Y Academy at the Bolger Center

Y Academy at the Bolger Center

Y Academy at the Bolger Center for Early Childhood Education provides quality early childhood care for the children of parents working at Northfield Mount Hermon and in the surrounding community.

We provide a nurturing environment that is rich in experiences designed to encourage independence and support the development of a positive sense of self.

Our goal is to help children develop at their own pace while learning age-appropriate skills. We recognize and respect the unique qualities, abilities, and potential of each child. We provide a stimulating educational and social environment where children feel confident and secure. We are committed to supporting all aspects of children’s growth in an atmosphere of respect.

In our preschool, toddler, and infant classrooms, we offer a developmentally based program rich in dramatic play, sensory experiences, and carefully selected and varied learning materials. Our days include free play and exploration as well as teacher-directed activities in art, science, cooking, music, and movement. Our natural setting provides opportunities for developing children’s connection to and fascination with the outdoors.

Y Academy at the Bolger Center Handbook 

Contact Early Education Director, Carol Kennedy at [email protected] for more information, rates or to schedule a visit.

Birch Room Academic Year

All Locations
8/23/21 - 6/17/22
VIEW

The Birch Room provides education and care for preschoolers (generally children ages 3 to 5 but may include children ages 2 years 9 months through 5 years/kindergarten age-eligible). The preschool program curriculum is developmentally based and designed to meet the standards detailed in the Massachusetts Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences. The Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment tool is utilized to assess each child’s growth in developmental areas and in specific content areas. These assessments are also utilized in planning and developing
an individualized curriculum plan for each child.

The program provides morning and afternoon snacks for the children in Birch Room. Families provide their child’s lunch. All staff are trained in the USDA nutrition and food safety practice. We have a microwave available to heat items and a refrigerator to keep items chilled.

Birch Room has a quiet rest time each afternoon. We provide each child with a mat to rest on. Families are asked to supply a sheet and a light blanket (and a small pillow, if desired). Children who do not sleep are offered a variety of quiet, tabletop activities in their napping space or in a nearby space that can be easily supervised by the staff.
The daily schedule includes outside playtime in almost any weather – including rain. Send boots and rain gear (no umbrellas, please), if it looks like rain. When the weather is cool, sweaters or sweatshirts are needed under the raincoat.


Registration Information   ($50.00 One time registration fee)

Open Close Register At MemberVirtualNon-MemberPrescribe the Y
7/14/21 6/15/22 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-$ 0.00-

Available Sessions

Date(s) Minimum Deposit
08/23/21 - 06/17/22
Monday through Friday
$ 50.00 Register  
08/23/21 - 06/17/22
Monday Wednesday Friday
$ 50.00 Register  
08/24/21 - 06/16/22
Tuesday Thursday
$ 50.00 Register  

Birch Room Extended Year

All Locations
8/23/21 - 8/16/22
VIEW

The Birch Room provides education and care for preschoolers (generally children ages 3 to 5 but may include children ages 2 years 9 months through 5 years/kindergarten age-eligible). The preschool program curriculum is developmentally based and designed to meet the standards detailed in the Massachusetts Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences. The Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment tool is utilized to assess each child’s growth in developmental areas and in specific content areas. These assessments are also utilized in planning and developing
an individualized curriculum plan for each child.

The program provides morning and afternoon snacks for the children in Birch Room. Families provide their child’s lunch. All staff are trained in the USDA nutrition and food safety practice. We have a microwave available to heat items and a refrigerator to keep items chilled.

Birch Room has a quiet rest time each afternoon. We provide each child with a mat to rest on. Families are asked to supply a sheet and a light blanket (and a small pillow, if desired). Children who do not sleep are offered a variety of quiet, tabletop activities in their napping space or in a nearby space that can be easily supervised by the staff.
The daily schedule includes outside playtime in almost any weather – including rain. Send boots and rain gear (no umbrellas, please), if it looks like rain. When the weather is cool, sweaters or sweatshirts are needed under the raincoat.


Registration Information   ($50.00 One time registration fee)

Open Close Register At MemberVirtualNon-MemberPrescribe the Y
7/14/21 6/17/22 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-$ 0.00-

Available Sessions

Date(s) Minimum Deposit
08/23/21 - 08/15/22
Monday through Friday
$ 50.00 Register  
08/23/21 - 08/15/22
Monday Wednesday Friday
$ 50.00 Register  
08/24/21 - 08/16/22
Tuesday Thursday
$ 50.00 Register  

Maple Room Academic Year

All Locations
8/23/21 - 6/17/22
VIEW

The Maple Room provides education and care for older toddlers and young preschoolers with a maximum of 9 children (generally children ages 2 and 3 but may include children ages 15 months through 5 years) with two teachers.

The Maple Room curriculum is developmentally based and designed to meet the standards detailed in the Massachusetts Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers and Massachusetts Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences. The Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment tool is utilized to assess each child’s growth in
multiple developmental areas. These assessments are also utilized in planning and developing an individualized curriculum plan for each child.

Families provide morning and afternoon snacks, in addition to their child’s lunch. All staff are trained in the USDA nutrition and food safety practice. We have a microwave available to heat items and a refrigerator to keep items chilled. Each napping child is provided with a mat and a restful atmosphere after lunch. Families are asked to supply a sheet and a light blanket (and a small pillow, if desired). Children who awaken early are resettled, and if they do not go back to sleep, they are offered quiet activities for the remainder of the sleep or quiet activity period in a space that can be easily supervised by the staff.

The daily schedule includes outside playtime in most weather – including light rain. Send boots and rain gear (no umbrellas, please), if it looks like rain. When the weather is cool, sweaters or sweatshirts are needed under the raincoat.


Registration Information   ($50.00 One time registration fee)

Open Close Register At MemberVirtualNon-MemberPrescribe the Y
7/14/21 6/15/22 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-$ 0.00-

Available Sessions

Date(s) Minimum Deposit
08/23/21 - 06/17/22
Monday through Friday
$ 50.00 Register  
08/23/21 - 06/17/22
Monday Wednesday Friday
$ 50.00 Register  
08/24/21 - 06/16/22
Tuesday Thursday
$ 50.00 Register  

Maple Room Extended Year

All Locations
8/23/21 - 8/16/22
VIEW

The Maple Room provides education and care for older toddlers and young preschoolers with a maximum of 9 children (generally children ages 2 and 3 but may include children ages 15 months through 5 years) with two teachers.

The Maple Room curriculum is developmentally based and designed to meet the standards detailed in the Massachusetts Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers and Massachusetts Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences. The Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment tool is utilized to assess each child’s growth in
multiple developmental areas. These assessments are also utilized in planning and developing an individualized curriculum plan for each child.

Families provide morning and afternoon snacks, in addition to their child’s lunch. All staff are trained in the USDA nutrition and food safety practice. We have a microwave available to heat items and a refrigerator to keep items chilled. Each napping child is provided with a mat and a restful atmosphere after lunch. Families are asked to supply a sheet and a light blanket (and a small pillow, if desired). Children who awaken early are resettled, and if they do not go back to sleep, they are offered quiet activities for the remainder of the sleep or quiet activity period in a space that can be easily supervised by the staff.

The daily schedule includes outside playtime in most weather – including light rain. Send boots and rain gear (no umbrellas, please), if it looks like rain. When the weather is cool, sweaters or sweatshirts are needed under the raincoat.


Registration Information   ($50.00 One time registration fee)

Open Close Register At MemberVirtualNon-MemberPrescribe the Y
7/14/21 8/8/22 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-$ 0.00-

Available Sessions

Date(s) Minimum Deposit
08/23/21 - 08/15/22
Monday through Friday
$ 50.00 Register  
08/23/21 - 08/15/22
Monday Wednesday Friday
$ 50.00 Register  
08/24/21 - 08/16/22
Tuesday Thursday
$ 50.00 Register  

Oak Room Academic Year

All Locations
8/23/21 - 6/17/22
VIEW

The Oak Room provides education and care for infants ages 3 months through 15 months with a maximum group size of 7 children with two teachers. The Oak Room curriculum is developmentally based and designed to meet the standards detailed in the Massachusetts Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers. The Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment tool is utilized to assess each child’s growth in multiple developmental areas. These assessments are also utilized in planning and developing an individualized curriculum plan for each child.

Parents provide pre-made bottles and food for their infant. All staff are trained in the USDA nutrition and food safety practice. A refrigerator with a freezer is available for storing breast milk. Infants sleep and eat as their needs demand. Cribs are provided and children utilize them in accordance with our Infant Sleep Safety Policy.

Outside time is determined by the ages and abilities of the children in the group. Teachers may split the group to take older children outside while younger children have morning naps or take part of the group for a walk in the multi-seat stroller while others play on the playground or indoors.


Registration Information   ($50.00 One time registration fee)

Open Close Register At MemberVirtualNon-MemberPrescribe the Y
7/14/21 6/15/22 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-$ 0.00-

Available Sessions

Date(s) Minimum Deposit
08/23/21 - 06/17/22
Monday through Friday
$ 50.00 Register  
08/23/21 - 06/17/22
Monday Wednesday Friday
$ 50.00 Register  
08/24/21 - 06/16/22
Tuesday Thursday
$ 50.00 Register  

Oak Room Extended Year

All Locations
8/23/21 - 8/15/22
VIEW

The Oak Room provides education and care for infants ages 3 months through 15 months with a maximum group size of 7 children with two teachers. The Oak Room curriculum is developmentally based and designed to meet the standards detailed in the Massachusetts Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers. The Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment tool is utilized to assess each child’s growth in multiple developmental areas. These assessments are also utilized in planning and developing an individualized curriculum plan for each child.

Parents provide pre-made bottles and food for their infant. All staff are trained in the USDA nutrition and food safety practice. A refrigerator with a freezer is available for storing breast milk. Infants sleep and eat as their needs demand. Cribs are provided and children utilize them in accordance with our Infant Sleep Safety Policy.

Outside time is determined by the ages and abilities of the children in the group. Teachers may split the group to take older children outside while younger children have morning naps or take part of the group for a walk in the multi-seat stroller while others play on the playground or indoors.


Registration Information   ($50.00 One time registration fee)

Open Close Register At MemberVirtualNon-MemberPrescribe the Y
7/14/21 8/16/22 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-$ 0.00-

Available Sessions

Date(s) Minimum Deposit
08/23/21 - 08/15/22
Monday through Friday
$ 50.00 Register  
08/23/21 - 08/15/22
Monday Wednesday Friday
$ 50.00 Register  
08/23/21 - 08/15/22
Tuesday Thursday
$ 50.00 Register  

Pine Room Academic Year

All Locations
8/23/21 - 6/17/22
VIEW

The Pine Room provides education and care for older infants and young toddlers with a maximum of 9 children with two teachers (generally children ages 1 to 2 years though the group may include children ages 3 months to 2 years 9 months-only 3 children in the group may be under 15 months).

The Pine Room curriculum is developmentally based and designed to meet the standards detailed in the Massachusetts Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers. The Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment tool is utilized to assess each child’s growth in multiple developmental areas. These assessments are also utilized in planning and developing an individualized curriculum plan for each child. Families provide morning and afternoon snacks, in addition to their child’s lunch. All staff are trained in the USDA nutrition and food safety practice. We have a microwave available to heat items and a refrigerator to keep items chilled.

Each napping child is provided with a mat and a restful atmosphere in the afternoon, and when needed, in the morning. Families are asked to supply a sheet and a light blanket and/or a small pillow. Children under 12 months will nap in cribs (Please refer to the Infant Sleep Safety Policy). Children who awaken early are resettled, and if they do not go back to sleep, they are offered quiet activities for the remainder of the sleep or quiet activity period in a space that can be easily supervised by the staff.

Outside time is determined by the ages and abilities of the children in the group. Teachers may split the group to take older children outside while younger children have morning naps.


Registration Information   ($50.00 One time registration fee)

Open Close Register At MemberVirtualNon-MemberPrescribe the Y
7/14/21 6/13/22 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-$ 0.00-

Available Sessions

Date(s) Minimum Deposit
08/23/21 - 06/17/22
Monday through Friday
$ 50.00 Register  
08/23/21 - 06/17/22
Monday Wednesday Friday
$ 50.00 Register  
08/24/21 - 06/16/22
Tuesday Thursday
$ 50.00 Register  

Pine Room Extended Year

All Locations
8/23/21 - 8/16/22
VIEW

The Pine Room provides education and care for older infants and young toddlers with a maximum of 9 children with two teachers (generally children ages 1 to 2 years though the group may include children ages 3 months to 2 years 9 months-only 3 children in the group may be under 15 months).

The Pine Room curriculum is developmentally based and designed to meet the standards detailed in the Massachusetts Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers. The Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment tool is utilized to assess each child’s growth in multiple developmental areas. These assessments are also utilized in planning and developing an individualized curriculum plan for each child. Families provide morning and afternoon snacks, in addition to their child’s lunch. All staff are trained in the USDA nutrition and food safety practice. We have a microwave available to heat items and a refrigerator to keep items chilled.

Each napping child is provided with a mat and a restful atmosphere in the afternoon, and when needed, in the morning. Families are asked to supply a sheet and a light blanket and/or a small pillow. Children under 12 months will nap in cribs (Please refer to the Infant Sleep Safety Policy). Children who awaken early are resettled, and if they do not go back to sleep, they are offered quiet activities for the remainder of the sleep or quiet activity period in a space that can be easily supervised by the staff.

Outside time is determined by the ages and abilities of the children in the group. Teachers may split the group to take older children outside while younger children have morning naps.


Registration Information   ($50.00 One time registration fee)

Open Close Register At MemberVirtualNon-MemberPrescribe the Y
7/14/21 6/15/22 Online / Front Desk $ 0.00-$ 0.00-

Available Sessions

Date(s) Minimum Deposit
08/23/21 - 08/15/22
Monday through Friday
$ 50.00 Register  
08/23/21 - 08/15/22
Monday Wednesday Friday
$ 50.00 Register  
08/24/21 - 08/16/22
Tuesday Thursday
$ 50.00 Register