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Concord Children's Center (Main Street)

1300 Main Street
Concord, MA 01742

(978) 369-6790


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Concord Children's Center provides a child-focused setting, promotes the development of skills, and lends support to the family's function as the main source of security and identification for the young child. Self-esteem is vital to the development of confidence, curiosity about learning, independence and the formation of meaningful social ties. Each child comes to us with a unique learning style and with particular needs. It is our role to provide an environment conducive to the individual child's interests and developmental level.

With favorable student-teacher ratios, there are continuous opportunities for close guidance and interaction between the children and teachers, and for the children to learn by positive personal example. Children are better able to learn when they control their own work and play. The atmosphere of the Center encourages self-reliance and sharing with others, and opportunity for individual attention.

There is a balance each day of opportunities for active and quiet play, for child-initiated and teacher-directed activities, and for a variety of activities that motivate children to explore and learn. Structure in the program exists through predictable routines, consistent supervision, and with the Center's clear purpose underlying the total curriculum.

We believe that discipline should come from the child; that one of our major tasks as professionals is to help children develop the inner controls that will allow them to work cooperatively, creatively, and contentedly. We encourage children to express conflict and unhappiness verbally, so other children can be aware; and we encourage children to listen to the emotions expressed by their peers. In keeping with this philosophy we discourage toys from home which do not promote non-violent conflict resolution.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

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