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
- To provide a creative and enriching environment for
- To provide a healthy and physically safe environment.
- To foster respect for cultural diversity and family
- 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.
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
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.