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Child Focus Center

250 New Rutherford Avenue
Charlestown, MA 02129

(617) 241-5464


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our mission statement is "Providing quality early childhood education in an urban setting."

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our mission statement is "providing quality early childhood education in an urban setting."

A Typical Day

Breakfast; greeting children and families as they arrive; children's choice activities; circle (stories, sharing songs, introduction into the day's activities); snack; teacher facilitated groups; outdoor activity time; story; lunch; rest/quiet activities; snacks; outdoor play; pm project; small groups; dismissal.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Daily chats with teaching staff; classroom daily board; open classrooms (parents may visit at any time); conferences with parents; developmental checklists (quarterly); newsletters.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Our professional staff is well versed in this area. As each child is an inidivual, our techniques reflect the family and the child to the best of our ability. We are VERY flexible and work with families.