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Children's Happy Day School

5 Charles Park Road
West Roxbury, MA 02132

(617) 325-0606


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Children's Happy Day School has been enriching the minds & nurturing the spirits of children from Boston and the neighboring communities of Newton, Brookline, Dedham, Westwood and Needham since 1987.

CHDS is a fully accredited NAEYC preschool, kindergarten and child care center with programs for children ages 2.2 to 6 years old. Conveniently located off the VFW Parkway in West Roxbury, MA 02132.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

For over 30 years, Children's Happy Day School has been enriching the minds and nurturing the spirits of young children. I created CHDS in 1987, originally located in Brookline Village. In the fall of 1998, Children's Happy Day School moved to West Roxbury. It was the hope and wish to build a unique school for young children, one full of light and surrounded by nature. Working with my son, Moe Rafiy, we opened a beautiful, child-friendly facility at 5 Charles Park Road, West Roxbury, in 2004.

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 Spanish by Hola La, an Early Childhood Spanish Language Program

From the Director:

Literature-based Curriculum. Children's books are the basis for all activities projects and stations.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Using a developmentally appropriate curriculum allow our teachers to tailor activities, projects etc. to the needs of the child, making them more or less challenging as needed.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

CHDS strongly believes that children benefit most from child-centered environments (library, writing center, drama area, blocks area, etc.) designed to promote interaction with other children and adults. The goal of CHDS is to develop and foster each child's social, emotional, physical and cognitive development by providing a safe and nurturing environment. At CHDS, respect for the child as an individual is paramount while he/she learns the concepts of sharing, fairness, and respect for others. We are committed to eliminate social, religious, marital, sexual and disability discrimination.

A Typical Day

A day at CHDS begins with a warm greeting and leads into a balance of free play and structured activities followed by a morning circle, healthy snack and project (based on the monthly curriculum). The children continue their morning with outside play and prepare for a nutritious lunch brought from home. After lunch, the children have a closing circle and the morning children say goodbye to their friends while half and full day children prepare for a quiet rest time. Following their rest, children engage in indoor and outdoor activities as a mixed-age group and prepare for their parents' arrival.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Open House, Parent-Teacher Conferences, Meetings as requested, Communication Notebooks in each Class, Parent Talk Night with Dr. Paula Rauch.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Transitional belongings from home are encouraged. Parents are welcome to stay in the classroom until the parent feels the child is comfortable enough to start his/her day. Daily phone call updates throughout the first few weeks of school. Photographs of family members are requested and posted in each classroom.