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Early Childhood

Mary Johnson Children’s Center is a NAEYC accredited program located in Middlebury Vermont that has been servicing
the community since 1970.

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 3 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.

School Hours

Families may choose a three, four or five day program.

Infants (3 months to 18 months)

8:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Toddler (18 months to 30 months)

7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Preschool (30 months and older)

7:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.





3 months- 18 months


18 months - 30 months


30 months - 3 1/2 years


3 years - 4 years


4 years - 5 years

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