Plowshares was incorporated in 1976 as a tax-exempt, non-profit early education and child care program, designed to provide stimulating, enriching and nurturing learning experiences for young children and families living and working in Newton and the surrounding communities. Today the agency operates three locations, all housed within Newton public school buildings and provides the highest quality educational and care services available to more than 200 families.
We are proud that Plowshares was one of the first combined pre and after school programs accredited by NAEYC in Massachusetts and the nation. Boston Magazine recognized Plowshares one of the top preschool programs in the Boston area. And now our preschool is seeking to be one of the first four star QRIS centers in the state!
Program services available include: Toddler, preschool, nursery, after-school and summer fun camps for both preschoolers and school-age children.
The Plowshares site at Newton North High School serves as the lab training facility for high school students majoring in early childhood education and is the only high school EEC program that is part of the collegiate Council of Child Development Lab Administrators.
Excellence and quality in care and education are the hallmarks of our nearly 40 years of service and mission to Newton and the community.
Our School-age program are located at the Franklin Elementary School in West Newton and the Lincoln Eliot Elementary School in Newton Corner.
Please come visit us and see first hand quality education and care in action.
To provide the highest quality child care possible to families who live and/or work in Newton and the surrounding communities; to support families in the education and care of their young children; to promote cooperation and exchange between existing child care programs; to publish professional child care literature; to provide technical assistance; to organize parent and staff workshops/training; and to encourage parental involvement.
Toward these ends, the Board of Trustees has set forth the following goals and objectives: To establish and evaluate governance systems and policies which will meet the above stated missions and objectives; to focus on prioritized needs and offer appropriate support to the agency and staff in carrying out these objectives; to establish in conjunction with administration, staff, parents and community members, short and long range plans and objectives; to evaluate the success of said goals; to raise funds commensurate with these purposeful goals.
Agency History and Experience:
When Plowshares incorporated in 1976 as a tax-exempt, non-profit child care program, there were ten children enrolled. Today the agency operates three locations, housed within Newton public school buildings and provides services to more than 200 families. Programs available include: Toddler; preschool; nursery, school-age child care, summer camps and integrated classrooms.
Plowshares is governed by a Board of Trustees that includes parents, thereby insuring parental participation in the policy and decision-making aspects of the organization. The Plowshares site at Newton North High School serves as the lab training facility for high school students majoring in early childhood education. Our other locations are at the Franklin Elementary School in West Newton and the Lincoln Eliot Elementary School in Newton Corner.
Administrative Goals and Objectives:
To support and carry out the primary mission and objectives as defined collectively by the Board of Trustees, staff, parents and community members. We believe that the most essential element in ensuring quality child care is the support and development of a dedicated, diverse, educated and nurturing staff, trained in developmentally appropriate education. Staff development, training and advancement opportunities remain a high priority.
Currently included as program development priorities are the following: on-going assessment of developmentally designed and multi-cultural curriculum; NAEYC Accreditation; and research and design of curriculum that fosters moral and ethical development in a multi-cultural and diverse society. Other administrative priorities include continued parent participation, membership on the Board of Trustees and our open door classroom and participation policy. Grantsmanship and fundraising for a variety of purposes, including: Tuition assistance for low and moderate income families; facility improvement; playground construction; curriculum design and development; parent/teacher workshops; computers in both office and classrooms; and collaborative work with other social service agencies and support groups to foster professionalization of the early childhood education field.