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Needham Children's Center

858 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA

Costimate: $418/wk

We offer a quality program for children and their families which recognizes the holistic development of young children. We promote their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth and provide a stimulating environment with positive, nurturing care and a developmentally appropriate curriculum. NCC provides a variety of experiences and activities designed to encourage children to learn about themselves, their friends, and their surroundings. These include small and large group experiences, quiet times, and active play, as well as indoor and outdoor activities in keeping with NAEYC criteria and the Massachusetts Core Competencies for early childhood education.

Needham Children's Center has a long history of quality care and a strong commitment to children and their families. We are celebrating our 35th year of excellence. We offer five separate programs: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten and Afterschool (grade K through 5 including transportation), and a Summer Program for children entering grades one through four. NCC is open 12 months a year Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
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Reviewed by Debra L 5/5 stars
I love NCC. Both my children have gone since they were toddlers. Most day cares in town are family run, so that is no surprise. My children absolutely love all the teachers. I would recommend it to anyone.
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St. Joseph Elementary School

90 Pickering Street, Needham, MA

Starting at $1050/mo

St. Joseph Elementary School fosters creativity, independence, and decision making to raise confident, creative, and compassionate kids. Purposeful play in preschool is a student's sense of learning. The preschool program focuses on the academic, social, physical, and emotional well-being of students to prepare them for robust learning in kindergarten.

Preschool uses the OWL (Opening the World of Learning) curriculum to promote early literacy skills and language proficiency in the context of research-based and field-tested content in ELA, science, and social studies. It is designed to develop oral language and early literacy skills for young students in a thematic, center-based classroom.

Building Blocks is the math curriculum used in preschool. Building Blocks weaves mathematical learning into preschool students' daily activities. These hands-on activities are implemented in small groups, morning meeting, whole group, and story time lessons to reinforce informal and formal math knowledge and concepts. The program exposes students to math concepts through asking them to make patterns, count and sort, add items, take items away, build math vocabulary, sequence, recognize numbers, and balance blocks to name a few.

At the preschool level, students' love of God develops through daily appreciation for the gifts and blessings in His world. Students will learn about the Holy Family, recite prayers (Our Father, Sign of the Cross, Hail Mary), and follow in God's teachings. With guidance, students will also practice mindful and reverent prayer with the intention of deepening their faith. God is always at the heart of everyday learning through social, emotional, and academic growth.

Typical Day

8:00- 8:15- Drop-off/ Table Choices & Center Choices

8:15-9:00 - Morning Meeting & Circle Time

9:00- 9:30 - Outdoor Play

9:30-9:45 - Snack Time

9:45-10:30- Center Exploration and Project-based Learning

10:30-11:00- Special (Spanish, art, music, gym, library, STREAM)

11:00-11:30- Outdoor Play

11:30- 12:00- Books, Songs, Wash hands for lunch

12:00- 12:30- Lunch Time

12:30-1:15- Quiet Time on Mat/ Books on Tape

1:15 - 2:00 - Center & Table Activities

2:00 - 2:30 - Afternoon Meeting & Circle time and Departure
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Kids Wonderland Academy

9 Tech Circle, Natick, MA

Costimate: $356/wk

You no longer have to choose between enriched curriculum of large daycare centers and the warmth of a family daycare environment. Privately owned and operated, with many years of experience in this industry, we are the best of two worlds.

Kids Wonderland Academy is committed to provide the highest quality of education and care. We are here for our community and your families. We create safe and stimulating environment for young children to grow and develop with other children and build important foundations for future skills. With the nurturing support and guidance of our teachers, staff and family members we will help our children to learn and be curious, to extend beyond borders, be self-aware, trust and believe in wonders!

Our goals are to provide safe and nurturing environment, appropriate open-ended play experiences to encourage the little ones to explore, and to maintain a close partnership with parents. Through an interdisciplinary curriculum and focusing on well-known appropriate practices we will build concepts, inspire, support and learn to respect each other.

We provide Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack as part of our tuition for Toddlers and older children. Should parents decide to provide their own food, we ask that it be brought in a lunch bag with an ice element and be NUT FREE.

Our school is conveniently located in Natick, MA, minutes away from Route 9 and 30, next to Wellesley, Wayland, and Weston, yet situated on a quiet, dead end street.

The facility features over 8,500 square feet of space, which includes an infant classroom, four toddler classrooms, two preschool classrooms and a pre-kindergarten classroom. Our childcare center has cleverly engineered imagination stations and carefully designed curriculum, which invites your child to play and learn. The building blocks of science, music, math, art and language are explored in a hands-on interactive environment. Our facility also includes a large playground, with safe options for all age groups, as well as our own indoor gym facility, to promote gross motor development in case of inclement weather.

We are open year-round, with limited State and Federal holidays.

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ECDC Nursery School

11 Washington Street, Sherborn, MA

Costimate: $287/wk

ECDC is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation. It is a nonsectarian organization open to all eligible children and families regardless of race, religion, cultural heritage, national origin, political beliefs, marital status, sexual orientation or disabilities. Toilet Training status is not an eligibility requirement. Its goals are to offer the highest quality early childhood education for children ages two years and nine months through five years and to offer parents information and support on early child development and education.

ECDC has always believed that each child should be treated as an individual and has the opportunity to develop at his or her own pace with our low teacher/child ratios. The classroom environment promotes our philosophy that children learn through play with many independent choices available through the day. We have many self-directed activities as well as large and small group activities. We believe that the process of learning is more important than the product. Children are encouraged and supported by our trained staff as they play and learn. Having our graduates well prepared for kindergarten is an important goal at ECDC.

Goals and Objectives
Our classes are child-centered with activities designed to meet each child's developmental needs. The goal of ECDC is to foster social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth in a nurturing and secure environment. Our program has three different cornerstones:

* Learn Through Play: We believe that all preschool children learn best through play. Each child is treated as an individual and has the opportunity to develop at his or her own pace. Our classroom environment reflects this philosophy with many independent choices available through the day. At ECDC, the process of learning is more important than the product.

* Parent Involvement: The most effective education results from a partnership between parents and teachers. For this reason, ECDC was established in 1977 in Sherborn as a parent cooperative. Parents spend time in the classroom interacting with their child and the teachers. The minimum time requirement is quite modest, between 4 and 7 times per year in the classroom as your child's "guest." There are additional opportunities for parents who are interested, and additional involvement is welcomed.

* Qualified and Committed Staff: Qualified, committed, caring and enthusiastic teachers are the cornerstone of an effective early education program.
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FAQs for finding preschools in Dover

What types of preschool can I find in Dover, MA?
There are two main types of preschool programs you can send your kids to in Dover, MA. The first is a full-time preschool program that usually works well for parents working full-time shifts. The second is a part-time preschool program where you can enroll your child for 2-3 days per week and typically choose between a morning or afternoon shift. A part-time preschool can be a great option if you want to ease the transition of this new learning experience for your child. You can also check your options in Dover, MA for traditional preschool centers, or private home-based preschools.
What should I look for in a good preschool program in Dover, MA?
When you begin looking for preschools in Dover, MA ask about the ratio of learning time to supervised play time so you can get a good sense of whether you believe your child's needs will be met. From there, ask about what a typical day consists of, what the safety protocols are and how discipline will be handled. Also, make sure to check directly with the preschool for information about their local licensing and credentials in Dover, MA.
How can I find a preschool near me?
There are currently 26 preschools in Dover, MA on and you can filter these local results by distance from your zip code. From there, you can compare between preschool programs by traditional facility-based preschools and private, in-home preschools. Be sure to check reviews from other families in Dover, MA who have previously sent their kids to any of the preschools you are interested in.