The Gorse Children's Center offers two types of programs that historically have provided rich opportunities for children from South Hadley surrounding communities. The Gorse Children's Center is located on the grounds of Mount Holyoke College at 27 Morgan Street in South Hadley. Its building and playgrounds, as well as the campus itself, provide wonderful settings for play, exploration, and learning.
In the fall of 2009, the child study classes formerly located at the Gorse Child Study Center moved next door to the newly renovated facility at what was the StonyBrook Children’s Center. Now called The Gorse Children's Center, this expanded organization is under the management of Bright Horizons Family Solutions, and continues to offer the excellent services for children and families for which both programs are recognized. The center serves as the lab school for Mount Holyoke’s Psychology and Education Department.
The Gorse Child Study Program
The Gorse Child Study Program is a half-day program offering both morning and afternoon preschool classes, as well as an afternoon kindergarten. Classes run from September to May. The highly trained and experienced staff is augmented by Mount Holyoke College students who assist in the classroom and provide additional attention and support for the children.
The Gorse Children's Center Full-Day Program
The Gorse Children's Center also offers year-round classes for infant, toddler, preschool, and school-age (after-school) children. This full-day child care and development program offers flexibility for enrollment. Families contract for two, three, or five days and may attend for a partial day (fewer than six hours) or for a full day (between six and nine hours). Children’s care and development are supported by teacher-qualified personnel certified by the Department of Early Education and Care. Many of our teachers and assistant teachers have associate’s, bachelor’s, or master's degrees in education or related fields. Mount Holyoke College students may also assist in the preschool classrooms.
All of the programs at the Gorse Children's Center are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.