Decades of my career have been devoted to looking after people and their families. It is truly inspiring to see the level of dedication, professionalism and warmth our staff members bring to those entrusted to our care on a daily basis. I am both proud and honored to lead the team on the Natick Campus as we work together to maintain the excellence that sets SALMON apart.
I’m Shirley Sherman, Director of SALMON Center for Early Education at Natick. It is a privilege to partner with parents to ensure a nurturing environment for their child’s early education with appropriate attention to their safety and security. Relationships between educators and parents, sharing information through two-way communication; sharing decision making; acknowledging and respecting diversity and creating networks of support are the key components of this important partnership.
If my child does not nap, what will he or she do during the rest time?
Children choosing not to sleep or who awaken early will be offered quiet activities for the remainder of the rest period. Please keep in mind that if children are tired, they will fall asleep on their own. It is our policy to let the child’s needs determine their napping schedule.
Do you celebrate holidays?
The richness of our diverse enrollment is reflective of the community in which we are located. To support our efforts to recognize and celebrate the uniqueness of our families, we strongly encourage family members to share their holiday traditions with the classroom. While holidays are not an integral part of our curriculum, honoring each child and family’s uniqueness is important to us.
Do you celebrate birthdays?
Yes. We celebrate meaningful events in our children’s lives. Parents are welcome to bring a special treat for their child that day. We encourage parents to provide healthy alternatives to cake/cupcakes. Staff are well equipped to give suggestions.
Do you use a formal curriculum?
We use the current curriculum frameworks established by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and the Department of Education. Preschool and Pre-K classrooms use the Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences and the Massachusetts Frameworks for Math and Literacy. Our infant and toddler program uses the Massachusetts Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers.
Is the center a peanut-free school?
Yes, both of our Centers are peanut-free.
Are SALMON Centers for Early Education licensed child care facilities?
Yes. The Centers are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC).
Is the Center open all year?
Yes, we are a full year program. Open Mon-Friday excluding major holidays.