Early Learning Center

Lower Pioneer Valley Early Learning Center

A unique environment fostering learning, growth and community.

Our Mission:
Is to nurture and encourage all children to learn and grow by providing a foundation of developmentally appropriate educational experiences where they can succeed in a safe and supportive environment. We believe that from birth each child is a unique individual and should be immersed in a variety of experiences that promote the cultivation of a positive self-image and a life-long love for learning. Printable Brochure

Why is Lower Pioneer Valley Early Learning Center a great place to send your child?
Our program provides opportunities for all children to blossom, recognizing children’s varied abilities, interests, needs, and learning styles.

Core Values:

  • Nurturing individuality
  • Cooperation
  • Active exploration through playing and learning
  • Respect of oneself and others
  • Community interaction

For a scheduled tour please Call or Email Annette Isner at AIsner@lpvec.org or Phone: (413) 735-2200
We are located at 174 Brush Hill Avenue West Springfield, MA 01089

Program Description:
Lower Pioneer Valley Early Learning Center is part of the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative, which serves seven sending school districts and is located within the school that provides career and technical education to high school students.  The students who are in the Early Education Program use the Early Learning Center as their work-related experience to receive licensure as an Early Education and Care (EEC) provider.

The Early Learning Center is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, serves families with children ages 6 weeks through 6 years old, and follows the LPVEC school year calendar.

Program Options:

Infant Rates (6 Weeks to 15 Months):
Weekly: 5 Days $266.00; 3 Days $159.60 2 Days $106.40

Toddler Rates (15 Months to 2.9 years):
Weekly: 5 Days $246.00; 3 Days $147.60 2 Days $98.40

Preschooler Rates (2.9 to 6 years):
Weekly: 5 Days $210.00; 3 Days $126.00 2 Days $84.00

$50.00 Registration fee

Discounts are available – please call for more details.  Tuition is based on a 39-week school year calendar.  We do not charge tuition for full-week closures during Christmas Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break.  Center hours are 7:00AM to 4:00PM.  We provide breakfast, a morning snack, lunch, and an afternoon snack.  We provide Enfamil with Iron formula to all infants.

* We accept NE Farm Workers’ Council vouchers.

Program Overview

The Early Learning Center is a multi-age classroom for up to ten children, ages 6 weeks to 6 years old.  We have a highly qualified, enthusiastic team of teachers who will offer your child the following:

 In the Infant Program, we will:

Promote development of fine and gross motor skills
Use enriching language and conversation
Give hands-on care and affection
Value the early bond between parent and child

In the Toddler Program, we will:

Support early literacy skills
Encourage receptive and expressive language
Guide parallel and cooperative play
Promote independence and self-help skills

In the Preschool Program, we will:

Guide positive social interactions
Introduce and encourage critical thinking skills
Provide career exploration
Use MA Preschool Frameworks to prepare for future school success


Annette Isner


Ashley Racine
Clinical Assistant


Amy Beaulieu
Clinical Assistant
  • Lower Pioneer Valley Early Learning Center is now accepting Fall registrations for children 2 years 4 months to 5!

  • Lower Pioneer Valley Career and Technical Education Center 2017 Outstanding Student: Jayde (Jade) Thomas

    Jayde Thomas, an Early Education and Care student from South Hadley is the daughter of Lori and Jermaine Thomas. During the past four years, Jayde has maintained an A average in both her technical and academic studies while being a member of the school’s swim team. Jayde is a three-time winner of the Early Education and Care program’s “Student of The Month” award while winning the “Outstanding Student” award in 2016 as well, a rare feat for a junior. This John and Abigail Adams Scholar put her abilities to the test last March in the “Skills USA” district competition where she garnered a “Gold Medal” for her efforts. Later that spring Jayde spent her break in Ethiopia doing outreach work with impoverished children behalf of her church.  She is currently employed through the school’s co-op program at a local daycare center and plans to continue her Early Education and Care Studies at Holyoke Community College in the fall.

  • 2016 Toys for Tots Drive

    Early Education and Care Seniors and Sophomores conducted a Toys for Tots drive this holiday season. With the support of the CTEC community, EEC donated over 50 toys to the program, and another 10 to Shriners Children’s Hospital! The Marines who collected our toys were even kind enough to stay and read some stories to the children in the Early Learning Center. Thanks for everyone for your support!