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 and supportive environment that is open Monday through Friday from 7:30AM to 6:00PM daily.

Beginnings is far more than a daycare for young children from Weston, Wellesley, Newton, Waltham, Wayland and many other Greater Boston communities. Beginnings is a school and child development center for infants, toddlers, pre-k and transitional kindergarten students. It is the only early childcare center 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

Playground

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 the founder of Beginnings and a clinical psychologist. Dr. Housman is also founder of Housman Institute, a training and research institute in early childhood education, and the developer of the begin to...ECSEL approach, which was recently detailed in her article in the International Journal of Childcare and Education Policy.


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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Promoting Young Children's Mental Health

  • 24 May 2018
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May is Mental Health Month and much attention is being put toward our country’s children who in any given year, says the CDC, show signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder at a rate of one in five. Less clear is the incidence of mental health disorders in early childhood, when such problems often go undetected. Alarmingly, one study...

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