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Children's Center of Brookline

69 Cypress Street
Brookline, MA 02445

(617) 566-0190


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our program uses a play-based child centered approach where the learning is both child and teacher led. Classroom activities are guided by the children's interests, questions, and range of development. Literacy, numeracy, creativity, critical thinking and expressive skills, etc. are all integrated throughout the curriculum. The checkmark indications below should not give the impression these activities only occur in isolation of each other. Please go our website at for more information.

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
  • Literacy skills are integrated into all areas of learning, in addition to a Listening center, Writing center, journals, art center
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Math center and integrated into the daily life in the classroom
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • and integrated into the daily life of the explorations in the classroom
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • The process of inquiry, experimentation, making comparisons and decision making is integrated into the daily life of the classroom.
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • singing, dancing, listening to a wide range of genres of music
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • use of natural materials, study of artists and mediums
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
  • We enjoy our wrap around porch whether sunny or inclement weather.
Other subjects taught sign language

From the Director:

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Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We observe each child to gain an understanding of their individual profile, temperament, strengths, and areas for strengthening, along with maximizing responding to their areas of interests. We work closely with our in-house psychologist and families to meet the individual needs of children.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

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Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Teachers and parents begin establishing their partnership before the child enters the program. There are numerous forms of ongoing informal communication between home and school to share information, ask questions, share wonder-full stories and insights. Formal communication through conferences and progress reporting take place at intervals throughout the year. Teachers also display photos and documentation of children's activities, notes about the highlights of the day, and other means to help make the children's experiences and learning visible.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • 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
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year