Nestled in a charming and historic mill town, the Harrisville Children’s Center gives children the unique opportunity to explore the beautiful local countryside and feel welcome in a small, rural town. On daily walks to the waterfall or the pond, they are greeted by neighbors and shopkeepers. Harrisville and its people become a landscape the children know and cherish.
We celebrate throughout the year. We walk through the village to deliver baskets of flowers in May and noisily parade dragons for the lunar New Year. Each childs birthday is an occasion celebrated by a gift of a handmade felted crown and a delicious cake made by classmates. All of these special days mark the passage of time and season and connect the children to a larger world of diverse cultures and traditions.
As knowledgeable early childhood educators, we believe children learn by doing. They join in baking bread, stirring soup, and gathering tomatoes from our lovely organic garden. Ours are happy, sturdy children.
Follow this link to view a slide show by photographer Kate Preftakes of children at play at the Harrisville Children's Center in September, 2014. http://www.preftakesphoto.com/hcc/
The Harrisville Children's Center opened in the fall of 1972. Harrisville resident and current Director of Teacher Education at Antioch New England Graduate School was a co-founder of the school.
“Both my boys entered H.C.C. as beautiful babies and left as happy healthy kids. I can't think of a better place for them to have grown.”
~ J. Weisberg
“Our daughter thrived at HCC! She developed her "love of learning" from supportive, experienced teachers.”
~ Kipka family