Early Education

Sept. 6th - First Day for Preschool & Kindergarten

Preschool & Kindergarten Classroom Visits

August 31st - September 2nd

Your child’s teacher will be contacting you to arrange a date and time for you and your child to visit the classroom

First Week of School

September 6th - September 9th

Kindergarten students will attend full days Tuesday-Friday

Pre-Kindergarten students will attend their scheduled days, with a noon dismissal on Friday.

Preschool Hours

Monday-Thursday 8:45-3:00
Friday 8:45-12:00 (Preschool Only)

Phone (413) 498-2911 Fax (413) 498-0045

Early Education Staff

Maren Law, Early Childhood Coordinator

Brenda Beck, Administrative Assistant

Deb Wood, Coordinated Family & Community Engagement (CFCE) Coordinator

Pioneer Valley Regional School District Early Education Program

We welcome you to the Early Education Programs of the Pioneer Valley Regional School District, and hope the following information is helpful to you and your child. Knowing that early experiences set the stage for a life-long love of learning, our school district is committed to providing our youngest students with the best possible early education and care, in safe, nurturing and enriching environments.


The Pioneer Valley Regional School District (PVRSD) Early Education offers programming for 3, 4, and 5 year olds and their families residing in Bernardston, Leyden, Northfield and Warwick. The curriculum includes experiences in art, music, physical, social and cognitive development. We strive for an individualized program to meet the needs of each child’s developmental level and learning style. Opportunities for learning occur in individual, small and large group settings. The schedule is designed to provide a balance of active play, exploration and rest periods. A research based assessment tool, DIAL-4, is used to measure student developmental progress three times a year. To initiate positive communication, teachers meet with parents through an introductory visit and two parent teacher conferences annually. It is our goal to ensure that parents have opportunity to be involved in setting goals for their children, are well informed of their child’s progress and engaged in the process of Kindergarten transition. Teachers are also available to meet with parents as needed. Children identified with special needs will be evaluated upon entry into our program. Special Education Services will be determined through evaluation and an individual plan will be developed if eligibility is determined.


Preschool is open to any child who has turned 3 by September 1st that resides in Bernardston, Leyden, Northfield or Warwick.


Children who will be five years of age by September 1st are eligible for kindergarten at Pioneer Valley Regional Schools

To pick up a Registration packet you must have your child's official birth certificate (not hospital record) and proof of residence (i.e., utility bill)

All children entering kindergarten are required to have a 5 year old physical examination. Forms will be in the registration packet and should be completed and returned to the school as soon as possible.


Preschool parents are responsible for transporting their children to and from school. Extended day programs are not available for preschool students.


The preschool program is supported by parent tuition and local school budget funds. A sliding fee scale is used to determine tuition.


Children may bring a school lunch or buy a lunch from the cafeteria.