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The Early Childhood Center, located at Bridge Street School, is led by Barbara Black, Early Childhood Coordinator. The mission of the center is to support the families and young children of Northampton. Please call with any questions - We are here for you and your children!  If you are new to Northampton and would like to be considered for future openings for the 2016-2017 school year please call the preschool office at: (413) 587-1471.

Integrated Preschool

The Northampton Public Schools Preschool offers a half day (morning and afternoon) integrated preschool program that meets 4 days a week for 3- and 4-year old children who live in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds. The Early Childhood Program follows the Northampton Public School calendar. Starting in the fall of 2016 our program will be offered at both Bridge Street School and Leeds Elementary School. The Leeds program will includes a full-day option for 4-year-old children. 

The program includes children who are typically developing as well as those with special needs. The Northampton integrated preschool setting allows all children to participate to their fullest capacities in the mainstream of education. Special support services are provided within the classroom as needed.

Please call 413-587-1471 with any questions and to find out how to apply. 

Area Preschool Options

There are many wonderful preschool options in Northampton. A list is available at the bottom of this page.

Our NPS Kindergarten Program

Please click this link for details about our Kindergarten Program and registration process.

Parent Educator/Early Childhood Specialist

Erika Frank, our Early Childhood Specialist/Parent Educator, has more than 20 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education.  She works closely with Barbara Black, and is here to help if you have concerns about your child's development, or if you have any parenting questions/concerns or need support about parenting issues.During the school year, we also provide parent workshops on a variety of topics. Parent Workshop Topics have included: Routines, Transitions, Sleep, Behavior Management Strategies, and Eating. Erika is also the Evaluation Team Leader for the Preschool program at the Bridge Street School. Please contact her at (413) 587-1465.

Northampton/Hadley Family Connection (CFCE)

The Northampton/Hadley Family Connection supports services and activities for young children and families throughout the city and our wider community. We directly fund and staff the groups and activities below -- the PCHP program, the Northampton Parents Center, and the Hadley Playgroup -- as well as organize informational evenings and the Week of the Young Child celebration in April. Formerly known as the Northampton/Hadley CFCE, we are sponsored by a CFCE (Coordinated Family and Community Engagement) grant from the Massachusetts EEC. 

For more information, please check out our website at northamptonfamilies.com, email us at earlychildhood@northampton-k12.us, or call 413-587-1471.

Early Bird Newsletter

The Northampton Early Childhood team publishes a seasonal newsletter. Get parenting tips, cooking ideas, and thoughtful approaches to child development. Newsletters are available at the bottom of this page.

Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP)

A home-based literacy, school readiness, and parenting program for Northampton and Hadley parents and their toddlers and preschoolers, which promotes learning and language development through the use of books and toys. PCHP emphasizes verbal interaction and learning through play. Home Visitors help you to realize your role as your child's first and most important teacher. They generate excitement about learning at home through toys, books, and play.

Did you know:

  • you are your child's first and most important teacher
  • your home is your child's first classroom
  • your child learns best through play
  • the more you read, speak, or sing to your child the better he or she will do in school

For more information, contact Mandy Gerry - mgerry@northampton-k12.us or 413-587-3677.

Northampton Parents Center

Open Monday - Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
297 Main Street - Lower Level
Northampton, MA 01060

Director: Swansea Benham Bleicher - (413)-582-2636


Hadley Playgroup

Whole Children Inc.
41 Russell Street
Hadley, MA 01035

Open Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

For information on the Hadley Playgroup, contact Mandy Gerry - mgerry@northampton-k12.us or 413-587-3677.

Bridge Street School
Early Childhood Center
20 Parsons Street
Northampton, MA 01060

(413) 587-1471

Staff Information

Barbara Black - Coordinator

Pamela Smith - Program Assistant

Erika Frank - ETL/Early Childhood Specialist/Parent Educator 

(413) 587-1465

Mandy Gerry  - Parent Child Home Program Coordinator/Home Visitor

(413) 587-3677

Rebecca Nacsin and Nilja Gonzalez- Speech/Language Pathologist Assistants

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Other Links:
 Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC)
 Northampton Parents Center


Program Coordinator:
Barbara Black 

Phone: (413) 587-1471 

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