Early Education

Preschool and Kindergarten

Start Date: September 7th, 2021

Upcoming Calendar of Events

Sept. 1st- Sept. 3rd

Preschool and Kindergarten classroom visits will take place. Bernardston and Northfield Preschool and Kindergarten teachers will contact families to schedule the individual 20-30 min classroom visits. This is an opportunity for the student to visit their school, new classroom and meet their teacher :)

September 7th

Preschool (dependent on weekly schedule) & ALL Kindergarten will begin school

School Hours

Full Day:

Monday-Thursday 8:45-3:00

Friday 8:45-12:00 (Preschool Only)


Please contact our Early Education Coordinator at 413-498-2911 ext. 118 or via email at lawm@pvrsdk12.org for questions about preschool registration and enrollment.

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year will begin Spring of 2022. Postcards will be mailed to residents with preschool aged students in February and applications will be mailed to families in March.

Please contact the elementary school directly for questions about kindergarten registration and enrollment.


Maren Law –Early Education Administrator

Brenda Beck-Administrative Assistant

Deb Wood- Coordinated Family & Community Engagement (CFCE) Coordinator woodd@pvrsdk12.org

Kristin Prophet- Early Education Special Education

Pioneer Valley Regional School District Early Education

97 F. Sumner Turner Road, Northfield, MA 01360

Phone: 413-498-2911

Fax: 413-498-0045

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 1, 2021 that resides in Bernardston, Leyden, Northfield or Warwick. To join our waitlist for the 2021-2022 school year, please contact the Early Education Office at PVRSD.


Children who will be five years of age by September 1, 2021 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.

Required Documentation

Parents/guardians will be required to submit documentation of:

    • children’s birth (birth certificate)

    • record of immunizations

    • a physical exam within the last calendar year before children begin school

    • parent questionnaire

    • 2020 tax return


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.