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Early Start Children's Center

141 Kimball Hill Road
Hudson, NH 03051

(603) 880-3722


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Here at Early Start our goal is to nurture the whole child. It is our intention to make your child’s early years special. We intend to provide a quality educational program within a loving and caring environment. An important part of this goal is the caring adults who will give your child personal attention.

Early Start Children’s Center follows a “Building Blocks” philosophy, which is developmental in nature with concerns for the needs of the whole child. This philosophy has evolved over 20 + years of experience working with teachers, young children, and their parents with its roots at Kathy’s “Building Blocks Nursery” School, our sister school in Dracut, MA.

Although intellectual development is an important “block” in our program, we feel it must be balanced with social, emotional, and physical development to provide children with a strong foundation for their future success.

If you attempt to build a block tower by stacking one block at a time in a single narrow column, it will stand on its own for the first few blocks. As you build the tower higher, it will become less stable and adding additional blocks will take greater effort to be sure the balance is maintained. Eventually, no matter how hard you try, the tower will tumble. Building a strong level foundation will help the tower stand on its own as it grows in size. Placing a group of blocks all the same size at the base will make the tower much stronger.

This is also true of learning! If the concentration is only on one aspect of development, without making sure that the children have a strong level foundation, it is easy to throw them off balance. Then, through no fault of their own, they may struggle or be unable to be successful. Our goal here at Early Start is to give each child a strong level foundation by offering the “Building Blocks” curriculum, which values all aspects of development because they are all important for successful learning and for life.

We also realize that parents who work outside the home while raising young children are facing an enormous challenge. Our goal is to help you meet this challenge by providing an environment where you will feel comfortable leaving your child and offering ourselves as a resource for any parenting, developmental, or behavioral questions or concerns you might have. Our goal is not only to have happy children, but happy stress-free parents as well. We will strive to involve the entire family in the education process by offering parenting workshops and family social events."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"7:00 – 8:30 Drop off time – Welcome and quiet play (children may bring in a breakfast to eat when they arrive)
8:30 – 9:15 Children divided into assigned classrooms with primary teacher for academic portion of daily schedule, supervised free play within the classroom centers and daily routine tasks.
9:15 – 9:45 Group Circle Time (discuss weather, calendar, events of the day, songs, fingerplays and/or circle games)
9:45 – 10:05 First Activity Time (children participate in activities in math, reading readiness, science, and art during the four activity times)
10:05 – 10:20 Snack Time
10:20 – 10:40 Second Activity Time
10:40 – 11:10 Recess
11:10 – 11:30 Show and Tell, Library, or Story Time
11:30 – 11:45 Clean up and bathroom
11:45 – 12:15 Lunch
12:15 – 12:30 Prepare for rest time
12:30 – 2:30 Nap time
2:30 – 3:00 Afternoon snack
3:00 – 6:00 Afternoon activity time (arts and crafts, music and movement, or organized games) and supervised interactive free play (inside or out depending on weather)"
Excerpted from the preschool's website