We are located in an historic one-room schoolhouse overlooking the small village of Williamsville, Vermont. The light-filled schoolroom and scenic grounds including trails, fields, and even a frog pond, provide a cheerful setting for learning through cooperative and independent play and exploration.
We accept children ages 3-5 years old for 2, 3, and 5 day morning programs and also for our afternoon program. Normal hours are from 8:00 am to 12:00, 1:00, 3:00, or 4:00 pm. Early drop-off is available beginning at 7:30 am and late pick-up is available until 4:30 pm to support our working families. Timson Hill Preschool offers free 10 hours or preschool. This opportunity, a result of State ACT 166 funding, is offered to students that reside in the towns of Jamaica, Marlboro, Newfane, Brookline, Townshend, Wardsboro, and Stratton in the District of Windham Central.
At Timson Hill we value:
Children and their healthy growth in all areas of development
The Timson Hill staff provides a warm, secure environment and uses a developmental approach to design age-appropriate activities that will nurture each child’s sense of adventure, self-confidence, humor, and discovery while allowing observation, investigation, and evaluation of the environment.
Children work toward mastery of social skills and develop self-esteem during process-oriented activities. This allows for individual development through play. The school’s creative, noncompetitive, and nonviolent atmosphere fosters a child’s respect for others, be they of the same or different religious and/or ethnic background. At Timson Hill, children improve upon their social, emotional, intellectual, and physical skills at their own pace.
Quality of staff and program
We are currently accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, or NAEYC. We have achieved a rating of “5 Stars” in the Step Ahead Recognition System through the Vermont Department of children and Families. This is the highest rating and raises Timson Hill Preschool’s Vermont childcare Subsidy rate. Through partial public funding and VCPC grants we are able to give discounts to some of the surrounding communities. Many of our professional staff have BA’s, MA’s, and licensures in Early Childhood Education.
Families, the community, and the diversity they bring
Timson Hill Preschool is a non-profit, parent cooperative. The staff, families, and larger community work together to make Timson Hill Preschool the best school it can be. Parents and community members are encouraged to bring their talents to Timson Hill Preschool.
At Timson Hill Preschool we seek to respect and celebrate what makes each and every human being unique and special. We recognize the cultural differences each family brings to our school community whether it is differences in family makeup, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic level. Care is taken to ensure our curriculum reflect the diverse world in which we live.
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Step Ahead Recognition System