Organizational Structure


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, faculty 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 September.  The Board meets with the Executive Director to oversee the fiscal management and policy making of the Center.  All parents and faculty, even those who have not been officially elected to the Board, are encouraged and welcome to attend community meetings and participate in discussions about TCC. 

The Executive Committee is a sub‑committee of the Board, usually including the President and Vice or Co-President, Treasurer,  Secretary and Executive Director.  The purpose of this committee is to advise the  Executive Director in matters that require confidentiality or that are best handled by a small group.

The Board of Directors is responsible for hiring and supervising the Executive Director.  The Executive Director is responsible for the daily operations of the center.


Our Program

The Children’s Center values our community of children, teachers, and families. We recognize and honor our important partnership in each other’s lives, working together to build a strong community and foundation in the children’s lives. We emphasize the development and language of friendships—helping each other, talking things out, and compassion. We believe that such an environment creates a sense of security for children, which allows them to develop more fully.


The Children’s Center is a play-based program, where our practices are drawn from current brain and child development research. Curriculum and instructional strategies are determined by the individual and collective interests and learning styles of the children. Activities are designed to encourage and promote successful relationships, the joy in learning and discovery, along with higher level thinking skills of inquiry, problem solving, organization, and creativity. The experiences in the program are integrated across all learning domains. For example, a child who is building a parking garage with blocks might also be using writing or drawing skills to make a sign for the elevator, or using problem solving to create a ramp for the cars. Art, music, and movement in integrated into the daily life of the child.  

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. Our teachers work in teams to support or focus on cooperation, sharing, and appreciation of others. We use mixed-age groups so that children can benefit from learning from each other and develop at their own individual pace.

Nature program

TCC extensive outdoor space allows children to explore and appreciate our natural world. Children have the opportunity experience the four distinct New England seasons. Enjoying and participating in water play in the summer, leaf exploration in the fall, as well as snow play in the winter, and gardening/harvesting vegetables and herbs in the spring and summer. The nature program is incorporated into our daily activities.

Most of all, we appreciate the warmth and homelike atmosphere of our corner of Cypress and Gorham Street where children are nurtured and guided in the strength of who he or she is and in the joys and opportunities to explore and appreciate each other and their world.



A $40.00 Non-refundable.  

Tuition Deposit:

A Tuition Deposit  is payable upon acceptance of a space in the program.  The Tuition Deposit is held throughout the period of time the child attends The Children's Center.  The Tuition Deposit is applied to the last month of service provided by The Children's Center to the child. Should a child not enroll after acceptance, or leave the program prior to the end of the contracted year, the Tuition Deposit is refundable only in accordance with the terms of contract.  The Tuition Deposit is equal to one month's tuition determined by the number of the child's schedule of days.

Fees are paid monthly by the first business day of the month.

The application form can be opened here .

Current Fee Schedule (2018-19)

Preschool  / Monthly Rate  / Annual Fee

5 days / $1,895 /  $22,728

4 days /  $1,675  /$20,100

 3 days / $1,325 / $15,900

2 days / $1010 / $12,120

Toddler  / Monthly Rate  / Annual Fee

5 days / $2,370 /  $28,440

4 days /  $2,095/ $25,140

 3 days / $1,645 / $19,740

2 days /  $1,255 / $15,060

Our Nutrition Policy


The Center provides a morning and afternoon snack to children enrolled in the center. We also offer organic whole milk at lunch.

The Center aims to provide nutritional snacks consistent with the USDA and American Public Health Association guidelines. Most of our snacks are organic, whole grain, and fresh fruits and vegetables. We are a "NUT SAFE" center.  Nuts are not permitted in the center.

We make all attempts to provide healthy choices for children and encourage families to do the same.

The links below are those that have guided the development of the center nutrition policy.

USDA dietary guideline for americans The USDA has recently published a comprehensive updated guideline which includes recommendations for both adults and children nutrition (note this is a large pdf file 2.9MB)

The Harvard School of Public Health provides an excellent nutrition source site with accessible nutrition information.

Choosemyplate is a resource provided by the USDA to enable you to generate a food plan for your own preschooler.