The Children's Center of Brookline is the oldest parent cooperative in Brookline.
We provide high quality early childhood education for toddlers and preschoolers ages 15 months to 5 years of age. Learning and growth are fostered through the use of exploration and creative play experiences. By combining free play with developmentally appropriate teacher-directed activities, we provide a warm and inviting learning environment for all.
In 1970, a group of working parents under the auspices of the National Organization for Women founded The Children’s Center of Brookline. Their goal was to create a high quality child care center based upon a cooperative structure in which parents, staff, and volunteers would jointly manage the center.
We believe children’s social skills and cultural awareness thrive when in an environment that reflects diversity. Developing a respect and appreciation for the similarities and differences among people is part of the daily life of the children. The center actively welcomes families, teachers, support staff, and volunteers from a variety of cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds. Because of the variety of teaching and learning styles provided here, children also develop an appreciation for those aspects of our individuality or shared aspects of personal expression.
All parents are members of the corporation - the governing body of the Center. In this role, parents are responsible for electing the corporation's Board of Directors. The Board consists of parents, staff and, at times, community members. Parents may volunteer to sit on the Board, and officers of the Board are elected at each annual meeting in October. The Board meets once a month with the Director to oversee the fiscal management and policy making of the Center. All parents and staff, even those who have not been officially elected to the Board, are encouraged and welcome to attend meetings of the Board and participate in discussions.