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!
ASQ (Ages and Stages Questionnaires)
Do you have questions about your child’s development? Are you interested in learning new activities to help your child learn and grow? The ASQ developmental screening tool can help you with that. Please click here to request a screening. We’ll be in touch.
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 email@example.com or 508-228-7285 x1166.
We host meetings for the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) If you would like to be part of shaping the lives of young children on Nantucket, please join us! All Early Childhood Advisory Council meetings listed below are open to the public and are 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Library at Nantucket Elementary School, 30 Surfside Road.
Program questions or new ideas? Please contact one of our Early Childhood Education Specialists listed below:
Pauline Cronin began working with Nantucket Community School as a playgroup facilitator when her son James was a year old and the Early Childhood Program was known as the Community Network for Children. Her roles within the Early Childhood department continued to grow over the years and she is currently the Early Childhood Education Coordinator. She enjoys being part of a dedicated team of program facilitators and outreach personnel. Pauline was born in Scotland but has lived in many different places such as Germany, England, Northern Ireland and Canada. She completed her BA in Hospitality Management at Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Pauline has lived in Nantucket for 23 years and is the proud parent of one Nantucket Native and one Cape Codder!
Susan Richards began working as an early childhood educator soon after completing her education at Ithaca College and Boston University in the mid-1970’s. She helped create Needham Children’s Center and taught there for several years before moving to Vermont and becoming the founding director of Charlotte Children’s Center, just south of Burlington. She then went on to combine her love of literacy with her early childhood background to become Children’s Librarian at Essex Free Library, going on to spend her final years in Vermont as a Child Care Referral Specialist at Child Care Resource. After moving full-time to Nantucket in 2011, she quickly found a connection with the Community School and began her role as Family Education and Outreach Specialist in 2012. She also works several hours a week as the Humane Educator at the island animal shelter, NiSHA. Susan lives out on the Madaket end of the island with her husband, Peter, two dogs and two cats and has an adult son, Parker, who is a Dartmouth graduate, and currently works as a journalist in Washington D.C.
Michelle Saravia was born in El Salvador and is a native Spanish speaker who moved to California when she was 12. In California, she completed diplomas as a Medical Assistant and Airport Dispatcher. Michelle began working full time with NCS in September 2015. After being part time previously in different capacities, Michelle now serves as our Spanish speaking Interpreter and support staff to all departments, particularly the Early Childhood branch.
Michelle is passionate about helping the diverse population on Nantucket and her outreach efforts have been instrumental in educating and informing the Hispanic population about the importance of Early Childhood Education in their child’s life. She is also the coordinator of our ESOL classes for adults and has recently become certified as an interpreter through Language Connections. When Michelle is not at work she enjoys spending time with her teenage son and also has a daughter in school in California who visits during the summers.
Other team members include Cheryl Curtis and Kerrie Willis (Program Assistants).