About the Co-op

The Woods Hole Day Care Cooperative was founded in 1980 by a group of working parents from the Woods Hole area who sought to establish a local daycare for toddlers and preschoolers (21 months – 5 years). In 1991, the WHDCC Summer Camp was begun to offer continuity of staff and programming throughout the year to children aged 2 through 5 years. A Preschool – School Age Group, boosting the age limit to 8 years old, was added in the fall of 2007. That program was closed a few years later due to our Preschool group growing leaving little room for school age children.

Our main objective is to provide the children with a safe, happy, and organized environment where opportunities for growth and development may occur.  The staff works with each family to ensure a peaceful transition from home to school.  A balance of play activities - structured or unstructured, informative or creative, active or quiet, observing or participating, alone or together, indoor or out - are provided by the staff that will enhance the child's self-image and encourage a natural curiosity to explore and discover the world.  The program stresses three areas of learning: formal planned curriculum, teachable moments, and life skills.  The planned curriculum includes shapes, colors, animals, seasons, holidays, and much more.  Teachable moments provide opportunities for growth in social and problem-solving skills.  Development of life skills fosters the growth of independence and a positive self-image.  In the summer months we explore our neighborhood.  The school continually seeks parental suggestions for curriculum growth and development in accordance with guidelines established by the State.

The Co-op is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). Dept. of EEC, 1 Washington St. Ste 20, Taunton, MA 02780. (508) 828-5025. Parents may contact EEC for information regarding the program's regulatory compliance history. The regulations are available to you on line at http://www.mass.gov/edu/government/departments-and-boards/department-of-early-education-and-care.

Typical days at the Co-op include:

  • Structured and Freechoice Playtime
  • Nutritious snacks twice daily
  • Activities including:
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Cooking and Baking
    • Story Time
    • Games
    • Music, Movement and Dance
    • Nature Walks
    • Theme Projects
  • Outside Play
  • Rest Time

Throughout the year we plan special extracurricular activities to enrich the children’s experience.  Such events include:

  • Music enrichment with Lynne Levy, “Ms. Lynne”
  • Toddler and Preschool Spanish instruction with Maria Pechuk, "Ms. Maria"
  • Get Moving with Ms. Amy with Amy Sellers, "Ms. Amy"
  • Science Enrichment Program – elements,etc. with Lynne Belfiore, "Ms Lynne"
  • Bi-weekly visits to the Woods Hole Library, including Story Time  
  • Presentations by the Thornton Burgess Society
  • Fall and spring field trips to local farms
  • Annual school pictures
  • Neighborhood visits to: playgrounds, fire station, police station, restaurants, aquarium, post office, banks, and etc.