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To provide high quality education and care for children 15 months to 5 years in an environment that promotes self-esteem, creative thinking and individuality through a respectful partnership between children, parents and staff.
Nonotuck Community School has been serving the greater Northampton area for over 30 years and has been in our current location for more than a decade. Our wonderful school building includes five well-appointed, spacious classrooms, an art studio, a large and sunny indoor play space and two very large and natural outdoor play spaces, including climbing equipment and garden areas. Our child care program serves children aged 15 months through 5 years (children leave us to attend kindergarten). We are open year-round, five days per week and offer flexible schedules of 3, 4, or 5 days. Our 'core' day is 8:30 - 3:30 and we have extended hours from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm.
Our curriculum is play-based and inspired by progressive early childhood education theory. Our children have ample time for free-play, exercise in our community room (including trikes, climbing apparatus, and even yoga instruction!), and outdoor time. Teachers create small group activities that emphasize the arts and creativity, and we have large-group circle time every day for stories, discussion, and music. We are a licensed child care center and our teachers meet and surpass state requirements for early childhood educators. We are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) which holds early childhood centers to a higher standard than the state.
As a parent cooperative, parents play an essential role at Nonotuck. We are a non-profit organization.