ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS
We learn a lot when topics interest us. Children are no different.
For over 35 years, the Infant Toddler Children’s Center (ITC), a non-profit early childhood center in Acton, MA, has been providing exemplary care and an exciting learning environment for children, aged 3 months to 8 years.
We strive to foster inquisitive, exploratory, and inspired learners comfortable indoors and in the natural world. ITC’s curriculum is influenced by thinkers including Jean Piaget, Magda Gerber and the Reggio Emilia schools in Italy and provides a safe and supportive environment to foster children’s ability to take healthy risks academically and socially.
Children guide the curriculum through expressed interests and questions, play choices, and approach to materials. Teachers are responsive care givers who know each child well, can stimulate new ideas, provide new experiences, and support a child’s exploration. Teachers choose materials and plan activities that challenge children to wonder, use resources, try new strategies and express their thinking.
Our school is wholly committed to encouraging a child's innate interest in and affinity for the natural world. Teachers from infancy through school age reinforce relationships with nature through daily opportunities for outdoor play, excursions to our surrounding woods, and eventually through an on-staff naturalist. Music, art, and science are other important aspects of our curriculum. More information can be found through the Infant & Toddler or Preschool pages.
Exploring the outdoors is woven into every age group, from infancy through school-age. ITC is located in a renovated and expanded farmhouse situated on 3.5 acres, allowing children daily interaction with nature and the outdoors while maintaining a safe, warm, and home-like atmosphere inside. Each of ITC's 10 classrooms have direct access to an age-appropriate, dedicated outdoor playground, and access to our adjacent "Little Woods".
ITC’s is a well-established leader in the community and the field of early childhood education. ITC educators advocate beyond ITC, through discussion-based collaborations and presentations facilitated at local and national conferences, including an annual teacher conference hosted at ITC.
We extend community to our families through class potlucks, our annual art show, parent's nights out, and relevant speaker events.
Parents receive daily communication through personal interactions with teachers and class log stories, as well as scheduled parent-teacher conferences throughout the year.
CALENDAR and hours
ITC is open 7:45 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday year-round. ITC closes the two weeks leading up to Labor Day, the last week of December, for major holidays, and two annual professional development days. See the calendar for current schedule information.
Families benefit from flexible scheduling. Full- and part-time schedules are available with a minimum of 8 hours per week.