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Pine Manor College Child Study Center

400 Heath Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

(617) 731-7039


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Pine Manor College Child Study Center is a high-quality preschool for children ages 2 yrs. 9 months to 5. Located on the beautiful grounds of Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA, the accredited program offers flexible schedules, a comprehensive curriculum, and an expansive playground for lots of outdoor play time.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our approach to teaching is based on the National Association for the Education of Young Children's teaching standards. There is some teacher-led instruction at circle time, but the activities through out the day are presented in a developmentally appropriate manner and children are encouraged to learn and explore at their own pace.

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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
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
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
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
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Teachers guide the process of learning and interact with the children to enhance the learning process. The children are given a wide range of activities and may choose curriculum that is interesting to them. Some parts of the day are more structured than others, for instance circle time is more teacher-directed and children's listening skills are the focus of development.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The Pine Manor College Child Study Center is a preschool for children ages two years nine months up to Kindergarten age. The program's purpose is to provide a high quality education for preschoolers and to offer a unique laboratory learning experience for Pine Manor College students. We work with children of varying abilities and embrace their strengths, diversity, and different learning styles.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The CSC's philosophy is developmentally based and equally focuses on all aspects of a child's development: physical, social, emotional and cognitive. The program embraces the National Association for the Education of Young Children's concept of developmentally appropriate practice which strives for optimum development of the child, but does not hurry children through any of the sequential developmental stages. Curriculum is planned using a combination of teacher-selected topics and topics that are identified by observing the children's interests and building curriculum from those interests. Teachers plan daily activities that support the children's explorations of topics and support them in their learning through play. They carry out curriculum and developmental goals by facilitating play, acting as resources to the children and through helping children to construct knowledge through play. Specific skills are developed as children work in the various learning centers that are located throughout the classrooms.

A Typical Day

Morning Free Play-playdough, water table, blocks, dramatic play, writing and art
Circle Time with music and stories
Curriculum Theme Related Activity
Playground Fun
A walk to the duck pond on campus
Lunch and rest
More free play, activities, outdoor time, and reading.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We communicate daily with families at the beginning and end of each day, through emails, notes, and classroom reports. We also have many opportunities for families to become involved at the Child Study Center with fieldtrips, a pot luck dinner, snack volunteer, classroom parties, and chaperoning special events such as a costume parade.

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
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Every child is different and we take our cues from the children. We might suggest that a parent stay a little longer or we may recognize when the child is ready to say goodbye and encourage the adult to leave at that time.