Welcome to the Blackstone Valley Children's Place!

A learning experience is found in every moment of a child’s life. Blackstone Valley Children’s Place provides a nurturing atmosphere that encourages every child to discover their potential through exploratory play. By providing quality educational, early childhood, and school age experiences, our professionally trained staff offers an environment that promotes creative, cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. Children gain confidence and independence, learn communication and problem solving skills; all while making friends and enjoying a full range of enrichment activities designed to prepare every child to enter kindergarten with a strong foundation in educational skills and to encourage continued growth through elementary and middle school.

10 Reasons To Choose BVCP

• Dedicated staff with valuable years of experience working with children

• Full-time Child Care Director on staff

• Full-time Curriculum Director on staff

• Onsite Administrators at all three locations

• Ongoing staff training/professional development

• Whitinsville – Preschool, Group Child Care, School Age, Summer

• Douglas – Group Child Care, School Age

• All staff Red Cross certified in First Aid and CPR

• Safe environment indoors and on playground

• Approved emergency procedures

• Security cameras - Whitinsville location; School security - Douglas locations

• Facility professionally cleaned daily

• Preparation for kindergarten

• Language and literacy development - comprehension, following directions, engaging in conversations, and expanding vocabulary

• Mathematics – numeric language, spatial relationships, measurement concepts, patterns, and counting

• Science – inquiry skills while learning about living things, our environment and physical properties of objects and materials

• Social Studies – knowledge about self, others, community and basic geographic facts

• The Arts – music and movement, dance, drama, visual arts, role playing

• Alternative Language Learning – introduction to Spanish, beginner sign language and the diverse languages of our children in the classroom

• Walking field trips – educational and recreational resources within our community

• Preschoolers have a ratio of 1:8, not 1:10

• School Age has a ratio of 1:10

• See child care program options

• Nutritional breakfast and snack provided

• Swimming lessons (Whitinsville location)

• Tap and Ballet lessons (Whitinsville location, additional cost)

• Indoor gymnasium

• Athletics programming (Whitinsville location)

• Outdoor playground (Not available for Douglas School Age)

• Large outdoor park (Whitinsville location)

• Family programming

• Parent workshops

• Ongoing personal communication between staff and parents

• Open door policy

The Scholastic Book program allows us to offer an opportunity for parents to purchase books for their child at a discounted price. Each book purchase you make results in new books for the classrooms. Flyers are distributed monthly to parents. Use the convenient online order option or send the order back to school. Either way, your child receives books at a great price and we are able to bring in new materials for them to use in the classrooms.

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Blackstone Valley Children’s Place is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

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Preschool

Offered at our Whitinsville location

Preschool is a flexible program that meets the needs of parents seeking a full day or half-day of child care. The program offers a full curriculum for children 2 years 9 months to age 5, not having gone to Kindergarten.

Professional, caring staff provide educational experiences that promote school readiness. Individual child planning, as well as creating whole group and small group experiences, is an integral part of our day here at BVCP.

Each child’s development and learning is documented and parents are encouraged to work with us to develop learning plans that specifically meet individual needs.

Preschool Curriculum

The curriculum at Blackstone Valley Children’s Place is founded on the belief that all children deserve a strong foundation in educational skills.

Young children learn by doing. Connections are formed in the brain by active participation and every child’s development will follow a different timeline.

Content areas are addressed in developmentally appropriate ways that engage children; stimulating curiosity, exploration and perseverance.

Language is the best predictor of academic success and as such is a major focus in our classrooms. The interrelationship of developmental domains allows us to craft meaningful experiences, focusing on a single curriculum area or overlapping several areas throughout the classroom.

Large group, small group and individual child planning is based on careful observations. Children’s progress and experiences are the documented foundation used to create a curriculum that is meaningful for all children and that is developmentally appropriate for each child.

Advancing knowledge in the areas of Literacy, Mathematics, The Sciences, and Social Studies; promoting Social Emotional Growth and mastering physical skills are all part of our daily curriculum.

The BVCP Staff work together to help children develop the skills and knowledge they will need for success throughout their lives.

Preschool Daily Schedule

TimeActivityDescription
Schedules Are Subject To Change
6:30amRoom 4 OpensClassroom is open for the day! This is the earliest you can drop your child off.
6:40 - 7:45amBreakfast & Free PlayBreakfast is served, activites are available across curriculum areas.
7:45-8:00amClassrooms SplitThe classroom staff and children divide and head to separate classrooms.
8:00-9:00amGym or PlaygroundEach room has a separate 1/2 hour of gross motor play.
8:30 or 9:00amMorning CircleCalendar, weather, daily jobs, and classroom attendance.
8:45-11:30amLearning CentersChildren work in learning centers exploring multiple curriculum areas. See Preschool Curriculum for more information.
9:00amSnackNutritious snack and milk provided. A time to socialize with friends.
11:30amMidday CircleStory time and concept teaching.
12:00pmLunchChildren enjoy their lunch from home with their teachers and friends.
1:00pmRest TimeA quiet time for children to rest their bodies.
2:00-5:15pmLearning CentersLearning experiences change from the morning. New activities and choices!
3:00pmSnackNutritious snack and milk provided. A time to socialize with friends.
2:30-4:00pmGym or PlaygroundEach room has a separate 1/2 hour of gross motor play.
5:15pmClassrooms MergeRoom 3 moves to Room 4 to finish out the day.
5:30pmClassrooms MergeRoom 1 moves to Room 4 to finish out the day.
5:30pmRoom 4 Is Open Table top activities and easy clean up items to finish up the day!
6:00pmClosingBlackstone Valley Children's Place closes at this time.

“The Whitin Community Center is preparing children for school by not only teaching the basic educational requirements, but by going beyond and seizing opportunities to teach the more subtle lessons of life.” D.D.B

School Age

Offered at our Douglas & Whitinsville locations

School Age is offered both before and after school.

Children who attend before school can enjoy a nutritious breakfast, play games, and enjoy social interactions.

After school, we offer children homework support, nutritious snacks, and experiences that help reinforce math, science, engineering, technology, social studies, art, and literacy skills, all while having fun and making friends.

School Age Curriculum

The curriculum at Blackstone Valley Children’s Place is founded on the belief that all children deserve a strong foundation in educational skills.

BVCP also believes that the School Age Child, after an academically oriented day at school, needs ample opportunities to practice social skills and develop positive emotional growth.

Choosing to be part of a large group, to join a small group, or to work alone is up to each child. Our teachers’ responsibility is to encourage every child to experience each of these choices.

Scheduled projects, board games, puzzles and themed centers are examples of the materials used to provide these varied opportunities. Several afternoons a week, the Athletic Department will offer sports activities and the Aquatics Department will offer open recreational swims; WCC membership and signed parental permission slips are required to participate. The children in the school age program enjoy roller skating on most Fridays and homework help is always available.

Summer School Age encompasses a full day. A themed project, opened centers, and outside play are morning choices while the afternoon again offers outside play, centers, and a new project. Our goal during the summer is to provide experiences that help the children maintain the skills they learned during the school year.

The Athletic Department will offer *tennis lessons and open recreational gym time and the Aquatics Department will offer *swim lessons and open recreational swims; WCC Membership and signed parental permission slips are required to participate.

*Denotes an additional fee will be paid when you register for the class.

School Age Daily Schedule

TimeActivityDescription
Schedules Are Subject To Change. On non-school days, the program operates from 6:30am-6:00pm
2:00-2:30pmTeacher PrepTeachers prepare classroom for students.
2:30-3:00pmBus Drop OffStaff gets children off the bus and the afternoon begins!
3:00-3:30pmSnackNutritious snack and milk provided. Time to socialize with friends.
3:00-5:30pmHomework HelpStaff works with children who are completing homework assignments.
3:00-5:30pmCenters OpenProject, math, language, art, games, science and more!
3:00-5:30pmA-La-CarteOpen Recreational swim, athletics programming and more!
5:30-6:00pmClean Up & ClosingChildren help clean up. Large learning centers are closed.
6:00pmClosingBlackstone Valley Children's Place closes for the day.

“The staff at WCC I deal with are wonderful, all of them.
My kids feel safe and cared for when I’m not around and that’s a great feeling.” Tina

Kindergarten Prep

Offered at our Whitinsville location

Did your child miss the kindergarten cut off? We may be able to help!

Join our classroom of children who turn 5 after September 1! This innovative new programming targets the children who are ready for a more structured classroom and more intensive instruction.

This program is supported by 2 full time teachers with additional staff added to maintain a staff to child ratio of no less than 1:10.

Kindergarten Prep Curriculum

The curriculum at Blackstone Valley Children’s Place is founded on the belief that all children deserve a firm foundation in educational skills.

Young children learn by doing. Connections are formed in the brain by active participation. Every child’s development will follow a different timeline and each child will have unique interests and aptitudes.

Content areas are addressed in developmentally appropriate ways that engage children; stimulating curiosity, exploration, and perseverance.

Language is one of the best predictors of academic success and as such is a major focus in our classrooms. The interrelationship of developmental domains allows us to craft meaningful experiences throughout the classroom which cross content areas.

Large group, small group, and individual child planning is based on careful observations of the children. Children’s knowledge, learning and experiences are documented and used to create curriculum that is meaningful and appropriate.

The narrowed age range, all turning 5 years old between September 2nd and February 28th, will allow us opportunities for lessons that focus on specific skills and abstract concepts. It could be as simple as scheduling 15 minutes of tying shoes or as complicated as understanding opposites! Parents will also start having the “school experience” as there will periodically be assignments sent home.

The BVCP Staff work together to help children develop the skills and knowledge they will need for success throughout their lives.

Kindergarten Prep Daily Schedule

TimeActivityDescription
Schedules Are Subject To Change
6:30amRoom 4 OpensAll group child care children begin the day in Classroom 4.
6:40 - 7:45amBreakfast & Free PlayBreakfast is served, curriculum learning centers are open.
7:45-8:00amClassrooms SplitOnce breakfast is finished; children & teachers move to Classroom 1 & 3.
8:00-8:20amMorning CircleCalendar, weather, daily jobs, and classroom attendance.
8:20-11:30amLearning CentersChildren work in learning centers exploring multiple curriculum areas. See Kindergarten Prep Curriculum for more information.
9:00amSnackNutritious snack and milk provided. A time to socialize with friends.
10:00-10:30amGym or PlaygroundGross motor skill building, structured and unstructured games.
11:30amMidday CircleStory teaching time!
12:00pmLunchChildren enjoy their lunch from home with friends and teachers.
1:00pmQuiet TimeTime for children to rest their bodies.
2:00-4:30pmLearning CentersDifferent projects and new choices!
2:00pmAfternoon CircleStory and teaching time!
2:30Gym or PlaygroundGross motor skill building, structured and unstructured games.
3:00pmSnackNutritious snack and milk provided. A time to socialize with friends.
5:00-5:30pmClassrooms MergeRoom 1 returns to Room 4 to finish out the day.
5:30pmRoom 4 Is OpenTable top activities and easy clean up items to finish up the day!
6:00pmClosingBlackstone Valley Children's Place closes at this time.

BVCP Summer EDventure

Welcome To BVCP Summer EDventure!

Welcome EDventurers! For over 45 years Blackstone Valley Children’s Place has taken pride in providing children and their families with quality care, education, and FUN! This summer we’ll be bringing back some favorite activities and adding some new ones to the mix! Roller skating in the gym, daily open recreational swimming, and our gigantic waterslide were so much fun! In addition, we’ll be adding free pizza Fridays, loads of community visits & field trips and as much fun as we can squeeze into the days! Our summer EDventures are sure to keep your child busy, engaged, and happy!

Whatever days or weeks you choose, you’ll have a blast here at Blackstone Valley Children’s Place! Each week we will introduce the children to local businesses & community organizations making a difference every day. Whether you’re interested in learning about chemistry, learning about mammals, exploring different art media, designing bridges or flying drones our programs are sure to provide your child memories to last a lifetime! Interested in adding a swim class or tennis lesson? Let us know and your child will can register for a day time class! We look forward to meeting you this Summer as you join our family!

BVCP Summer EDventure Schedule

Why Choose BVCP Summer EDventure?

Nine Weeks Of Different Themes

Choose 2, 3, or 5 Days A Week (Tu/Th, M/W/F, or M-F)

Over 45 Years Of Experience

Fully Certified

Qualified, Professional, Caring Staff

FREE Pizza Fridays

75’ Waterslide

Fun Community Engagement

How to Contact Us

Blackstone Valley Children’s Place (BVCP)
60 Main Street, Whitinsville, MA 01588
17 Gleason Court, Douglas, MA 01516

Ginny Alicea
Blackstone Valley Children’s Place Director
508.234.8184 ext. 105
Ginny.Alicea@OurGym.org

Michelle Benoit
Blackstone Valley Children’s Place School Age Administrator
508.234.8184 ext. 104
Michelle.Benoit@OurGym.org