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The Early Learning Center

The Early Learning Center currently has infant, toddler, and preschool openings for 2019-2020. Applications are due by March 1.

The center was founded in 1981 and has inhabited its present home since 1988. The present facility was designed with input from staff and parents to meet the needs of children and families.

The Early Learning Center is a unique community composed of varied constituencies: children; parents; teachers; Hampshire College work-study student assistants; Hampshire students; and faculty who use the center as a laboratory for study. Many visitors come to observe and learn more about the work we do.

The Early Learning Center is dedicated to nurturing a community that honors and is enriched by the contributions of all who play, learn, work, teach, study, and visit it.

The center has the capacity to serve 44 children and their families; about half of them are Hampshire-affiliated. The majority of the other children and families are affiliated with one of the other four colleges. We also welcome families from the local community.

As educators, we have been inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy since 1990, and the schools of Pistoia, Italy since 1998.

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Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002