Hills & Falls Nursery School was established in 1941 by a group of parents who wanted to be involved in their children’s education. In the first year, sixteen children were enrolled. Over the next several years, educators assumed more of the direct responsibilities for the program. Parents participated in the program by assisting in the classroom and sharing in the maintenance of the school. When Hills & Falls was incorporated in 1948 as a non-profit organization, parents became more involved in the school’s operation and financial development. Today, Hills & Falls serves over forty families in the greater Newton-Needham-Wellesley area. It remains true to its roots, honoring a long standing tradition of providing a quality preschool education while offering an opportunity for parents/guardians to become involved and share in the journey with their children.
Hills & Falls offers a play-based curriculum in a cooperative nursery school environment. For the young child, preschool is often the first step away from home. We provide a warm, nurturing and enriching environment to help children feel secure and comfortable to make that first step. We believe that play is a child’s way of learning and fosters social, physical, emotional and intellectual development. We cultivate children’s natural abilities in play by providing an environment rich in developmentally appropriate activities for children to explore at their own pace. At Hills & Falls, the children have the added advantage of sharing this experience with their families. By joining their child in the classroom, parents/guardians get to know the other children and to experience firsthand the magical learnings and growth accomplished in the classroom.