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Amherst Early Education Center - Crocker Farm School

280 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 362-1610


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Young children in an integrated setting learn from the staff and from each other. They learn developmental skills (cognitive, social/emotional, communication, small and large motor skills) as well as the acceptance of other people and themselves as unique individuals. Integrated early childhood programs enable all children to participate to their fullest capacities in the mainstream of education. Special support services are provided in the classroom in a relevant and functional manner.
The classes are structured to further the total development of each child. For the child with special challenges this may mean offering special assistance and structure in some areas. The children without special needs also receive teacher attention appropriate to their own level of development. Parents remark that all children grow with the experience of sharing, learning with, and understanding children with different areas of strengths and needs. Frequently children without special needs have opportunities to help others and take pride in their friend's progress and at times the curriculum offers opportunities for the child with special needs to teach others a new game or activity. The curriculum is developmental and the children learn through interactions with both staff and peers.
We also believe that parents are a vital part of the child's development and education. We welcome and encourage parent participation either directly or indirectly in the classroom. "
Excerpted from the preschool's website