Child center  a special place

To the editor:

At the Children of the Arts festival, I discovered that the Pine Hill Child Care Center is being closed and — given funding — will reopen as “A Child’s Nature” in Greenfield. I encourage the Monadnock community to lend their support.

As a former parent (whose child now attends The Well School), I thought that I would give the community a sense of what this place is about.

The first time I walked into the center with a baby, I knew: The room was incredibly calm with sweet, low voices of caregivers, babies lying on sheepskin rugs, and silk clothes draping the walls to form a cocoon-like room. The scent of the center’s organic “buns” was emanating from the oven.

No chaos; no yelling; no plastic toys amuck. Instead, teachers gently sang “Let’s go to the table,” and 2-year-olds simply flowed to the table. Yes, it was an unusual sight, but also I saw how it was effective versus a harsh adult “order” to stop playing — which would make any of us dig in our heels.

In the Waldorf setting, the emphasis is on rhythm; things happen in a predictable, regular manner, creating a protective, secure setting. I recall stating, “Oh, my son doesn’t nap,” and told, “He will!” He did — at the same time as the other babies.

This childcare center really “gets” that infants and toddlers are not just smaller children; stand-alone childcare centers that specialize in early child development deserve an important place in our society.

I encourage the community to help “A Child’s Nature” succeed. If your school group wants to support a charitable cause, give to your local community. Let’s help each other — and rally behind the education of our youngest members.

Catherine Boeckmann


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