Early Learning Center

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.

Our Mission

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 and Learning Domains

The Early Learning Center balances child-directed (emerging from the children’s interests) and teacher-directed lessons that focus on the following learning domains: language and literary, cognition (including early math and science), social-emotional, fine and gross motor skills, self-help and adaptive development. Each learning station is rich with developmentally appropriate materials that invites children to explore and investigate independently. The low teacher-to-child ratio allows the teachers to work with children in small groups and support their individual needs.


A complete calendar of days when we are open for the 2021/22 school year can be found here.

We encourage families to use FACTS to pay for their ELC child care. FACTS provides flexible payment plan options to families. Families can budget their tuition, making child care more accessible and affordable. The process in simple, convenient, and secure.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Contact Early Learning Center


8:00 am to 4:00 pm M-F

State Rd S 5/10
Deerfield, MA 01342