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The Amherst Early Education Center at Crocker Farm offers 5 preschool classrooms for children living in Amherst and Pelham. The program services children with special education needs as well as up to 32 peer partners with a maximum of fifteen children in each classroom.

Each classroom is staffed by a preschool special education teacher as well as 2 or more paraeducators. Program staff also include two speech and language pathologists, an occupational therapist, a physical therapist, and a behavior analyst.

Peer partners may apply for the morning program (8:30-12:00) if they will be 3 years old by September 1st, while they must be 4 years old by September 1st in order to apply for the full-day program (8:30-2:30). Please note that all preschool classrooms run from Monday through Thursday only. There is no preschool on Fridays.

The preschool program often receives more applications than there are spaces available. In this instance, a lottery will be held and children who do not receive a spot will be placed on our waitlist. Students currently in the program will get priority for re-enrolment from year to year.

Applications for the 2022-2023 school year are currently closed as we have over 10 children on our waitlist at this time.

Applications for the 2023-2024 school year will open on January 3rd, 2023. A link to the application will be added to this website on that day. Families will have 8 weeks to apply, before a lottery will be held on February 28th, 2023. Families will be notified if they were successful or not by March 3rd, 2023.

If you have just moved into Amherst or Pelham and your child has an Individualized Education Program or if you have developmental concerns about your preschool-aged child, please contact the preschool administrator, Elizabeth Burns, directly at 413-362-1610 or burnse@arps.org.

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El Centro de Educación Temprana de Amherst en Crocker Farm ofrece 5 aulas de preescolar para los niños que viven en Amherst y Pelham. El programa atiende a los niños con necesidades de educación especial, así como hasta 32 compañeros con un máximo de quince niños en cada aula.

Cada aula cuenta con un maestro de educación especial preescolar, así como con dos o más paraeducadores. El personal del programa también incluye dos patólogos del habla y el lenguaje, un terapeuta ocupacional, un terapeuta físico y un especialista en comportamiento.

Los niños acompañantes pueden solicitar el programa matutino (8:30-12:00) si tienen 3 años de edad para el 1 de septiembre, mientras que deben tener 4 años para el 1 de septiembre a fin de solicitar el programa de jornada completa (8:30-2:30). Tenga en cuenta que todas las aulas del preescolar funcionan sólo de lunes a jueves. No hay preescolar los viernes.

El programa preescolar a menudo recibe más solicitudes que espacios disponibles. En este caso, se llevará a cabo una lotería y los niños que no reciban un lugar serán colocados en nuestra lista de espera. Los estudiantes que actualmente están en el programa tendrán prioridad para la re-inscripción de un año a otro.

Actualmente las solicitudes para el año escolar 2022-2023 están cerradas ya que tenemos más de 10 niños en nuestra lista de espera en este momento.

Las solicitudes para el año escolar 2023-2024 se abrirán el 3 de enero de 2023. Un enlace a la aplicación se añadirá a este sitio web ese día. Las familias tendrán 8 semanas para aplicar, antes de la lotería que se llevará a cabo el 28 de febrero de 2023. Las familias serán notificadas si han sido seleccionadas o no antes del 3 de marzo de 2023.

Si usted se acaba de mudar a Amherst o Pelham y su hijo tiene un Programa de Educación Individualizado o si tiene preocupaciones sobre el desarrollo de su niño en edad preescolar, por favor, comuníquese con la administradora del preescolar, Elizabeth Burns, directamente al 413-362-1610 o burnse@arps.org.

Our Vision Statement: 

We strive to be a welcoming, caring and inclusive community that values and supports each individual child and their family while nurturing a lifelong love of learning and the courage to face challenges, be who you are, and support others to do the same.

Our Mission Statement: 

Our mission is to provide a safe, nurturing, and developmentally appropriate environment where anti-racist and social-emotional learning is valued. We support children in developing essential skills that help build a positive self-concept and resiliency and that provide a foundation for successful, lifelong learning. We ensure accessibility to all students through the provision of individualized accommodations, supports and therapeutic services.

Our Priorities: 

  • Inclusion of all students

  • Learning through play

  • Language and social-emotional skill development

  • Trauma-informed care

  • Identity affirming classrooms

  • Family collaboration

 

Please click here for the Amherst Early Education Center Handbook

 

Contact Information / Información de Contacto

Elizabeth Burns
Preschool Administrator
School Psychologist
Amherst Public Schools
280 West Street
Amherst, MA. 01002
(413) 362-1610

Email : burnse@arps.org 

Our Preschool Teachers / Maestras de Escuela Preescoplar

 

Sarah Cohen, Preschool Special Education Teacher
Diana Demers-Slovin, Preschool Special Education Teacher
Jennifer Zera, Preschool Special Education Teacher
Jacy Armenti, Preschool Special Education Teacher
Johanne Hedemann, Preschool Special Education Teacher

Denise Paquin, Speech and Language Pathologist
Danielle Kadinoff, Speech and Language Pathologist
Swetha Krishnaswamy, Occupational Therapist
Emily Dannen, Physical Therapist
Kristen Siska, Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Our Paras:

MaryAnn Amaru
Jocelyne Cruz 
Rebekah Demling 
Colleen Dennis
Maria Patricia Warner 
Sylvia Keochakian 
Lindsey Read 
Sheyla Maldonado 
Silvia Sherwood 
Cathy Teschke 
Sue Kelly 
Samantha Burns 
Sage Scott 
Joe Mares 
Kimberlyn Garwood
Roberta Griffin