The Elisabeth Amen Nursery School at Wheaton College offers children opportunities to experiment, discover and grow with curiosity and confidence. Our school is affiliated with Wheaton College’s Psychology and Education Departments and has been a site for child-study and research since 1931.  With this connection, children benefit from expert guidance by teachers and college professors actively working in the fields of child development and early childhood education.  Our curriculum is emergent in nature and based on the interests of the children.  Interests are developed as teachers share literature, explore nature, or engage in classroom activities and conversations.  Within the context of these interests, developmentally appropriate activities are planned to extend the children’s thinking and to embed development of preschool skills in the areas of language, literacy, social-emotional development, cognitive skills, and physical development, encouraging growth in independence and confidence in learning.

Our preschool is located on the picturesque campus of Wheaton College and is open to the community. Our campus environment offers special venues for exploration and learning such as apple orchards, art and dance studios, nature trails, a fishing pond, a campus greenhouse, musical performances, and gymnasium and sports classes for physical growth.

The school-year at the Elisabeth Amen Nursery School runs from September through June and follows the Norton Public School calendar as closely as possible.  Our half-day and full-day programs feature very low teacher-child ratios and all of our staff members hold Master’s or Bachelor’s Degrees.  Our teachers and teaching assistants are fully-certified by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, and are trained in First Aid and CPR.  We also employ college students who are interested in pursuing careers in education or other related fields to assist in the classroom each semester.

The nursery school provides four programming options.

  • 2-Day AM Class: Tues. & Thurs. 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. (Ages 3.0 – 3.6)
  • 3-Day AM Class: Mon., Wed. & Fri.  8:30 – 11:30 a.m. (Ages 3.6 – 4.3)
  • 4-Day PM Class: Mon. – Thurs. 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. (Ages 4.0 and older)*
  • 5-Day Full Day Class:  Mon. – Fri. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. with a flexible drop-off beginning at 8:30. (Ages 4.0 and older)*

* We offer an extended-day option for the 4-Day PM class and Full-Day class until 4:30.

For more information or to schedule a school tour to learn more about our program, please contact us at 508-285-8220 or via email

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