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One of the most crucial factors predicting an individual’s ability to succeed is the quality of early education received. Sunshine is our state-licensed preschool program for children 2 years 9 months to kindergarten-ready. Sunshine strives to provide a solid educational foundation and ensure our program is state-of-the-art, financially accessible, and available during optimal hours for working families. Children learn through play in this fun and educational hands-on environment. Activities include art, crafts, creative movement, dramatic play, story time, songs, gym and outdoor activities, as well as our splash playground.

Sunshine’s philosophy is to encourage learning in a safe, warm and accepting environment. We offer an atmosphere that enables children to respect themselves as well as others. Through creative experiences, we enhance the child’s ability to socialize with others, make creative use of materials available, promote self-expression and foster cognitive development. At Sunshine, it is our goal to provide a high quality educational program and environment in which children can further develop a positive self-concept that fosters their creativity and strengthens their joy of learning.

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StaffSunshine Preschool at Berkshire South consists of qualified educators trained in early childhood education. Our low teacher/child ratios of one adult for every ten children, allows the staff to plan and provide a high quality education program for the children.

We are committed to maintaining a staff that is consistent and up to date on early childhood trends and teaching practices. Our teachers are provided with a minimum of 20 hours of professional development each year in addition to First Aid and CPR Certifications. All staff is also trained annually in Administration of Medications. 

Year round, Sunshine Preschool is proud to be a peanut, tree nut free program and that can also accommodate other food allergies.

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Curriculum: The teachers follow carefully thought out curriculum to prepare children for kindergarten. We follow standards put forth by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education & Care.

Although we have a set curriculum, we use children’s curiosity to guide their daily learning. We allow time for teachable moments and flexibility while at the same time providing consistency and clear expectations for the children. Children participate throughout the day in individual, small groups, and large group activities. An important component of our year is learning about our children’s families and customs.

We welcome parent participation and we celebrate diversity.

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Sunshine Preschool

Children participating in our year round program can choose their school schedule from these options:

2 days/week      Member Fee $312 month            Guest Fee $360 month

3 days/week      Member Fee $464 month            Guest Fee $536 month

5 days/week      Member Fee $776 month            Guest Fee $896 month

Annual commitment is required for enrollment. Any changes must be made in writing and will only be recognized after a 30 day period. During the 30 day period, the director will review the request and make a final determination. Account credits, if approved, will be made at the sole discretion of Berkshire South. Sick, snow or cancelled days will not be credited. Sunshine Preschool is closed on the following holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Financial Assistance is available through the Judy Spencer Scholarships for Early Childhood.

We thank Berkshire Bank Foundation for their generous grant to support our Access to Early Education financial assistance program. Click here for more details.

Sunshine students enrolled full-time receive 25% off of Enrichment Programs! Inquire within!

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After School at Sunshine Preschool

Mon – Fri, 3-5:30 p.m.
Children enrolled in early kindergarten at Muddy Brook Elementary and Southern Berkshire Elementary Schools can join Sunshine Preschool after their regular school day has ended. Enjoy an after school snack, free play, creative projects, outdoor time, as well as literacy, math and science activities with our nurturing staff. Space is limited.
Members $16 Guests $18 per day

For more information, sunshine@berkshiresouth.org or 413.528.2810, ext 16.

 

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Sunshine in the Summer

Mon – Fri, 8-5:30 p.m.
Children will enjoy a preschool summer experience with art, crafts, creative movement, singing, nature, outdoor and indoor play, and water play in our splash playground. Sign up for one or all weeks (full weeks only).