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Northampton Public Schools Early Childhood Information

The Early Childhood Center is located in Room 102 (1st Floor) 212 Main Street. The mission of the center is to support the families and young children of Northampton. Please call with any questions – We are here for you and your children!  If you are new to Northampton and would like to be considered for future openings for the 2019-2020 school year please call the preschool office at: (413) 587-1471.

Integrated Preschool

The Northampton Public Schools Preschool offers a half day (morning or afternoon) integrated preschool program that meets 4 days a week (Monday-Thursday) for 3- and 4-year old children who live in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds. We have preschool programs at both Bridge Street School and Leeds Elementary School. Both preschool sites include a very limited full-day Monday-Thursday option for 4-year-old children. There is no preschool on Fridays. The Early Childhood Program follows the Northampton Public School calendar.

NEWAs of December 2019, we are accepting applications for preschool-eligible children to attend a new, grant-funded full-day integrated preschool classroom at BSS, opening January 13, 2020.  Preference is given to low income families, and there will be a lottery to select who attends.  Parents with preschool-aged children living in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds were sent a postcard with this information the week of December 9, 2019. This classroom will operate 5 days a week, unlike our regular 4-day preschool, and all children will attend full day.  Please contact Laura Frogameni, CPPI Grant Coordinator, at lfrogameni@northampton-k12.us to request an application, or click on the link below.  There are THREE current preschool applications available below:

  1. NEW 5-day BSS classroom lottery application
  2. NEXT FALL 2020-2021 BSS and Leeds lottery application
  3. CURRENT YEAR 4-day BSS and Leeds rolling admissions (open until about February 2020)

Students whose street addresses place them at either Bridge Street School or Jackson Street School for K-5 attend the BSS preschool program; students whose street addresses place them at either Leeds Elementary School or RK Finn Ryan Road Elementary School for K-5 attend the Leeds preschool program.

The program includes children who are typically developing as well as those with special needs. The Northampton integrated preschool setting allows all children to participate to their fullest capacities in the mainstream of education. Special support services are provided within the classroom as needed.

Please call 413-587-1471 with any questions and to find out how to apply. You can download our Preschool Application below.  You can also email us at earlychildhood@northampton-k12.us.

Area Preschool Options

There are many wonderful preschool options in Northampton. A list is available at the bottom of this page.

Our NPS Kindergarten Program

Please click this link for details about our Kindergarten Program and registration process.

CFCE Coordinator

Erika Frank, our Early Childhood CFCE Coordinator, has more than 20 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education.  She is here to help if you have concerns about your child’s development, or if you have any parenting questions/concerns or need support about parenting issues.During the school year, we also provide parent workshops on a variety of topics. Parent Workshop Topics have included: Routines, Transitions, Sleep, Behavior Management Strategies, and Eating. Erika is also the Evaluation Team Leader for the Preschool program at the Bridge Street School. Please contact her at 413-587-1465.

Northampton/Hadley Family Connection (CFCE)

The Northampton/Hadley Family Connection supports services and activities for young children and families throughout the city and our wider community. We directly fund and staff the groups and activities below — the PCHP program, the Northampton Parents Center, and the Hadley Playgroup — as well as organize informational evenings and the Week of the Young Child celebration in April. Formerly known as the Northampton/Hadley CFCE, we are sponsored by a CFCE (Coordinated Family and Community Engagement) grant from the Massachusetts EEC.

For more information, please check out our website at northamptonfamilies.com, email us at earlychildhood@northampton-k12.us, or call 413-587-1471.


For questions, please call Erika Frank by calling 413-587-1471 or emailing her at efrank@northampton-k12.us.

Join our Mailchimp Mailing List!

We send out regular emails alerting you to fun events in the area for families with small children.  If you would like to join our email list, or have an event you’d like local families to know about, please send us an email at earlychildhood@northampton-k12.us, or download the form below and mail it to us.

Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP)

A home-based literacy, school readiness, and parenting program for Northampton and Hadley parents and their toddlers and preschoolers, which promotes learning and language development through the use of books and toys. PCHP emphasizes verbal interaction and learning through play. Home Visitors help you to realize your role as your child’s first and most important teacher. They generate excitement about learning at home through toys, books, and play.

Did you know:

  • you are your child’s first and most important teacher
  • your home is your child’s first classroom
  • your child learns best through play
  • the more you read, speak, or sing to your child the better he or she will do in school

For more information, contact Mandy Gerry – mgerry@northampton-k12.us or call 413-587-1471.

PLAYGROUP!  Mon-Thurs mornings — Northampton Parents Center

Open Monday – Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. during the school year
297 Main Street – Lower Level
Northampton, MA 01060

Director: Swansea Benham Bleicher – (413)-582-2636

For more information, contact Swansea Benham Bleicher at northamptonparentscenter@gmail.com


PLAYGROUP!  Friday mornings — Hadley Playgroup

Whole Children Inc.
41 Russell Street
Hadley, MA 01035

Open Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., during the school year

For information on the Hadley Playgroup, contact Mandy Gerry – mgerry@northampton-k12.us or call 413-587-1471.

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