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Sunnyside Child Care Center At Smith

70 Paradise Road
Northampton, MA 01063

(413) 585-2293


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our goal is to provide a homey environment which lends itself to the feeling of extended family. We believe that in order for children to feel safe, secure, and nurtured, both children and parents must establish close, personal relationships amongst themselves and with staff. In support of this, we maintain small group sizes and high teacher-child ratios. Our primary caregiver model also contributes to the development of those bonds.
We believe that fostering social-emotional development is the heart of developmentally appropriate early childhood education. To achieve that end, our curriculum focuses on building social skills, supporting a positive self-concept, and enhancing self-esteem.
We believe that the classroom teachers and environment should stimulate and encourage a great interest in learning. We understand that a well trained and dedicated staff provides the consistency and structure upon which a great program can be built. We value our teachers for providing that foundation and for spreading warmth and affection amongst all of the children in their care.
We fill our days with the joy and celebration that accompany exploration and discovery. We appreciate the excitement of meeting new challenges and the comfort found in familiar experiences.

Excerpted from the preschool's website