Preschool and After School Programs

Preschool Program

Our Preschool classrooms are spacious with large windows overlooking Garrison Park. Individual coat-hooks, cubbies and parent mailboxes keep the room organized and make drop-off and pick-up easier for our families. Each classroom has its own bathroom, equipped with step-up platforms making the sink and toilets easily accessible to all the children.


Classroom schedules include both indoor and outdoor times, theme oriented calendars of activities (click here for sample calendar), story time and music appreciation. Creative expression is encouraged through the use of paints, blocks, sand, water, play dough and cooking projects.



Our preschool classrooms are each equipped with two state of the art personal computers and Internet access so that the children are able to learn basic computer skills and take advantage of the latest educational software and age appropriate games.


After School Program

Before and After Kindergarten care is also provided for children enrolled in the local school district kindergartens with additional care available for snow days, vacation weeks and early dismissal days. Children from the Beaver Meadow School District are bussed directly to First Start.

Our first through fifth grade after-school program offers activities, computer games, projects and outdoor fun at Garrison Park. Afternoon snack is provided and kids are encouraged to relax and spend time with their friends. All day care is also available during school week vacations, snow days and early release days.