A Preschool Unlike Any Other
Your child is filled with a natural curiosity, wonder, and desire to explore. When you nurture those impulses the right way, the results are remarkable. The Hundred Acre School was created to cultivate young minds using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) as a springboard to multidisciplinary learning.
What makes this program so unique are the opportunities afforded by the setting of our school – amidst Heritage Museums & Gardens’ 100 safe, private, and stunning acres. This setting allows children to integrate the STEM tools they acquire in the classroom with robust exploration of the natural world. It’s a program that doesn’t exist anywhere else.
Fully Licensed and QRIS Rated
The Hundred Acre School is a licensed preschool in good standing with the Department of Early Education and Care. The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), in its capacity as a licensing agency, licenses all child care, preschools, and afterschool programs in Massachusetts. EEC enforces strong licensing standards for the health, safety, and education of all children in child care.
The Hundred Acre School has been granted Level 2 in the Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS). The QRIS is a method to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early care and education and after-school settings. The Massachusetts QRIS offers guidance to professionals in early education and care on a path towards quality, recognizing that higher expectations of programs must be matched with increased supports that include a better-articulated career ladder, financial incentives, and professional development and technical assistance, which are grounded in the science of child development. Preschools are not required to participate in the QRIS, but The Hundred Acre School believes that high-quality early childhood education is essential for our students and the field as a whole.
Learning Habits That Last a Lifetime
The Hundred Acre School is filled with exciting opportunities for children to learn, have fun doing it, and excel. The invaluable problem-solving skills and life outlook that this program helps foster can help kids grow and thrive long after they’ve moved on to higher levels of education and into the adult world.
A STEM-Focused Curriculum
Heritage Museums & Gardens received a Preschool Innovative STEM Curriculum Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). The goal of the grant was to develop innovative preschool Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics curricula to be used by early education programs for preschool-aged children. EEC recognizes that quality programs include: project based learning, hands-on experimentation, and providing experiences that support natural inquiry. These concepts are central in the Collections Curriculum. While this curriculum has been developed for use at The Hundred Acre School, the hope is that the concepts are easily replicated by other programs. To learn more about our curriculum, click here.