Mary Johnson Children's Center

Early Childhood Program Photo

Early Childhood Program

The Early Childhood Program is housed in a renovated and expanded 19th century farmhouse that reflects the Center’s belief in the importance of beauty, light, the environment and natural materials in the lives of young children. The Center’s early childhood program serves children 18 months to 5 years. Staff and children “loop” together, thus children are with the same core staff members throughout their years at the Center. Families may choose a three, four or five day program.

The Center’s programs are not conventional or fixed, but support the importance of play and evolve depending upon the interests of children, teachers and families. We believe that parents are the experts on their children. We believe that teachers are collaborators, researchers and nurturers who are dedicated to supporting children and parents. We believe in the extraordinary capability and intelligence of children. We believe in children’s ability to construct their own knowledge. As a school, we believe in making visible and giving voice to the rich potential and talent of children, and in the right of all children to have an environment where this talent and potential is respected and nourished.

Family Handbook

Ratios & Tuition:

For the 2016-17 school year, late August through mid-June. Please note that the staff, children and group names loop together—the Thunderdragons, for example, will remain Thunderdragons as they grow through the years.

Classroom Ages Ratio


     18 months - 30 months

    8 children with 3 teachers

Caspia      30 months - 3 1/2 years    15 children with 3 teachers
Dawntreaders      3 years - 4 years    15 children with 3 teachers
Narnia      4 years - 5 years    15 children with 3 teachers
Tuition Information for the academic year 2016-2017:
Toddler: 3 days = $130 Preschool: 3 days = $120
4 days = $170 4 days = $160
5 days = $200 5 days = $190

Tuition includes breakfast, snacks and lunch.


18 months to 30 months, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
30 months and older, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.