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Early Childhood Center

Northampton Public Schools Early Childhood Information

The Early Childhood Center is located in Room 102 (1st Floor, at the back of the building) 212 Main Street. The mission of the center is to support the families and young children of Northampton. Please call us at 413-587-1471 or email earlychildhood@northampton-k12.us with any questions – We are here for you and your children!

Integrated Preschool

The Northampton Public Schools Preschool offers a half day (morning or afternoon) integrated preschool program for 3- and 4-year old children who live in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds. There are limited 4- and 5-day full day spaces, chosen by lottery. Click here for our 2021-2022 Preschool Overview.

Basics:  The Early Childhood Program follows the Northampton Public School calendar.

  • 4-day 1/2 day program either am or pm:  2.5 hours/day
  • 4-day full day program (4 year old only):  6 hours/day
  • 5-day full day program (3 & 4 year olds):  6 hours/day

We have preschool programs at both Bridge Street School and Leeds Elementary School. The program includes children who are typically developing as well as those with special needs. The Northampton integrated preschool setting allows all children to participate to their fullest capacities in the mainstream of education. Special support services are provided within the classroom as needed.

Students whose street addresses place them at either Bridge Street School or Jackson Street School for K-5 attend the BSS preschool program; students whose street addresses place them at either Leeds Elementary School or RK Finn Ryan Road Elementary School for K-5 attend the Leeds preschool program.

Please email us at earlychildhood@northampton-k12.us with any questions and to find out how to apply. You can download our Preschool Application below.

1. For a preschool application, please email earlychildhood@northampton-k12.us  or click on the link below. 

If our program is full, children are placed on a waitlist based on when we receive the application.

2. Area Preschool Options

There are many wonderful preschool options in Northampton, with excellent long-standing daycare and preschool programs. For a list, including pointers to home daycares and how to apply for daycare vouchers, please click here to download Preschool Options (English) or Opciones Preescolar (Espanol).

Our Preschool Partnership Coordinator Laura Frogameni is well-connected with these programs and has grant funds to support local families with a limited number of subsidized placements in our partnered community preschools. Please contact her by emailing lfrogameni@northampton-k12.us.

3. Our NPS Kindergarten Program

Please click this link for details about our Kindergarten Program and registration process.  If you have a child to register for kindergarten please call Jennifer Towler at 413-587-1328 or email her at jtowler@northampton-k12.us.

4. MORNING PLAYGROUPS — IN-PERSON!

5. Northampton/Hadley Family Connection (CFCE)

The Northampton/Hadley Family Connection (located at the Northampton Early Childhood Center) supports services and activities for young children and families throughout the city and our wider community. This program directly funds and staffs groups and activities on this page— the ParentChild+ program, the Northampton Parents Center, and the Hadley Family Playgroup — as well as organizes Parent Cafes, informational workshops, and the Week of the Young Child celebration in April. We support transitions to kindergarten. During the school year, we also provide parent workshops on a variety of topics. Parent Workshop Topics have included: Routines, Transitions, Sleep, Behavior Management Strategies, and Eating. We are funded by a CFCE (Coordinated Family and Community Engagement) grant from the Massachusetts Dept. of Early Education and Care.

For more information, please check out our website at northamptonfamilies.com, or email our CFCE Coordinator Ashley Miller at asmiller@northampton-k12.us.  To sign up for our mail letters, please email earlychildhood@northampton-k12.us or fill out this form and email it to us.

6. ParentChild+ Home Visiting Program (PC+)

A home-based literacy, school readiness, and parenting program for Northampton and Hadley parents and their toddlers and preschoolers, which promotes learning and language development through the use of books and toys. ParentChild+ emphasizes verbal interaction and learning through play. Home Visitors help you to realize your role as your child’s first and most important teacher. They generate excitement about learning at home through toys, books, and play.

Did you know:

  • you are your child’s first and most important teacher
  • your home is your child’s first classroom
  • your child learns best through play
  • the more you read, speak, or sing to your child the better he or she will do in school

For more information, contact Mandy Gerry by emailing her at mgerry@northampton-k12.us .

7. Screenings for Child Development

Are you concerned about your child’s development? Northampton offers monthly developmental screenings for children 3-5 years old. Please contact Sara Allium, Preschool Evaluation Team Liaison, to set up an appointment by emailing sallium@northampton-k12.us.

8. Join our Mailchimp Mailing List!

We send out regular emails alerting you to fun events and parenting support in the area for families with small children.  If you would like to join our email list, or have an event you’d like local families to know about, please send us an email at earlychildhood@northampton-k12.us, or click here to fill out the form in English or en Espanol and either mail or email that to us.


USUAL OFFERINGS ALTERED, ON HOLD, OR TBD DURING COVID: 

1. Northampton Parents Center — For Fall 2021, playgroups will be outside starting September 13 — check their FB page (above) for specifics.

Formerly Monday – Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. during the school year, at 297 Main Street – Lower Level, Northampton, MA 01060