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The Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill offers full- and part-time early education and care for children infancy through preschool. The program serves about 80 children in seven classrooms.

Fort Hill is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, year-round. The annual calendar notes the dates the Center is closed for professional activities and holidays.

The early childhood program at Fort Hill serves as a laboratory for Smith College. Students and faculty conduct research and observations and complete field work at the site. Students also work in the classrooms through the work-study program.

The program helps to meet the child care needs of Smith College employees. Benefited employees are eligible for tuition grants through the Office of Human Resources. Please click here for tuition rates.

A 12-week summer program is available to children enrolled for an academic-year. Information about the 2014 Summer Program is available here.

Infant, Toddler, Preschool
2014-2015 Academic-Year (40 weeks)

 

 

Infant

2 - 15 months

Toddler

15 months - 3-years-old after December 1st

Preschool

3-years-old by December 1st - 5-years-old

Maximum Class Size*


7


9


20

Child: Teacher Ratio*


3:1


4:1


10:1


Schedule Options


3, 4, or 5 days**


3, 4, or 5 days**


5 days

 Program Opens


8:00 am


8:00 am


8:00 am

 Departure Options***


2:45
4:45


2:45
4:45


12:45
2:45
4:45

Calendar****

Aug. 18 -
May 22

Aug. 18 –
May 22

Aug. 18–
May 22

 

*  These figures are based on Massachusetts State Law; actual class sizes and ratios may be lower

**  Part-time schedules are accommodated on a space-available basis

***  Departure time must be the same for all days of enrollment; extra time may be purchased on a space available basis

****The program closes according to the holiday schedule of Smith College and closes monthly for professional days

 

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