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 from 7 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

Mary Johnson Children's Center Programs COVID-19 Addendum

Infant Program Family Handbook Addendum

Classrooms & Tuition

For the 2021-2022 school year, late August through mid-June.

Classroom Ages
Rumblebuffins    6 weeks - 18 months


   18 months - 30 months

Narnia    30 months - 3 1/2 years
Caspia      3 years - 4 years
Thunderdragons      4 years - 5 years


Infants: Toddler: Preschool:
5 days= $275 3 days = $175 3 days = $170
  4 days = $220 4 days = $210
  5 days = $260 5 days = $250

Tuition includes breakfast, snacks and lunch.


Infants (6 weeks to 18 months)       8:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.

Toddler (18 months to 30 months):  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Preschool (30 months and older):    7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


In the Mary Johnson Children's Center programs we are committed to creating a diverse community of children and families.  Families are encouraged to be proactive in their search for an early childhood program, and if they believe they are interested in enrolling their child at the Center they should ensure that their child is on the Center’s wait list.  The Center serves children who are 6 weeks old until their entrance into kindergarten.

Please click the link to add your child to the shared waitlist


Tuition Subsidy:  Rates are spelled out in the Center’s tuition agreement that must be signed and returned at the time of enrollment.  If your child receives state tuition assistance, all paperwork must be processed before your child begins.  To inquire about subsidy, contact Jane Reilly, at (802) 388-4304, or e-mail her at

Pre-school Partnership:  If your child is 3 or older by the start of the school year, you may qualify for funding from your local school district via the Universal Pre-school Partnership Program (Act 166.) Before enrolling, eligible families will receive and must submit a school district form allowing Mary Johnson to access this funding for their child.

Summer Only:  Often we have openings for just the summer, as not all children attend year-round.  This option is especially good for those coming from out of town to work at Middlebury College or spend the summer in Vermont.  To place yourself on the waitlist for these openings, see the instructions below.

Mary Johnson Children's Center programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, special need, medical condition, ancestry, sexual orientation or citizenship.

Wait List

Families are encouraged to put their child’s name on the Center’s wait list as soon as is possible.  It is not uncommon for expectant parents to have their unborn child on the Center’s waiting list.  While most children begin their Center experience in the early fall with the start of the traditional academic year, the Center may have unanticipated openings at any point during the year.  Families move, jobs change, families’ needs change and consequently some openings occur at unanticipated times. 

To place your child’s name on the wait list:  Please email us at, providing the information listed below. (You may copy and paste this list into an email, and provide the answers.) or by clicking the following link

Child’s Name:
Date of Birth:
Boy or Girl:
Parents’ Name(s):
Best Phone(s) to reach you:
Which wait list(s) do you want to be on?:
Mary Johnson Children's Center?    
Middlebury Cooperative Nursery School (in East Middlebury)? 
Orwell Early Education Program?  
When do you want to start?:  ASAP?  Summer?   Fall?   What year?
# of days you prefer? (We enroll 3, 4 or 5 days):
Any special days needed?:
Any other information we should know?:

There is no fee or deposit for putting your child’s name on the waiting list.