Preschool At Crocker Farm

    Our preschool program enrolls children both with and without special needs.Our preschool classrooms are a mixed age group, three to five year olds, who were not age eligible for kindergarten. Children must be three years of age on or before September 1st of that school year.

      Young children in an integrated preschool setting learn from each other.   Preschool age children learn developmental skills (cognitive, social/emotional, communication, fine and large muscle skills) as well as acceptance of themselves and others as unique individuals.  Integrated preschool settings enable all children to participate to their fullest capacities in the mainstream of education.   Special education support services – speech/language,  occupational  therapy,  and  physical  therapy  are  provided  for  children  who  require  these services both in and out of the preschool classroom.

  The preschool curriculum is designed to further the total development of each child. Activities and curriculum are developed based on childrens interest and guided by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care Preschool Program Standards.   Learning takes place for children through a wide variety of play opportunities and interactions with both age level peers and adults.   We enjoy sand and water play, block building, dramatic play, art projects, reading books together, singing and movement games, as well as working on puzzles, turn taking games and much more. We play outside every day (weather permitting) offering ride- on-toys, climbing structures and games.  Our classes are language rich environments with an emphasis on children learning to be part of a larger group in a nurturing early educational environment. Field trips are part of the learning process and we take advantage of the community at large to support the classroom activities.

 Parents/guardians  are  a  vital  part  of  their  childs  development  and education.  We therefore encouragparent/guardian participation directly or indirectly in the classroom.  

Our program offers:

·    Highly qualified and experienced staff

·    A beautiful facility, located in a separate wing of the Crocker Farm Elementary School

·    Affordable tuition rates

·    Celebration of diversity

·    Welcomes all children and their families

·    Snack daily

·    School lunch is available for purchase


Michele Regan-Ladd
Preschool Program Coordinator
Amherst Public Schools

280 West Street
Amherst, MA. 01002
(413) 362-1610
Description of our program offerings 2017-2018
Description of our program offerings 2017-2018 Spanish
Program request form English
Program request form Spanish
2017-2018 Application English
2017-2018 Application Spanish
2018 request for reduced tuition
2018 tuition sliding scale information

 Crocker Farm Preschool Teachers

Sarah Allium
Amy Coulthard
Diana Demers-Slovin
Linda Prothers
Jen Zera

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