The Center School




Welcome to the new preschool program of the Center School! For years, we have been preparing for this moment, where we take the Center School’s core values of progressive, socially conscious education and extend them to children in those deliciously absorbent, formative years. We know there are many choices of preschools in the area and we are honored that you are considering the Center School.

Our dream preschool is one that takes both children and play seriously. We see play as the basis for social and intellectual development. To that end:

  • We value nature, art, science, numbers, movement, music, literature and humor.
  • We provide opportunities for children to explore deeply and to adventure both outdoors and in.
  • We aspire to provide a warm, caring, nurturing and creative environment for each individual child.
  • We also model taking care of each other as the first step in building the preschooler’s budding sense of community and compassion.

The program consists of two classrooms, with two full time teachers in each class, and a part time after care teacher. One classroom serves toddlers through four year olds and the other serves children aged three and a half to five years old.

Each class is comprised of Center School staff children, siblings of currently enrolled students, and children of the wider Pioneer Valley community.

Our Preschool model is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, which prioritizes the following key elements:

  • Children must have some control over the direction of their learning
  • Children must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, seeing, and hearing
  • Children have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world that they must be allowed to explore
  • Children must have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves

We offer rolling admission for our preschool program. Please call Amanda in the school office at 413-773-1700 ext. 1 for more information.

2017-2018 Enrollment Request Form