Early Education and Care
To achieve equity in education, from kindergarten through college, we must first understand that the majority of a child’s cognitive brain development occurs before the age of 5. Therefore, while we address and provide mental health, social and academic support for those engaged in our services and programs, we recognize that beyond the age of 5, much of our efforts and interventions are necessary due to early childhood developmental needs not being met.
While we at NorthStar continue working to expand the horizons of opportunity for all the people we serve, we recognize that when we are intentional and strategic in investing our efforts in providing excellent, accessible and affordable early childhood education, we are simultaneously making ripples of long-term change with each student we touch and teach.
Our Center-Based Programs
We provide high-quality, enriched, nurturing child development services for children aged 1 month up to kindergarten. Our two centers offer safe, planned learning environments and curricula that promote children’s cognitive, language, social, emotional, and physical development. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, we are one of 21 Recommended High Performing School Readiness Organizations in Massachusetts (Root Cause/Social Impact Research). We are intentional in our approach to view and treat parents as partners to support their children’s success.
Foster Grandparent Program
NorthStar has been a volunteer site of Coastline Elderly Services Foster Grandparent Program since 1983. The goals of a Foster Grandparent Volunteer is to enhance and cultivate a positive learning environment, focusing on literacy and academics, communication, and social skills. This program provides a way for our elderly to stay active and meaningfully engaged with children in their communities while simultaneously enriching early education learning experiences.
Foster Grandparents volunteer a minimum of 15 hours each week and receive a small tax-free stipend for their time and commitment.
Our Early Education and Care Programs:
Are based on research findings about how children learn
Follow state early education curriculum and assessment standards
Are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children
Are culturally relevant and responsive
Believe families are a source of strength and knowledge
Parents and volunteers are welcomed to come share their gifts and talents with us.