Early Learning Center

  • Tel. 413-774-6626
  • Office 488 Greenfield Rd, Deerfield, MA 01342
  • Mon Extended Day hours available, email for more info
  • Tues Extended Day hours available, email for more info
  • Wed Extended Day hours available, email for more info
  • Thur Extended Day hours available, email for more info
  • Fri Extended Day hours available, email for more info

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.

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.

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.

Hours of operation are from 8:00am-4:00pm Monday through Friday during the academic year (early drop off at 7:30am and late day till 4:30pm are available for an extra charge).

The Early Learning Center is also open for 8 weeks during the summer.  Summer hours are 8am-4pm with no early or late hours.

Please read our Parent's Handbook.

We are now accepting for the 2020-21 school year. Even as we prepare for a normal start to the school year, we also recognize that the COVID-19 landscape changes rapidly, and we are planning for various contingencies. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility regarding any modifications we may need to make in the weeks ahead.

Registration-Academic Year 2020-2021