Our Early Childhood Education & Enrichment programs are made possible through collaboration between the Town of Nantucket, the Nantucket Public Schools and the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). All of our FREE, exciting and enriching programs for children birth to eight years of age are funded, in part, through the EEC’s Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant.
Additional support has been provided through Nantucket’s generous community members and several philanthropic foundations including The Community Foundation for Nantucket (The Nantucket Fund™, the Remain Nantucket Fund, and Gutsy Gals Fund), the Tupancy Harris Foundation, and the Nantucket Golf Club Foundation.
Be sure to join a playgroup, attend a parent education class or come by one of our fun family events!
If you have any parenting or brain-building questions about your child, please contact one of our Early Childhood Education Specialists who will assist you or connect you with the pertinent island resource. Our team is here to support ALL island families!
Please click on the link below for a list of current licensed Day Care and Preschool providers on Nantucket. *Please note: some licensed providers choose not be listed and can be found on the Department of Early Education and Care website.
Provider Round-Table Meetings & EEC Community Council:
Nantucket Community School hosts quarterly round-table meetings for all childcare providers on Nantucket. These meetings offer the opportunity to connect with other center and home based providers while sharing ideas and learning about training resources and services available both on and off island. To be included on this email distribution list for meeting reminders, please contact Pauline Cronin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-228-7285 x1166.
On a monthly basis, we host meetings for the Early Childhood Community (advisory) Council (ECC Council) If you would like to be part of shaping the lives of young children on Nantucket, please join us! All ECC Council meetings listed below are open to the public and begin at 1 p.m. Meeting location will be posted as soon as it becomes available.
Early Childhood Community (advisory) Council:
- September 18, 2018
- October 16, 2018
- November 2018: NO MEETING
- December 18, 2018
- January 15, 2019
- February 19, 2019
- March 19, 2019
- April 16, 2019
- May 21, 2019
Program Questions or New Ideas? Please contact one of our Early Childhood Education Specialists listed below:
Pauline Cronin, a long-time year-round islander, joined our Early Childhood team as a parent participant in 2003. She has established a strong connection with our Gaelic & Eastern European families and brings a perspective similar to many from our immigrant population. Pauline, who moved to Nantucket as a young adult on a work VISA and is now the mother of two first-generation Americans, has experienced firsthand the struggles associated with immigration, housing and navigating life on Nantucket. Pauline served as our Activities Specialist for five years, and was promoted to lead our Early Childhood Education Team as Coordinator in 2014.
Susan Richards is a literacy specialist and former children’s librarian who has worked in the field of social work assisting families and children for many years. Susan’s warm, approachable style heightens her ability to connect with our families. She serves as our Family Education & Outreach Specialist with all families while working closely with our translator to engage the Spanish & Portuguese speaking members of our community. Susan and her husband have resided on Nantucket with their beloved pets since 2011. Their son is currently attending college.
Other team members include Michelle Saravia (Family Support Specialist & Spanish Translator) & Steve Gallo (Playgroup Specialist).