Great Things Come In Small Packages

At Little Stars It Is The Tiny Details That Make Us Different

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Great Things Come In Small Packages

At Little Stars It Is The Tiny Details That Make Us Different

Preschool & Daycare Serving South Dennis, MA

We are SAFE and OPEN as an Emergency Child Care Facility!

We are currently open and providing safe care
for essential worker’s children.

We are now offering virtual ZOOM tours from 9:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Effective immediately, Little Stars Learning Center has implemented safety guidelines that are in accordance with Local, State, and Federal Regulations.

Wellness Check (Prior To Entry):

  • Temperature Screening
  • Visual Inspection of the Child – Signs of Infection (Flushed Cheeks, Fatigue, Extreme Fussiness, etc.)
  • Will Deny Entry To Any Child Who Meets Any Of The Following Criteria:
  • A temperature of 100°F or above;
  • Signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as a cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and low-grade fever;
  • In the previous 14 days has had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19; is under investigation for COVID-19; or is ill with a respiratory illness; or
  • In the previous 14 days has travelled internationally to countries with widespread, sustained community transmission. For updated information on affected countries, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/travelers/index.html.

Additional Safety Measures:

  • Registered Nurse On-Call
  • No Groups Larger Than 10 In A Room
  • Curbside Drop Off/Pick Up To Limit Exposure
  • Daily Deep Sanitizing
  • Individual Snacks

Meet Our Principal

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Principal: Marybeth Hogan

My earliest teaching experiences were volunteering in my Mom’s preschool class where she worked as a paraprofessional with children with special needs. I truly enjoyed helping in her class as well as listening to her tell stories about her preschool friends. However, my educational path was first in the business field graduating with an Associates degree in Business Administration.

But I knew my true path was in education so I pursued my goals at Fitchburg State College (now University) in Early Childhood Education. After graduating from FSC, based on my practicum experiences, I decided to further continue my education and pursue my Masters in special education. However, this would take much longer than I had anticipated.

In 1997, I married my best friend and boyfriend, Scott. As we had vacationed on the Cape during our early years together and fallen in love with the Cape, we moved to Marstons Mills in 2000. Shortly after our move, we were blessed with our son, Scotty. Throughout his early years, I was a Stay-at-home Mom who brought the “preschool class” into our home. Often we would be drawing, painting, experimenting, doing all the preschool projects that I had done over the years as a preschool educator. Once Scotty was in Elementary School, I completed and finally graduated from River College (now University) with my Masters in Education in Learning Disabilities then began educating young children again.

Fast forward to a few years ago….my family moved from the Cape up to Walpole during my son’s high school years. I worked in a small school as a preschool teacher opening up a brand new classroom for young preschoolers and worked my way up to Director. At our school, we strived to develop our students educationally, emotionally and socially fostering skills necessary for a strong foundation for their educational career. We offered memorable and fun experiences for both the children and families that I had experienced as a mother with my own child and early childhood educator.

Soon my son will be going off to college, and we have navigated our way home to the Cape. I currently reside in Sandwich with my husband and our dog, Nanook, and our son, Scotty…until he embarks on his path. I look forward to warmly welcoming all families and children as well as partnering with you as your children grow their love of learning.

 

NAEYC Accredited

We are proud to be a NAEYC accredited school. The National Association For The Education Of Young Children is the nation’s leader in preschool accreditation. This mark certifies our standards are of the highest quality. At Little Stars we want to empower your child for success! Having this accreditation shows our program has the tools to provide the best learning experiences for young children and the highest quality professional preparation of educators.

90% Of Our Teachers Are Degreed and EEC Certified

Having a degree along with EEC certification means our teachers have a higher level of education and experience. Through extensive on-going training to educate, nurture, and help your child grow our early childhood educators strive to be experts in the care and education of young children. They know that their role can make the difference in your child’s success. Empowering children through education means a love for learning that lasts a lifetime.

Health, Wellness and Happy Support From Our ESA “Ausland”

Our goal is not only to care for and teach your child, but to support their health, wellness and happiness too.  Nutritious food choices, daily tooth brushing and good hygiene, are only a few of our added care essentials. In addition, we are proud to be one of the only schools that has an ESA (Emotional Support Animal)!  This amazing feature truly set us apart. Our ESA “Ausland” is beloved by both the kids and parents alike. She is a friendly companion who plays an interictal role at our school by making a dramatic difference in the physical independence, emotional well-being and comfort of your child.

Locally Owned and Operated, We Are Family

We want to be an extension of your family and believe family comes first. Little Stars is locally owned and operated. From the moment you enter the lobby, you might notice that it just feels good. Our atmosphere is bright, beautiful, warm and inviting, not cold and institutional like most schools. This homelike environment reduces stress while encouraging families and children to want to stay. Let us be your second home.

A Positive Parent Partnership Makes A Difference

Understanding the needs of our families and the benefits of working together fosters trust. This positive partnership helps children grow and learn. Using our digital parent app, Kaymbu, real time photos, videos and developmental milestones are captured and sent to you. This communication helps strengthen relationships between home and school. We offer open visits in your child’s classroom welcoming our parents directly into the learning experience. When children see important people in their lives working together, they feel valued, respected, confident and safe building a strong foundation from cradle to kindergarten.

Extraordinary Care Starts With Small Group Sizes And Low Teacher Child Ratios

Small class sizes with low teacher to child ratios allows exceptional care. Having fewer students to teach gives our teachers the opportunity to provide a more challenging curriculum with quality one on one individualized attention for each child.

Low teacher to child ratios means…

  • More quality time and individualized care and instruction in the classroom for each child
  • Increased interest level in children during small group activities
  • Projects can be more challenging with fewer students to teach
  • Lower stress in general for students and teachers
  • Long term improvement of teacher retention
  • More detailed assessments can be delivered to parents

Meeting Your Family’s Needs Through Extended Hours, Fewer Closings And Learning Enrichments

We know the importance of finding a program that meets your family’s needs. Offering longer hours of operation, with fewer closings and added learning enrichment programs, are a few of the ways we accomplish this goal. Giving children experiences and activities beyond the normal curriculum, with opportunities for family participation, make learning fun and allow parents to be directly involved in their child’s education.

A Love For Language And Literacy In Everything We Do

A love for language and literacy is cultivated in everything we do. Giving children the opportunity to have a variety of experiences through books, vocabulary, alphabet knowledge and fine mother development, builds both their cognitive and writing skills. Our classroom toys, shelves and equipment are labeled with pictures and written words in both English and Spanish. This detailed feature helps children know what things are, where they go and more importantly helps them recognize letters, make up words and understand that words have meaning.

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School Contact

  • 434 Route 134, Unit E South Dennis, Massachusetts 02660
  • Phone: (508) 760-2772
  • School Hours: 6:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Our Accreditations and Certifications