Philosophy and Curriculum

Learning through creative play and intergenerational programming for infants through Pre-K

At all SALMON Centers for Early Education, we strive to provide a supportive environment with an appropriate blend of structured educational and social time for all of our children.

SALMON Centers recognize that the development of a well-adjusted individual is dependent upon the early years of their life. Of foremost importance to us is each child’s social and emotional development in a nurturing environment that includes attention to their safety and security. Evidence supports our belief that social and emotional readiness is crucial to a successful kindergarten transition, early social success and later accomplishments. To support this, we provide daily activities designed to allow children to be active participants in a setting that promotes each child’s sense of security and self-esteem.

We’re proud of what we offer: a healthy, loving environment in which each and every child receives the appropriate nurturing, guidance and stimulation to reach his or her fullest potential.

Children need plenty of exposure to real objects and experiences before they are ready to understand the meaning of symbols such as letters and numbers. Learning takes place as young children touch, manipulate and experiment with things and interact with people.

SALMON Centers welcome and respect all children and their families, regardless of race, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs, national origin, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Meet the Team


Shirley-ShermanShirley Sherman, Director
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.

Jessica BrighamJessica Brigham, RN, BSN, LNHA
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.