The Gorse Children's Center at Stonybrook

The Gorse Children's Center

The Gorse Children's Center offers two types of programs that historically have provided rich opportunities for children from South Hadley surrounding communities. Our programs serve infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners.  We also provide after-school care for kindergarten through third grade, and back-up care.

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. The center serves as the lab school for Mount Holyoke’s Psychology and Education Department.

Children who attend the Gorse Children's Center come from South Hadley, Granby, Belchertown, Chicopee, Holyoke and other surrounding communities. While no College affiliation is required for enrollment, children of full-time members of the Mount Holyoke College Community are offered admission priority.

The Center's management partner, Bright Horizons, manages a scholarship program for Mount Holyoke employees.

Child Study Preschool and Kindergarten Programs

The Gorse Child Study Program at the Gorse Children’s Center serves young children, ages 2.9 to 6, in a planned but flexible learning environment. We offer four half-day programs: three preschool groups (two in the morning and one in the afternoon) and an afternoon kindergarten. Class sizes are between twelve and sixteen children. We follow the academic calendar of Mount Holyoke College, September through May.

Full-Day Programs

Our Full-Day Programs offer full-day care (6-9 hours) and part-day options (up to 6 hours) for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, plus an after-school program for kindergarten through third grade. The environments are thoughtfully planned, yet flexible. The full-day classes function year round, with summer programs as well. Class sizes are appropriate for the ages of the children, and follow Department of Early Education and Care guidelines. 

Both the Child Study Programs and the Full-Day Programs are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
For information and an application, contact the Gorse office at 413-533-3351, or go to or