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The Teddy Bear Club

1466 Commonwealth Avenue
West Newton, MA 02465

(617) 332-1611


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The primary goal of The Teddy Bear Club is to foster the development of positive self-esteem by instilling confidence in all of our students. We encourage children to develop a strong sense of pride in their achievements and experience the joy of learning and the wonder of discovery. Our programs focus on the development of the whole child by enhancing the child's cognitive, physical, social and emotional skills. Children explore their world through active play, use of manipulatives, strong academic programming and nurturing guidance. They participate in well-organized, structured, bilingual learning experiences designed to stimulate and promote curiosity, imagination and independence.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

From the Director:

Bonjour! I started The Teddy Bear Club in 1993 because I saw a need to combine the best elements of American preschool programs with some of the wonderful aspects of the French education I received growing up in Paris. My experience as a young student in France differed greatly from my own son’s early childhood experience here in the United States. I highly value the focus American preschools place on the development of social skills, creativity and self-confidence. These social development-oriented goals should absolutely form the foundation for a child’s first school experience. However, I also saw an opportunity to further emphasize the more academically focused approach that typifies European education. The Teddy Bear Club was born out of this desire to layer a well-rounded academic curriculum over a socially focused preschool experience. Our program’s primary aim is to instill confidence and self-esteem in our students while building a solid foundation for their future academic success in primary school and beyond. I also believe it is essential to introduce foreign languages to children while they are still at an age when language acquisition occurs completely naturally. I raised my son bilingually and yet I never cease to be amazed by how quickly and effortlessly young children are able to learn another language. There are simply so many long-term benefits to introducing preschoolers to a foreign language. Finally, I genuinely feel that young children deserve to spend their first few years of school in an inviting and cheerful environment filled with fresh air and natural sunlight, surrounded by loving and caring teachers. I hope you will agree that we have created a highly nurturing environment that enables our students to blossom and grow while developing a lifelong love of learning! A bientôt, Laura d’Angosse Perlman Director

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The primary goal of The Teddy Bear Club is to foster the development of a positive self-image and to instill confidence in all of our students through the joy of learning and socializing. Our programs focus on developing physical, emotional, social and cognitive skills through a well-organized, structured, bilingual curriculum designed to stimulate the children's own creativity, imagination and independence. The development of each child's self-esteem and sense of responsibility is our principal objective. The Teddy Bear Club understands that children naturally desire to learn and explore at a very young age. We strive to enhance this curiosity while encouraging the children to develop a strong sense of pride and achievement."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

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