Early Education

School Hours

Bernardston Preschool & Kindergarten

Full Day:

Monday-Thursday 8:45-3:00

Friday 8:45-12:00

Preschool Only

Monday-Friday 9:00-11:30 (limited availability)

Northfield Preschool & Kindergarten

Full Day:

Monday-Thursday 8:55-3:10

Friday 8:55-12:00

Preschool Only

Monday-Friday 9:00-11:30 (limited availability)

Pearl Rhodes and Warwick Community School

Kindergarten: Five (5) days per week, with Friday a half day for all students

Preschool: Five (5) days per week, with Friday a half day for all students

Daily Schedule:

Full Day – 8:45-3:00

Half Day – 8:45-11:30 (limited availability)

Friday Early Release – 8:45-11:30

Fridays are used for Teacher Planning, Professional Development and Home Visits


Please contact Brenda Beck at 413-498-2911 ext. 605 or via email at beckb@pvrsdk12.org for questions about preschool registration and enrollment.

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


Christine Maguire –Early Education Administrator

Brenda Beck-Administrative Assistant

Deb Wood- Early Education Outreach

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.

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
    • 2017 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, a combination and local school budget funds, and Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care grants. A sliding fee scale is used to determine tuition. Children may bring a school lunch or buy a lunch from the cafeteria.