WORLD preschool and child care center provides full day, year-round care for children
2.9 years through age 5 primarily in Franklin and Hampshire counties. We are open between
the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
are offered a supportive environment in which to express themselves creatively and
to expand an awareness of themselves and the world around them. They are welcomed
into a stimulating, child-centered environment which is exciting yet safe. Through
praise, encouragement, support and positive reinforcement, children develop decision-making
abilities, self-sufficiency, independence and problem-solving skills. Most importantly,
they gain a positive self-image.
In a caring
and positive atmosphere, we create a warm and happy place for preschoolers to learn.
As we bridge the gap from home to school, we guide children to a continued good
self-image while building social skills in a school setting.
that children grow in predictable stages, we treat each child as an individual, working
from the level each child has attained and moving forward a step at a time. We teach a
love of learning and allow children to experience their own stage of development and help
them to feel success without pressure.
We value the
active involvement of parents in our program. Parents may gain valuable insights and techniques
from the expertise of the staff and at the same time, share their own talents and interests
to maintain the excellent quality here at SMALL WORLD. School then becomes a shared experience
which hopefully will continue throughout each child’s educational process.
does not discriminate in providing services to children and their families on the basis
of race, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs, marital status, disability, sexual
orientation, or national origin.
you know that SMALL WORLD is a nationally accredited preschool and child care center?
programs you will find:
frequent, positive, warm interactions among teachers and children;
planned learning activities
appropriate to age and development, such as block building, painting, reading
stories, dress-up, and active outdoor play;
specially trained teachers and directors;
ongoing professional development;
enough adults to respond to individual children;
many varied age-appropriate materials;
respect for cultural diversity;
a healthy and safe environment for adults and children;
nutritious meals and/or snacks;
regular communication with parents;
ongoing, systemic evaluation;
was the first private preschool in the Union #38 school district to receive this national
A Few of Our Special
Every third Friday of the month, families arrive to the warm smell of coffee along with baked goods, fresh fruit and other delectable fare. Our way of helping one day feel a bit less rushed for everyone!
Roger is a two-time Parents' Choice Award-winning recording artistwho includes multicultural,
environmental and family songs. Roger's repertoire includes original and contemporary
material, as well as traditional folk styles. Ballads, swing, country blues, bluegrass,
and cowboy yodeling are interspersed with Latin American and international folksongs.
Roger accompanies himself on guitar, banjo, mandolin, Irish bazouki, Puerto Rican and
Venezuelan cuatros, South American charango, Native American Flute, harmonica and piano
A tradition started in 1994 as a way to celebrate our community of children and their
families! Each November the children and the staff are invited to bring any of their family
members and/or friends to the school to join in a sharing of food (a full feast!), fun
The Women in
Special luncheon in May to show our appreciation for a woman in the life of each of our
children. An invitation is extended by each child to invite their mother, aunt, grandmother,
sister or other friend to join them for lunch.
The Men in
During the comfortable spring season, an invitation for lunch is extended by each child to their father, uncle, grandfather, brother, or other friend of their choosing to show appreciation for the joy they bring to their lives.
• Family Appreciation Cookout
Family and friends gather at the home of the executive director for an evening of dinner, drinks and socializing. A chance to get to know other families and to relax on a summer evening without having to do any of the work. Just bring a chair, sit back and enjoy!