Early Care Family Resource Guide
The early care and education community of Martha’s Vineyard celebrate the uniqueness of each child. We recognize that all children learn and grow at their own individual pace. Our programs are designed to encourage positive social interactions, social consciousness, and respect for each other.
We support children’s development of friendships and their awareness of themselves as members of a community. We believe that a strong sense of self in a child builds the foundation for learning. We understand that children are active learners. Therefore, we strive to provide safe and enriched environments in which children feel free to creatively explore a variety of materials, activities, and interests.
THE CHILMARK PRESCHOOL
8 State Road, P.O. Box 425, Chilmark
508-645-2562, X 110
Open September – June
Monday-Friday; 8:00 a.m. – 3:00p.m.
Contact: Ursula Costin
Chilmark Preschool believes that it is essential to create a physical and social environment that promotes respect for all, a positive learning atmosphere and a safe place where children are valued as individuals. Children are viewed as competent, curious and creative. It is their genuine enthusiasm for learning about the world around them that drives our curriculum. The daily activities at Chilmark Preschool reflect these values and visions. The teachers have a strong knowledge of child development and recognize the value of predictability and consistency. They are program planners, guides, careful observers, and listeners. The curriculum is not set in stone at the beginning of the year, but rather emerges from the interests and needs of the children and teachers. Teachers outline the daily schedule, but the curriculum is flexible and emerges from their careful observations of the children and their interests. Our classroom materials invite children to investigate, make new discoveries and construct their own knowledge. Through their natural curiously and spontaneous play, children create opportunities to explore number concepts, build early literacy skills, investigate their natural world and express themselves in a variety of ways. Throughout the school day, teachers help children to express their emotions as well as understand those of their peers. These meaningful and enriching experiences build a sense of confidence, competence and love of learning.
First Light Child Development Center, Inc.
66 Williams Street, P.O. Box 4623, Vineyard Haven
Open Year-Round; 7:30 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Contact: Elizabeth Bonifacio, Director
At First Light, we strive to offer the highest quality of care and education for toddlers and preschoolers. We believe all children are thinkers, researchers, and problem-solvers. Our program revolves around valuing relationships, open dialogue, play and collaboration, which we believe supports the development of strong relationships between all members of the community. Teachers support the children as active learners making sense of the world around them and help foster a positive sense of self in an atmosphere of beauty, nature, and respect. Our mixed-age group Toddler and Preschool classrooms offer a multitude of opportunities for children to support each other as they play, learn, and grow. The rich curriculum includes a monthly Creative Drama class, weekly visits to the Library, Music Together Classes and Gardening, along with field trips to further help the children become active members of the community.
Garden Gate Child Development Center, Inc.
119 West Spring Street, Box 2666, Vineyard Haven
Contacts: Leigh Ann Yuen and Dawn Warner
Garden Gate is a small, non-profit preschool and toddler center, offering full and part-time school-year programs and a summer program. Our philosophy and program goals have been influenced by the approach to early childhood education originating in the infant/toddler centers and preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy, based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community. Our Art for Education program provides
children with “100 languages” through which to understand, communicate and learn. Among these languages are the verbal languages of conversation, storytelling and song; visual languages of writing, drawing, and painting and sculpting; and physical language of drama, movement, construction and play; among many more. In this way, we are able to recognize and support the competencies and capabilities of every child. Our individual approach ensures that each child is met where they are, given the tools they need to be successful and valued for their contributions to the group.
36 Woodlawn Ave, P.O. Box 1197, Vineyard Haven
Open September-June, 8:00am-4:00pm
Contact: Penelope Wong, Director
Grace Preschool is a non-sectarian program which welcomes all children ages 2.9-5 years of age with an excellent adult to child ratio allowing for individual attention. Through a play environment rich with creativity, wonder and discovery among the various development domains, children are able to thrive and develop a strong sense of self and social competence. We believe that every child’s primary teacher is the parent and we work to partner with the parents to support the child every day. Each year we offer a strong enrichment program inviting various members from the community to work with the children. Programs have included music, drama, storytelling, skating, and gardening along with numerous field trips and making connections with the elderly at Havenside.
Island Children’s School
5 Halcyon Way, West Tisbury
P.O. Box 1630, Vineyard Haven
Open September—June: 7:30am-4:00pm ( offer 6 week summer program)
Contact: Yvonne Fisher, Director
Island Children’s School strives to meet the needs of the whole child through a dynamic, emergent curriculum. Our teachers are attuned to each child’s needs and interests, and support individual growth through a variety of classroom activities that consider the physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional facets of learning. Our classrooms have permanent learning centers and materials as well as evolving dramatic play scenarios and choices that change daily to coincide with learning topics.We emphasize the importance of our Island community an promote the development of meaningful relationships with peers and adults in it through visits and field trips. In addition, we investigate our Island’s unique ecology to promote a greater understanding of our natural world. At ICS, we believe children learn best through active, playful learning scenarios that challenge them and promote healthy living; and of course, we add a dash of magic through art and musical adventure to top it all off!
MV Community Services Childcare Center
111 Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs
Open Year Round, 8:00—5:00
Contact: Early Childhood Programs Office
MVCS Child Care Center is a nationally accredited play-based full-day year-round program serving children 6 months – 5 years. The indoor environment and two spacious playgrounds are creatively designed to encourage hands0on exploration and discovery. The curriculum, which is tailored to the individual needs and interests of the children, supports the development of age-appropriate social and problem-solving skills, the arts, physical development, social studies and STEM activities – science, technology, engineering, and math. The curriculum also supports English language, acquisition for children who are dual language learners. Three nutritious meals a day are provided, supplemented with vegetables grown by the children in the school gardens. The skilled staff works closely with parents, are respectful of the child and family’s culture and language, and are responsive to the inclusion of a variety of learning styles.
Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools – Project Headway
Old County Road, West Tisbury Elementary School
Mailing Address: 4 Pine Street, Vineyard Haven
Open Sept-June, 8:30—1:30
Contact: Jen Royal
Project Headway is a play-based preschool program that serves children ages three to five with and without disabilities. The children participate in a typical preschool schedule that includes activities such as circle, small and large group activities, gross motor play, fine motor opportunities, music, science, manipulatives, and art. The curriculum focuses on communication skills, social skills, and encouraging children to learn through play in both teacher and child-directed activities. The program is designed to meet the needs of all children through developmentally appropriate activities. Field trips are also taken throughout the year to support thematic units and utilize local resources.
Plum Hill School
Off New Lane, West Tisbury
P.O. Box 971, West Tisbury
Open September-June; 8:30—3:00
Contact: Laura Marashlian and Lucia Dillion
At Plum Hill, we are inspired by Waldorf educational philosophy to nurture the pure creative play by which children do their most profound learning. We provide simple, natural
materials to engage the child’s imagination and fine art resources to foster artistic expression. Fairy tales, told by heart, puppet plays, and music weave beauty into the daily rhythm. Children help tend the garden, bake the bread, mend the toys. Much of the child’s day is spent exploring the world of nature in the fields and farms. We celebrate the changing seasons with songs, crafts, and family festivals. By our example, we encourage reverence for all life, enthusiasm for work, compassion for each other.
34 Anthiers Way, Edgartown
Open year-round, 8:00-4:00
Contact: Cindy Andrews
Rainbow Place offers an individualized program to a mixed age-group of preschool children. We provide a rich social environment which helps develop self-confidence and strong communication skills. Children choose from specially planned activities or learning centers, moving from small to large group activities throughout the day. Our curriculum evolves from careful observations of children, their many ideas, and interests. Included in our learning experiences are field trips to local businesses and places of interest, special guests, and cultural activities. Learning at Rainbow Place is an active experience for all children.
Vineyard Montessori School
286 Main Street, Box 994, Vineyard Haven
Open September-June, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Serving children preschool through 8th grade
Contact: Debbie Jernegan, Head of School
Fostering a lifetime love of learning, one child at a time
Embracing the philosophies of Dr. Maria Montessori, Vineyard Montessori School provides a carefully planned, stimulating environment which helps children develop within themselves the foundational habits, attitudes, skills, and ideas which are essential for a lifetime of creative thinking and learning. Children learn at their own speed in a prepared environment according to their own speed in a prepared environment according to their own capacities and in a non-competitive atmosphere.
A good Family Child Care (FCC) offers children a chance to live and learn in an intimate, homelike setting. Children can participate in preparing meals, working in the garden, tending to animals and baking. Good child care, whether it is a center or home-based program, should offer children the opportunity to learn and grow at their own pace with a sensitive, nurturing caregiver. Family child care is unique in that it offers the children this care on a smaller scale. This gives parents another choice in selecting the very best care for their children. Every family child care is as different as every family. If FCC might be a choice for you, visit several to find the one that meets the needs of your child, and your family.
The Family Childcare Providers listed below are licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care and are certified in CPR and FIrst AId.
KATRINA ARAUJO, BS, CDA
50 Sunset Road, Oak Bluffs
50 Sunset Road, VH 02568;
Open year-round; 8:00—4:00
41 Manchester Ave, Oak Bluffs
P.O. Box 2649, OB 02557
Follow public school calendar Monday—Thursday; 8:15—4:15
27 Putnam Way
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
VERONICA CONOVER, M.ED.
39 Crow Hollow Rd., West Tisbury P.O. Box 1048, WT 02575
Follow public school calendar Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri 8:30—3:30
106 Colonial Drive, Vineyard Haven 106 Colonial Drive, VH 02568 508-693-0306
Open Year Round; 8:00—5:00
DONNA CREIGHTON BA, CDA, NAFCC
27 Michael’s Way, Vineyard Haven P.O. Box 4182, VH 02568
Sept-July; 8:00—4:00; (No Fridays)
17 Mullen Way, Edgartown
P.O. Box 3275, Edg 02539
Open Year Round; 7:30-4:30
BETH HEALY, CDA, NAFCC
73 Midland Avenue, Vineyard Haven 73 Midland Ave, VH 02568
Open year-round; 8:00—4:00
20 Hye Road, Edgartown
P.O. Box 1377, Edg 02539
Open Year Round; 8:00—4:00
JOANNE LAMBERT, BA, CDA
10 Hitchings Circle, Oak Bluffs
10 Hitchings Circle, VH 02568 774-563-0459
Follow public school calendar Monday-Friday; 8:00—4:00
NANCY SALON, AA
121 Otis Bassett Road, West Tisbury 121 Otis Bassett Road, VH 02568
Open year-round; 7:30—5:00
PATRICIA WALLER, BA
50 West Tisbury Road, Edgartown
P.O. Box 1308, Edg 02539
Open year round
Summer: Monday—Saturday; 8:30—4:30
56 Colombian Ave, Oak Bluffs
Follows public school calendar, with limited summer hours.
EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS, MVCS
Contact: Sharon Coogan, Administrative Asst.
Provides child care funding for income-eligible parents on a sliding fee scale. Additional child care and funding information provided.
DEPT OF EARLY EDUCATION AND CARE (EEC)
Southeast and Cape Regional Office
Taunton, MA 02780
Phone: (508) 828-5025
Provides child care and funding information
for Center and Family Child Care homes
CHILD CARE NETWORK
OF THE CAPE & ISLANDS
Funding for families who are income eligible is available through a voucher system with Child Care Network. A child care resource and referral agency for placements and subsidies.
Childcare Subsidy Program
Www.baileyboyd.com | 508-430-4499
Contact: Carol Bergen | Carol@baileyboyd.com
BOY’S AND GIRL’S CLUB
CHILD DEVELOPMENT & EDUCATION INC
Contact: Elizabeth Reedy, 508-778-1683
Family Child Care Funding Information
DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN & FAMILIES
Vineyard Haven Office: 508-693-5581
Cape Cod Child Development
MV Community Services, Early Childhood Programs
Contact: Cindy Flanders, 508-693-7900 x321
HOME/ HEALTH & CHILD CARE SERVICES, INC.
A Child Care Resource and Referral Agency for Placements
MV FAMILY CENTER PROGRAM
MV Community Services, Early Childhood Programs
Contact: Kim D’Arcey, 506-787-9182
MV PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Contact: Jenny Royal
Early Childhood Coordinator
Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program
YMCA OF MARTHA’S VINEYARD