The Barn offers two, three, and four day programs for children ranging from 2 years 9 months to 5 years of age. The two day morning program is designed as an introductory program for children 2 years 9 months to 4 years old. Children who will go on to spend another year in preschool before attending kindergarten are eligible for this program. The three and four day morning programs, as well as three day afternoon, are open to children ages: 2 years 9 months, 3, 4 and 5. In addition to our traditional curriculum, all children 3+ may participate in a Thursday afternoon program, Explorers, during which the Barn staff will work in collaboration with others from our community to provide in depth exploration of such topics as creative arts and movement, natural sciences, engineering, music and cooking. The needs and interests of the children enrolled in the class will be considered in choosing areas of study.
The Barn also offers Together! a unique program for 2-3 year olds.
Morning Classes (9:00 – 11:30 AM)
2-Day AM: Monday & Tuesday
3-Day AM: Wednesday through Friday
4-Day AM: Tuesday through Friday
Afternoon Class (1:00 – 3:30 PM)
3-Day PM: Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday
The Acton Barn Cooperative, Inc. shall not discriminate in providing services to children and their families on the basis of race, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs, marital status, disability, national origin, toilet training status or sexual orientation.
Extended Day, Come to Lunch and Flexible Dismissal Options
The Barn offers families an additional option of sending children for an extended day, subject to the child’s readiness being approved by a teacher.
For morning students, “extended day” is Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:30-2:30 and “stay to lunch” is offered Monday through Friday from 11:30-1:00. On Monday through Friday, children in the afternoon class may “come to lunch” at 11:30 and join their class at 1:00.
To accommodate family schedules, we offer flexible dismissal times between 3:30 and 4:00 for children in the afternoon class. Parents may select these extended day and flexible dismissal options for their child on a yearly basis or may call-in weekly for individual days, space permitting.
The Barn provides several opportunities to acquaint children and parents with the school, to lessen the anxiety your child may feel about this new challenge and change in routine. As parents and teachers we feel it is important to do everything possible to ensure that your child’s first school experience is happy and positive.
Class Get-togethers: In the late summer, children and parents meet in small groups in classmates’ homes for brief social gatherings. This provides your child with the opportunity to meet a few classmates in a relaxed environment, and allows you to meet fellow parents. These gatherings are held at the home of a current Barn member, giving new members another opportunity to ask questions. Lasting friendships are born here; for your child it means that, on the first day of school, many of the faces will be familiar.
Home Visit: Each year, your child’s teacher will visit your child in your home prior to the first day of school. This is a very special time for both your child and the teacher, as it provides an opportunity for the two to begin to develop a one-on-one relationship (or, in future years, to enjoy an existing relationship). Because this first visit occurs in a setting in which your child is comfortable, the teacher is able to see what things are important to your child, how your child likes to communicate, and perhaps get a sense of what will put your child at ease. The teacher will talk a little bit with your child about the routines at the Barn, and what to expect on the first day of school, but for the most part this visit is child-driven. Children returning to the Barn look forward to this visit with excitement, frequently planning out their visit in great detail.
Barn Gathering: On the weekend prior to the first day of school, there is a brief gathering at the Barn. During this visit, which is open to the whole family, children can find the personalized cubby, mailbox, and cup they will each be using throughout the school year. Teachers will be there to greet every child, and to talk a little about what they might see in the coming days. In this way, each child feels welcomed, and the Barn is a more familiar place on the first day of school.
Slow Start: The first few days of school are shorter sessions. Parents attend with their children in groups smaller than a full class. It is not uncommon for children to feel anxious about being at school. Your child’s teacher will work with you to find ways to increase the child’s comfort and confidence in the new surroundings.
TOGETHER! A program for 2-3 year olds at the Acton Barn Cooperative Nursery School
The Acton Barn Cooperative Nursery School is offering an exciting program for two and three year old children run by experienced teachers to be held on Mondays from 10:30-11:45AM. The Together! Program includes stories, music and movement, art, small group activities, socialization opportunities, and outside time for play. Together! is open to children 2-3 years old and, similar to a mommy-and-me program, children must be accompanied by a caregiver. We welcome moms, dads, grandparents, nannies and other caring adults along with their children to enjoy this special Together! program with us. Each session will run for 5 weeks.
- Session I – September 25, October 2, 16, 23, 30 (Please note we will be closed October 9 for Indigenous People’s Day)
- Session II – November 13, 20, 27, December 4,11
- Session III – March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2
- Session IV – April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21
Program cost: $50 per session. Please click a session above to download an enrollment form for that session.
Location: Acton Barn Cooperative Preschool
32 Nagog Park
Contact : Nancy Tang @ firstname.lastname@example.org or (978)263-0486
“We have experienced The Barn through the eyes of our three daughters, and cannot say enough about the impact it has had on our family’s life. The teachers are lovingly invested in the life of each student and it is felt as a ripple throughout the school community. In an age when many schools are shifting their focus to academics at an early age, the Barn continues to live by its philosophy of “Learning through Play.” Also, two of our daughters have life-threatening allergies, and the procedures in place for snack and lunch guaranteed that our girls could enjoy snack with their friends safely and with confidence. (And taught us a great deal about how to navigate public dining experiences safely!) We feel confident that the two years each of our children have spent at the Barn will impact the rest of their learning and living; they are better people because of the warm and caring environment that nurtured them through their first years of schooling.”