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The Early Learning Center is an educational child care center for children 3 months to 5 years of age.

The Cole-Harrington Early Learning Center offers a program to meet the needs of working parents of children age 3 months to 5 years of age. The program is located at the Marilyn G. Rodman Educational Center at 960 Washington Street in Canton and is open year round from 6:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. The program provides childcare to seven infants, eighteen toddlers and thirty-four preschoolers.

The program is committed to the concept of inclusive education for all children and collaborates with Enable, Inc.’s Early Intervention program to provide individual and group services on site for infants and toddlers with special needs. The program offers childcare services to children attending the Canton public school integrated preschool programs located at the same site thereby supporting regular consultation with specialists and special educators around the needs of shared children.

Activities that are selected:

Foster a positive self-concept and pro-social skills

Encourage children to think, reason, question and experiment

Develop language, literacy and mathematics skills and concepts

Encourage creative expression and an appreciation of the arts

Achieve age-appropriate perceptual motor and gross motor skills


A planned learning environment based on developmentally appropriate practice for children aged 3 months to 3 years.

A consistent and predictable daily routine including large and small group times, child and teacher directed activities, and daily outdoor play.

Planned specific teacher-child interactions based on individual needs of each child.

An indoor gross motor room and a well-equipped enclosed outdoor play space.

Curriculum based on the High Scope Model of Education for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers.

Program follows Massachusetts Early Education & Care Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences.