Beginnings School is an early childhood development center, which takes a distinctive and evidence-based approach to early childhood education and learning.

Beginnings is the only school in the country that uses the ECSEL method, an innovative curriculum developed by Dr. Donna Housman, based on emotional foundations of learning and cognition. The Emotional, Cognitive, Social Early Learning (ECSEL) curriculum is grounded in research showing that children who learn the building blocks of emotional intelligence between ages 0-3 are much more likely to succeed academically, socially, personally and professionally throughout their lifetimes.

Education Is Not the Learning of Facts but the Training of the Mind to Think

- Albert Einstein


Climb, Crawl, Dig, Roll, Run, Skip And Swing!

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Wildlife Sanctuary

Ladybugs, Butterflies and Birds, Oh My!

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Children’s Garden

I Grew That!

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Gross Motor Room

Get Those Muscles Moving.

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Dr. Donna Housman, CEO & Founder

Dr. Donna Housman is Founder of Beginnings and a clinical psychologist. She holds a Doctorate in Psychology from Boston University and is Assistant Clinical Professor at the B.U. School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry.

Our Approach

Beginnings School has integrated proven principles of teaching emotional competencies, strong social skills, and self-regulation into the development and learning process through a unique curriculum called ECSEL (Emotional Cognitive Social Early Learning).

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Why Creative Play Matters

  • 14 Oct 2016
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I just read an interesting piece in The Atlantic that stressed the importance of creative play. The article includes an interview with psychology professor and writer Alison Gopnik about her latest book The Gardener and the Carpenter that argues that parents should encourage their children’s natural inclination to learn through play. In the...

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