The Elisabeth Amen Nursery School at Wheaton College offers children opportunities to experiment, discover and grow with curiosity and confidence.
We offer 5 programs including half-day, full-day and extended day options.
Please visit our Program and Enrollment page for more details
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.
If you would like to enroll your child in the Elisabeth Amen Nursery School or schedule a tour to learn more about our program, please contact us at:
Elisabeth Amen Nursery School
26 East Main Street
Norton, MA 02766
Convenient online payment is available through FACTS Tuition Management.
What our families say
The Elisabeth Amen Nursery School is warm, welcoming and nurturing preschool whose dedicated, talented and highly educated staff immediately draws you in and treats you like family. I’d heard great things about the school from friends and neighbors but their words didn’t do the school justice. It’s a place that encourages individuality, uniqueness and friendship while also embracing challenges head-on and in a customized way. But it’s so much more. I will never forget the special bonds my entire family formed this year as part of this piece of the Wheaton College family. It’s more than a school, It’s a preschool that prepares its students – and their parents – for life beyond its four walls, through educational tools, emotional support and a positive approach to education driven by its students.
~ Amanda Griffith
The staff at the Wheaton Nursery School have a true appreciation for children. It is evident that they genuinely love what they do, and they have a unique talent for making each child feel special. Kindness, curiosity, problem-solving, and fun are all embedded into the daily routine. I was worried about my son starting pre-school because he was a very timid kid. On the first day when I mentioned him being shy, his teacher told me, “ I like to say cautious instead of shy.” I thought to myself, wow what a wonderful way to spin it, and I immediately felt at ease. My son had an amazing two years and made so much growth socially. He loved going to school simply because it was a comfortable, predictable, and safe environment where he could be himself and grow and learn at his own pace. Sending him to this school is by far one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
~ Pam Jenson
We cannot say enough about our children’s’ experiences at the Elisabeth Amen Nursery school. The vast activities they have participated in have provided them with a variety of strong foundational skills. Being on a college campus has afforded them with so many unique opportunities that they would not have received anywhere else. We could not have asked for a more nurturing or educational experience for this time in our children’s lives.
~ Amy and Kevin Schleicher
Her two years at The Elisabeth Amen Nursery School have been absolutely incredible and pivotal in her child development. As parents and educators, there was no other choice in preschool for us because we know that the core values line up with ours – preschool is a time for play, exploration, and socialization. Our daughter was a quiet girl when she started, and to see her interacting with the peers and adults in such an outgoing and comfortable way is really heartwarming for us. We are so proud of her, and we are so grateful for the love, care, kindness, and genuine interest you have shown to her. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
~ Sarah and Eric