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The Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill offers full- and part-time early education and care for children infancy through preschool. The program enrolls approximately 80 children, about half of whom are affiliated with Smith College.

The mission of the program is to provide exemplary early education and care for young children; to offer a laboratory for research and fieldwork for college students and faculty; and, to support the child care needs of families.

Smith College students participate in the program in a variety of ways. Students work directly with children as members of classroom teaching teams through the Student Financial Services, and complete observations and field work for courses in the departments of education and child study, psychology, art, engineering and the landscape studies program.

The facility, completed in August 2005, is located at Fort Hill on Lyman Road, about a half-mile from the center of Northampton, Massachusetts.

The teachers at Fort Hill are dedicated and responsive to children’s individual and group needs and work collaboratively with parents to develop a community of learners. Teachers thoughtfully plan the classroom environments and the curriculum is child-centered, emerging from children’s interests and based on a deep respect for children’s potential.

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