Children's Center

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    The children benefit from a low student-teacher ratio, as Dean College Early Childhood Education students work with college faculty and Children's Center Staff in the center.  Learn More »
    The focus of the Children's Center is to provide students real world experiences under the guidance of professionals. We are always looking for more children to be part of our center.  Learn More »
  • An Innovative and Inspiring Environment for Children

    The Dean College Children’s Center is a fully accredited on-campus early childhood program for area preschoolers, ages 2.9 through 6 years old.  The program is designed to encourage maximum development of a child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth.  Teachers have at least a bachelor’s degree in early childhood or a related field and have extensive experience teaching young children.

    All staff have earned Department of Early Education and Care Preschool Teacher qualification and some have attained the highest preschool teaching credentials offered by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, including Preschool Lead Teacher and Director.

    Schedule a Visit

    You can schedule a visit to see the program, obtain more information, or request an application, by calling us at 508-541-1598. The Children's Center office can also be reached by email at

    Open Enrollment

    There is no deadline to enroll your child in our program. Click here to apply today! 

     Children's Center Mission:

    • To provide children 2 years 9 months old to 6 years old an initial school experience that reflects current research in child development and early childhood education.
    • To provide a practicum site for Dean students preparing for careers in child care, education and other fields.
    • To provide demonstration teaching, resources and support for families and area child care providers.

    Hours of Staffing and Costs

     DaysHours Days  Cost (Per Academic Year) 
     2-Day Mornings 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM  Tues/Thurs $2,343
     3-Day Mornings 8:30 AM -12:15 PM Mon/Wed/Fri $3,498
     5-Day Afternoons 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM Mon-Fri $4,653
     5-Day Mornings 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM Mon-Fri $5,841
     5-Day Full Days 8:30 AM - 3:15 PM Mon-Fri $8,900


    Children's Center Staff

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  • Director of Children's Center

    Joanne Hogan has been in the field of early childhood education since 1989. She has worked at three other campus-based preschool programs, all of which were NAEYC accredited, in the roles of preschool teacher, lead teacher, and director.
  • NAEYC Accredited

    Dean College's Children's Center holds NAEYC's national accreditation. The NAEY's accreditation system has set professional standards for early childhood education programs, allowing families to find high-quality programs for their children.