At Dartmouth Children's Center we believe children thrive in a nurturing environment, where each child is valued as an individual and recognized as part of a family. The family is an integral part of the center. Their input is requested and respected at all times. We strive to foster family values and to create a network of family and community supports, to develop respect and tolerance for diversity in culture and beliefs.

Each child travels his own developmental path. As early childhood professionals, we recognize the importance of allowing children to grow in all aspects at their own pace. We provide an enriching and inviting environment for children to learn through exploration. Through trained developmental guidance the team of staff work together to encourage a holistic approach to support children and families though the wondrous years of early childhood.

  • To enhance a child's social emotional well being through positive interactions with peers and adults. Children will feel secure, learn to trust, learn to care, build self-esteem and confidence, and socialize with children and adults positively.
  • To enhance a child's cognitive, language and physical development through their own unique developmental progressions.
  • To provide a creative and enriching environment for self expression
  • To provide a healthy and physically safe environment.
  • To foster respect for cultural diversity and family values.
  • To support parents in reaching their own personal values and goals of what they would like to achieve as a parent.
  • To participate in a network of community support
  • To offer peace of mind to families knowing their children are happy, safe and nurtured when they cannot be with them.
  • To provide flexible care and convenience for working families struggling to balance the many responsibilities of raising children.

The Corporation
Dartmouth Children's Center began as a family owned and operated corporation. It is currently co- owned by individuals committed to providing caring services to children and families. Owner, Cristine Morrissette, brings experience as a pediatric occupational therapist from early intervention through school age. Co-owner, Kristen Fiano, brings a background of musical education which culturally enriches center activities. We are licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care and accept applicants regardless of race, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, and marital status. The organization is committed to providing high quality childcare and developmental programming, which reflects the needs and expectations of the families it serves. The Massachusetts state licensing regulations are on file in the main office. Families are welcome to review them upon request.

Dartmouth Children's Center offers several programs. They include Infant/Toddlers, Preschool, and School Age. During the summer, the school age program offers full and part time care. The organizational structure for all the programs are:

Board of Directors


Lead Teachers





Equal Opportunity Policy:

The Dartmouth Children's Center prohibits discrimination against any individual on the basis of race, cultural heritage, national origin, marital status, religion, political beliefs, disability, or sexual orientation.



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