Quiet Activities. Nappers up between 2:30 and 3:00; resters to table for drawing, painting, or explore books at 2:15; toileting. Free play, indoors or outdoors.

3:30 - 4:30 PM Afternoon snack / teacher led activities / story time

4:30 - 5:30 PM Free play/Combined group pick-up. Indoors or outdoors, with preschoolers.

The day care is open from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm Monday through Friday on a year-round basis. There are fourteen holiday closures per year: Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving (2 days), Winter Holiday (3 days), New Year's, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Patriots' Day, and Memorial Day.

The Center is open throughout the winter months barring a local snow emergency situation. If the Center will be closed due to weather conditions or any other emergency, a message will be posted on Facebook and a group email will be sent to current members by 6:30 AM. Likewise, in order for us to determine staff needs when there might be a lot of absences, we ask that you notify the Center by 9:00 am if a child will not be attending school that day.

Annual Closings
Our Principals

Children will learn at their own pace and in their own way when given the opportunity and freedom to do so. Caring and resourceful adults - men and women, parents and teachers - need to work together to nourish children's developing image of themselves as strong, compassionate people.

Our program is licensed by the Mass Department of Early Education & Care and accredited by the NAEYC.

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59 Long Plain Road (Rte 63)

Leverett, MA 01054

(413) 548-9674

Mailing Address:

PO BOX 9617 

N. Amherst, MA


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