About Our Program

We are pleased to announce that we have met Full Enrollment for our 2021/22 reopening in September!


Information for our 2022/23 Open House Event dates will be posted here in Jan.-Feb. 2022 and in Local Media Press Releases.

  • Submitting an Application for 2022/23 Enrollment is the first-step in being placed on our 2022/23 Enrollment Waitlist.
  • Enrollment Slot Offers are made by matching Waitlisted Applications to available Enrollment Slot Openings, on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • Applications are made available at Open House Events.

We expect to meet full enrollment for our 2022/23 academic year before May 2022. 


Choosing a quality preschool program is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent of a young child.

Dalton Preschool strives to provide a caring, safe and supportive environment for children and their families.

Dalton Preschool, (formerly known as Dalton Co-op Nursery School), is a non-profit preschool which has been a community institution committed to providing quality Early Educational Programming for young children since 1969. We are fully licensed through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care as a group preschool program and serve to enhance the natural growth and development of children from 2 yrs. 9 mo. to 5 yrs. old. We strive to provide a classroom environment that is committed to the social value of kindness, and a small student body with higher than required student-to-teacher ratios. The goal of our program is to create a developmentally appropriate, nurturing, and stimulating curriculum in which children of varying back-grounds, interests, and abilities can develop meaningful social, emotional, and physical learning experiences.

In the Summer of 2015,  Dalton Preschool began a new chapter in our long history with the hiring of our current Administrative Director/Lead Teacher, Paula Harris, who has 20+ years of professional experience partnering with children and families in our area. Our preschool program has greatly benefited under Ms. Harris’s professional leadership, beginning with our relocation to a beautifully renovated classroom space within the Dalton CRA building, an improved curriculum, updated equipment and materials, and an effort to increase connections through community outreach. Our classroom  includes a convenient, attached student restroom, a fenced, private Outdoor Play Space with a padded climber area, sandbox, grassy lawn, and a paved area for trike riding. We also have access to the CRA gyms on inclement weather days.

Dalton Preschool is very proud to share that visiting professionals in the field of Early Childhood Education have offed the following praise and admiration of our program:

“…an engaging, play-filled learning environment, with children who seem to genuinely care for one another”

and as, “…a real gem in our community!”