Its has been a pleasure seeing our older daughter develop into this wonderful toddler over the years at The Preschool Experience as she went from being a bunny to a rainbow. The school planted the seed for the crucial life skills that she would need to become a strong, confident and a good person. Our daughter talks very fondly about her teachers which only goes to show the nurturing atmosphere of the school. Looking forward to our younger one’s journey at the school!
The Preschool Experience is a well-established independent preschool started in 1980. Our program is designed for children ages 2 – 5 years old. We have three separate classrooms: a 2 – 3 year old class, the Bunnys, a 3 – 4 year old class, the Cubs, and a 4 – 5 year old class, the Rainbows. Each class is established separately, however opportunities do exist throughout the year for children of different ages to mix and interact together, particularly during the Extended Day program
The school has two convenient locations, each contiguous to our generous play yard. The Upper School (ages 3 – 5) is located in a sunny Victorian house on the first floor. The lay-out consists of two generous classroom areas, a “Kitchen” area for tactile play and painting, and a “Block Room” for small group play and music. Our secure playground has imaginary play stations, a sandbox, and a gym. The Lower School (age 2 – 3) is located on the opposite side of the play yard in an easily accessible classroom on the first floor of the Trinity Episcopal Church Annex on Furber Lane.
Our program is child-directed, based on each child’s developmental needs. We place primary emphasis on the development of socialization skills, the fostering of each child’s self-esteem, and the development of readiness skills. Our focus is on helping children gain the skills that will help them take their first independent steps and develop a joy of learning that enables them to interact with the world around them in meaningful and positive ways. We provide a nurturing, safe and friendly environment that encourages children to learn, share, and grow.
We consider the teacher-child relationship to be the foundation of our program. First and foremost, our teachers love children and interact with them in an open, inclusive way. Our commitment to a small teacher-to-child ratio enables us to provide a nurturing environment where children can grow and learn in positive and developmentally appropriate ways. All of our staff are professionals, trained and experienced in the field of Early Childhood Education. They are certified by the Department of Early Education and Care, and many have BA’s and MA’s in education. We are dedicated to providing ongoing opportunities to help our staff continue their training and continuing education through workshops, seminars and coursework.
We strongly encourage parent involvement with the school. We believe that the education of your child during the preschool years is a partnership between the school and the parents. We offer opportunities for parents to visit the classroom: to help with a specific project, share special interests or talents, read a special book, or participate in the ongoing daily activities. In addition, we provide monthly newsletters, weekly and monthly calendars, and all-school social gatherings. We schedule two parent conferences a year, and our staff are always available by phone or email.
After visiting multiple schools around the Newton/Brookline area, it became clear that The Preschool Experience is the best choice for my son and for our family. The teachers are experienced and nurturing and the environment is perfect for a 3-6 year-old child. My son made friends here and he is genuinely happy to go to school every day. We are very happy to be part of this community. It is a gem!
We have absolutely loved having both of our daughters attend The Preschool Experience! The teachers and staff are so welcoming, patient and experienced. The community of children and families within the school is also wonderful. My oldest is in the Rainbow room and we love how much she’s learning. Also, we can’t say enough how much I appreciate how patient and kind the Bunny room teachers have been with our youngest as she transitioned to her first school experience. Both our girls love going to school in the morning! We highly recommend this fabulous preschool.
Choosing a preschool was a critical decision for my husband and I, knowing that this would be our children’s initial exposure to school- setting the tone for their educational careers. The Preschool Experience has set our boys off on the right foot as curious learners who value school as a positive, safe and fun place. Their creativity has been nurtured here in an environment of playful learning. They’ve developed self-regulation skills and grown in independence while making friends and learning how to be lifelong learners.
Preschool experience has been such a warm and nurturing environment for our son. The teachers are wonderful, and they have such an organized approach to the learning process for young children. I will never forget the art show in the Rainbow Room, which featured the kids creating art in the styles of Pissaro, Pollack, and Kandinsky!