Beginnings School and Child Development Center takes a distinctive and evidence-based approach to early childhood education and learning for children aged three months to six years old in a nurturing supportive environment that is open Monday through Friday from 7:30AM to 6:00PM daily.

Beginnings is far more than a daycare in Weston. Beginnings focuses on child development and it is the only early childhood school in the country that uses Emotional, Cognitive, Social Early Learning (begin to…ECSEL™ ). Developed by Dr. Donna Housman Ed.D., the begin to…ECSEL™ approach is grounded in research showing that children who start developing the building blocks of emotional intelligence from birth are much more likely to succeed academically, socially, personally and professionally throughout their life. Teacher training and program implementation is supported by Housman Institute, a training and research organization that focuses on emotional, cognitive and social learning in early childhood.

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 approach, begin to…ECSEL™ (Emotional Cognitive Social Early Learning).

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A Toddler Teacher's Reflection: By Susan B. Hughes

  • 15 Nov 2017
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From the moment you enter the classroom, to the end of the day when you turn out the lights, our begin to…ECSEL teaching approach guides our day. When I enter the classroom to set it up for the morning, I am mindful of making sure that our teaching tools for emotional, cognitive and social development are ready for the day. I have learned how...

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