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@ Bentley Elementary
25 Memorial Drive   Salem, MA 01970    (978) 740-1181


Our mission is to provide inclusive, stimulating, and developmentally appropriate experiences for all. Experiences are designed to promote the social/emotional, physical, and cognitive development of each child.  Our ultimate goal is to support and nurture the strengths and needs of children.

Firmly grounded in the principles of early childhood development, children learn in a program which:
•     promotes active learning through play

•     respects and meets children’s developmental needs

•     develops cooperative social interactions with others

•     fosters independence and self-esteem

•     expands communication skills

•     increases body awareness and motor skills

Our teachers combine their knowledge and expertise from the fields of early childhood and special education.  We plan curricula supportive of the needs and gifts of all students.  Activities are designed to serve instructional goals as guided by the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks.  The learning environment is enhanced to provide meaningful experiences, challenge the children’s abilities and respond to their growing interests.  In a climate of caring and respect, students interact with ideas, materials, teachers and one another.

We believe that play is the very essence of childhood.  There is a balance of unstructured time foe child-initiated activities and structured time for teacher-directed activities.


The cost of tuition for peer partners in the Salem Early Childhood Center is $70.00 per week.  Reduced tuition is available based on financial need and availability of funds.