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Commonwealth Children's Center

1 Ashburton Place Room 105A
Boston, MA 02108

(617) 727-4802


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • books, books on tape, music, visual displays
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • baking, measuring, water table activites
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • board games and games played by teachers
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • music teacher and staff singing CD's songs
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • clay/ art studio
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • jump ropes obstacle courses
Other subjects taught We offer American sign Language to children and cooking with the children.

From the Director:

Chidren are encouraged to participate in a nurturing supportive setting. Teachers are available to facilitate activities and encourage participation. we do have a music teacher where all children participate together. However this is extremely interactive in nature.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We pride ourselves on an individualized curriculum tailored to meet each child's unique learning style. If necessary we will call in early intervention if the child is age appropriate and or additional supports from other resources.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

OVERVIEW The Commonwealth Children's Center is a private, nonprofit, non-affiliated, early childhood educational program that is open to the general public and gives priority of enrollment slots to state employees. CCC serves children ages 3 months to 6 years and their families. A parent-governed Board of Directors runs CCC. CCC offers infant, toddler, and preschool/kindergarten readiness programs. We believe in emergent curriculum, where activities are based on the children's interests. Our curriculum is designed to foster the continued development of each individual child's cognitive, physical, social and emotional growth through hands-on, active exploration, experimentation, and creative expression. Statement of Inclusion At CCC, we are dedicated to improving the lives of young children and their families. We strive to meet the needs of each diverse learner, adapting curriculum to meet each child at his/her own individual developmental level. We are committed to building a strong home/school partnership, as we encourage parents to be involved in their child's school life. We take pride in welcoming diversity and respecting the uniqueness of each child, family, and staff member, as they become part of the CCC community. Mission: The Commonwealth Children's Center has become a model for early childhood education. CCC thrives on its unique ability to attract families from economically and geographically diverse neighborhoods to the rich history of downtown Boston. Our teachers embrace this diversity by fostering each child's individuality, creativity and learning style in a nurturing environment with strong home-school communications. We demonstrate our commitment to public service and diversity by providing tuition on a sliding scale to state employees and welcoming voucher families to our Center. We ensure that at the Commonwealth Children's Center, the children are the center.

A Typical Day

Each classroom has it's own schedule depending on the age of the children. Infants are on their own schedule.A typical three year old mexed age room would have morning freeplay snack, group time putdoor time, project small group time lunch, rest, quiet activites, snack, movement and goodbye circle.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

each child has a communication notebook which is two way communication between parents and teachers

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

we work with each family on an indivdualized basis