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North Adams Community Schools offers high quality, engaging and developmentally appropriate preschool programs supporting early literacy and school readiness. We prepare our young learners for strong, well-developed reading and literacy readiness skills, so their entrance into our kindergarten program is a successful transition. 

Our preschool students are taught by highly qualified, certified educators that value the importance of early skill development. Our teachers and instructional assistants seek to foster independent, child-centered growth in a "Play to Learn" environment with a low teacher-to-student ratio. 

Our offerings include:

  • 4/5year old class 5 days a week from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • 4/5-year-old class 4 days a week (no Wednesdays) from 11:45 to 2:45 p.m.
  • Two 3-year-old options. Both are 4 days a week (no classes Wednesdays). One is 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. and the other is 11:45 to 2:45 p.m.  

Preschool is open to all students ages 3, 4, and 5. We promote integrated learning environments for students of all learning types and all ability levels. Our preschoolers who have been identified with special needs are now integrated into our preschool classrooms and our Special Ed preschool teacher stays involved in the classrooms as well as pulls students out who need additional services. 

We are committed to providing affordable and accessible opportunities for our young learners to receive the vital early learning foundation needed for academic success throughout their years ahead. For families that meet income eligibility requirements, sliding-scale, income-based preschool services are available.

We additionally offer before and after school childcare for our preschool students; before the morning Pre-K session from 6:00 to 7:30 a.m. and after the afternoon session until 6:00 p.m. We refer to our daycare as BEST (Bellmont Extended School Time).

Our preschool programs are licensed Path to Quality Level 3 and accept both CCDF vouchers as well as On My Way Pre-K vouchers, which means free preschool/daycare for those who qualify.

All families and students are welcome at North Adams Community Schools. We pride ourselves on being the choice district with a premier preschool program for our school community and surrounding areas. Our quality preschool programs and services are designed to meet the needs of our students and families and we are dedicated to providing the most enjoyable school experience to each family we serve. We focus on growing a love for learning and school in each of our young learners. Come experience our program! 

If there are questions related to Preschool or Childcare, contact the Director of Preschool and Childcare programs, Erica Grote at 724-3137 ext. 3126 or email