Applewild Preschool



The Applewild Preschool is a happy community of young learners eager to explore their environment and learn about the world. We recognize that these children have an amazing natural curiosity that makes them powerful and resourceful learners, and we’ve built our year-round program around encouraging them in child-centered activities.

Wonder and Smiles

Each day children enter our nurturing environment, excited to engage in learning and exploring all that awaits them. With so many fascinating ideas and natural objects to discover, Applewild Preschool is a living classroom.

Learning and Creating

Our Emergent Curriculum approach to teaching allows learning to arise naturally from the interests and curiosities of our students. Rather than imposing standardized learning on students, our teachers get to know each child as an individual, and from there a curriculum that will engage every young learner emerges.

We encourage questions and discovery by providing “provocations,” materials or ideas that bring out children’s natural fascination with their surroundings. With art projects that stress creativity, and loose parts play that allows students to explore new materials with no defined set of directions, we give children the tools and guidance necessary to learn. Through creative and collaborative interaction with these tools, our students develop the problem-solving and critical thinking skills, as well as emotional intelligence, they need to begin kindergarten with confidence and enthusiasm.

The Third Teacher

Our philosophy, inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching, is reflected in our environment. We believe that children are encircled by three teachers. The first is the parent, who takes on the role of active partner and guide in the education of the child, the second is the classroom teacher, and the third is the environment itself. Our classrooms, art studio, yoga studio, and Outdoor Classroom are all deliberately designed to encourage children to learn from and interact with their environment.

Our Outdoor Classroom provides a unique, carefully planned, rich learning environment for child-initiated interactive discovery. The Outdoor Classroom includes a mud kitchen, lots of loose parts for open-ended play, and a space to create music with real, found, and created instruments. The Outdoor Classroom enhances children’s learning through an authentic connection with the natural world, and it’s lots of fun!

Tuition-Main Campus

Full Day (9 hrs) Morning Program (8:30-11:30)
5 Days - $220 5 Days - $132
4 Days - $206 4 Days - $122
3 Days - $168 3 Days - $96
2 Days - $112 2 Days - $64
1 Day - $56 1 Day - $32

Pricing is per-week.

Main Campus - 120 Prospect St., Fitchburg, 01420
Theresa Carusa-Ortega, Preschool Curriculum Specialist  or 978.342.6053 x409

Tuition - Devens Campus

Full Day (9 hrs) Morning Program (8:30-11:30)
5 Days - $250 5 Days - $132
4 Days - $234 4 Days - $122
3 Days - $186 3 Days - $96
2 Days - $125 2 Days - $64
1 Day - $62 1 Day - $32

Applewild Preschool at Devens - 27 Jackson Rd., Devens, 01434
Sheri Ebner, Preschool Director or 978.796.5183

Core Values

At Applewild, the learning process at all ages is inseparable from our Core Values. In our nurturing preschool environment, children understand their importance intuitively. Through activities that intentionally stress collaboration, and a warm environment where everyone participates, young learners internalize the value of respect, fairness, responsibility, compassion, cooperation, honesty, and civic-mindedness. When our preschoolers begin kindergarten, they are ready to use their natural excitement and energy not only to learn and explore for themselves, but to help others and find a place in their community.

Core Values

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