Applewild is branching out! Beginning in September of this year, Applewild at Devens will open at 27 Jackson Road in Devens. The center will house a year-round preschool and childcare facility for ages 3 and 4 and a transportation and activity hub for K-8 students attending Applewild School in Fitchburg.
Head of School Christopher B. Williamson said, in announcing the satellite campus, "We are delighted to be providing a new facility which will serve a dual purpose for families interested in the quality Applewild program.
"Our decision to open the preschool and childcare center is a direct result of the immediate success of the preschool on the main campus," he said, "opened just one year ago. For K-8 Applewild School families, it will be a convenience to those who live along the Route 2 corridor, providing safe and reliable transportation to and from the main campus and serving as an after-school center."
Applewild School had a pre-primary component until 2000. When the Burbank Child Development Center at Health Alliance Hospital in Fitchburg announced the closing of their 30-year old program, Applewild and BCDC collaborated to transition the program to the Applewild campus.
In addition to the continuing preschool and childcare program on the main campus, the new, modern facility at Devens will offer the same child-centered curriculum. Overlooking a nature-based playground, the preschool's program will include enriched literacy, science and math programs, an art studio, yoga, music and movement, and extensive use of the outdoor classroom for nature exploration and gardening.
Students come to Applewild from more than 30 communities in central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.
Busing to and from the main campus in Fitchburg is already available from Acton, Concord, Groton and Nashua. The additional drop-off and pick-up spot will be a boon particularly for families living east of Leominster. Activities, snacks and homework help will be available at the center. After-school care will continue on the Fitchburg campus also. An open house at Devens is planned for the near future.
The preschool will enroll children starting at age 2.9. Applewild at Devens plans to expand the preschool program to a kindergarten in fall of 2015.
Families interested in finding out more about Applewild School and the Applewild at Devens program, can contact the school at 978-342-6053, ext. 110, or go to applewild.org/ learnmore.