Owned and operated by Boston College, the Center offers parents the convenience of an onsite facility, the ability to visit their child during working hours, and the beauty and comfort of a neighborhood setting that's close enough to feel part of the University community.
The Center is licensed and operates within the requirements and jurisdictions of the Massachusetts Office of Early Education and Care. The Center is nationally accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
The Center's philosophy, teachers, and curriculum support a developmental and predominately play-based approach to learning, which is incorporated in the daily activities and schedules. The teachers utilize the MAEEC guidelines for preschool experiences and frameworks in developing the curriculum. The emphasis is on exploration and process, questioning, and discovering while learning about topics interesting to young children.
Activities are designed to foster the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth of young children by encouraging them to utilize their curiosity and to experience a variety of learning media. Classrooms are divided into learning center areas with developmentally appropriate activities available for a single child or small groups of children to enjoy. Areas such as blocks, painting and sculpture, dramatic play, music, language arts, and math challenge children to learn about themselves and the world around them.
Goals for Children
- Develop socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively
- Gain confidence and build self-esteem by practicing and developing self-help skills, becoming more independent, and being a valued member of a group
- Strengthen communication and cooperation skills
- Practice self-regulation skills and strategies while being guided in problem-solving and conflict resolution techniques
- Feel special, included, and accepted while their home culture and language is reflected in the classroom environment
- Participate in tasks that are open-ended, engaging, and meaningful, both indoors and outdoors
- Gain knowledge about themselves, others, and the world around them
- Have experiences that will challenge, inspire, and engage them while playing, learning, and interacting with others
- Develop skills that will help lay the foundation needed for future school success and support the development of a lifelong love of learning
Goals for Families
- Feel welcomed and respected in our program
- Feel encouraged to give input regarding their child’s growth and development
- Form a collaborative relationship with teachers
- Feel positively about their child’s education and care
The Center is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and follows the MAEEC regulations. If you have questions about the Center's license and compliance history, contact the MAEEC at its Quincy office:
1250 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169
All faculty listed are teacher qualified or above according to EEC qualifications.
All employees and regular volunteers of the Center must agree to a CORI and DSS check prior to employment or volunteering and then again every two years or as indicated by EEC. All adults, including parents of children working or volunteering for the Center, who may have unmonitored contact with children, must have a CORI and DSS record check.
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Closed the week before the Fall semester begins
Haley Carriage House
47 Stone Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467