For over four decades, the Community School has been a vital resource for families in Maynard and its surrounding communities. The Community School has provided high-quality, age-appropriate, affordable early childhood education to the children of the area for years. It opened its doors in 1968 as a nursery school, offering the area's first free, licensed kindergarten since the public schools did not offer kindergarten at the time.
In 1972, it changed to a private, not-for-profit organization, with a volunteer board of directors. The school then expanded its services in 1975, launching a year-round child-care program in addition to its existing morning-only pre-school program.
The Community School has been a critical resource for families in Maynard and beyond for more than 40 years, offering quality and accessible early childhood education for kids in the area.
We devote a large part of each school day to play — through play, children learn how to plan, create, solve problems, negotiate, make connections, and develop language, cognitive, social, as well as fine and gross motor skills.
We know that each child will progress through a predictable series of milestones at his or her own pace, so we develop individualized expectations for each child. Using their knowledge of child development, our educators design the curriculum using a balance of child-initiated and teacher-selected activities. Each day, we offer a variety of learning experiences that encourage each child to work to his or her ability level. We believe that families are our partners in this process.
Connected to our Community
We are so fortunate to be located in the heart of downtown Maynard. We consider the town to be one of our classrooms and we plan weekly “Community Connections” to interact with the nature, local businesses, community helpers, and cultural district that surround our school.