The Early Learning Center is located on Route 5 & 10, a half mile south of Deerfield Academy. Our preschool classroom serves children 2 years 9 months to 5 years and the age range for our toddler program is from 15 months to 2 years 9 months. All teachers are certified by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and participate in ongoing professional development. There are two (2) co-teachers in each classroom, with a low teacher/child ratio.
Hours of operation are from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday during the academic year (early drop off at 7:30 am and late day till 4:30 pm are available for an extra charge).
The Early Learning Center is also open for 8 weeks during the summer. Summer hours are 8 am – 4 pm with no early or late hours.
The Early Learning Center provides quality early education and care to the families of Deerfield Academy, Eaglebrook School, and the community. We strive to provide a warm, safe, and nurturing environment that encourages independence and self-respect, as well as a sensitivity to, and an awareness of, others and the environment. We are committed to building relationships of mutual trust with both parents and their children. Recognizing the parents as the child’s first educator and our partner allows us as teachers to co-construct a comprehensive foundation of learning for all children.
Our curriculum connects the child to the world in which they live. We bring the child’s family, culture, community, and natural environment into the classroom and use it as starting point to engage children in math, science, language, literacy, motor function, and the arts. Lessons are purposefully planned to support executive functions and enhance the child’s working memory, mental flexibility, and self-control, allowing them to manage their thoughts, emotions, and behavior. We use scaffolding as a teaching strategy to assist the learner in developing a new skill or knowledge and promote engagement, motivation, critical thinking skills, and independence.
Enrollment priority is given to Deerfield Academy employees first, Eaglebrook School families second, and additional openings will be available to the children in the surrounding community.