Early Childhood


Julie Graham and Kerri Connolly, Team Administrators for Early Childhood Program

Quincy Public Schools

34 Coddington Street

Quincy, MA  02169


email:  juliegraham@quincypublicschools.com


Mission Statement:

It is the mission of the Quincy Public Schools to provide an enriching program for young children identified with special needs as well as their typically developing peers. The program uses developmentally appropriate practices in alignment with the National Association for the Education of Young Children to provide a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment.

In addition, the curriculum is aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks to meet the social, emotional, and cognitive needs of 3, 4, and 5 year olds. Our schools, families, and community will work together to provide the foundations for life long learning.

Team Administrator’s Message:

The Early Childhood Education program of the Quincy Public Schools recognizes that a vital and productive society is built on the foundation of its educational system. A high quality educational system, in turn, is built upon a strong early education program for its youngest learners. This program provides for the optimal physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of its students in daily activities. The Quincy Public Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten program offers our families the best in quality, evidence-based learning experiences for its students. This is an integrated program that provides teaching and learning for students identified for special intervention services as well as typically developing students. It is our pleasure to work with Quincy families as they begin their educational journeys with Quincy Public Schools.


Pre-Kindergarten Programs

The Quincy Public Schools Integrated Pre-Kindergarten Programs serve 3- and 4-year old children with special needs and their typically developing peers.  Classes may be half-day sessions held on 4 days per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays or full-day programs 2 days per week.  Children must be 3 years old on or before August 31, 2016 to be considered for these programs. Priority is given to 4-year olds, followed by children who are 3 1/2 or older.

To schedule a screening appointment, please call the school below which meets your eligibility requirements

Title I Integrated Pre-Kindergarten Program – Children who reside in the following school districts are eligible for these classes, which are held at the Snug Harbor Pre-School (617-984-8951) and Della Chiesa Early Childhood Center (617-984-8777):  Clifford Marshall, Lincoln Hancock, Parker, and Snug Harbor.

City Wide Integrated Pre-Kindergarten Program – Children who reside in a non-Title I school district are eligible for the pre-kindergarten program:  Atherton Hough, Beechwood Knoll, Bernazzani, Merrymount, Montclair, Squantum and Wollaston Schools.  There is a tuition fee for this pre-kindergarten program, held at the Della Chiesa Early Childhood Center (617-984-8777) and Snug Harbor (617-984-8951.)

Special Education Screening – Consistent with the Special Education Act,  Quincy Public Schools conducts a screening for three- and four-year old children in order to identify those who have special needs.  Please call the Snug Harbor Pre-School at 617-984-8951 to make a Special Education screening appointment.


Improvement Plans:

Early Childhood Program Improvement Plan 2018-2019

Early Ed Family Handbook 
Early Ed Family Handbook  (Cantonese)
Early Ed Family Handbook (Vietnamese)

Additional Resources and Links:

Welcome! A collection of web sites for parents and teachers of young children is available on this page. These links cover many subjects from creativity to disabilities to subject-specific topics such as math or art. If there is a site that you think should be added to this list, please e-mail the webmaster.

Community Groups and Resources:

General Education:

Special Needs:


CLASSROOM PLAYDOUGH: Combine in large pot: 3 cups flour, 3 cups water, 3 tablespoons oil, 1½ cups salt, 2 tablespoons cream of tartar, and coloring if desired (liquid or paste food coloring, vegetable juice, tempera paint, liquid watercolor, Kool-Aid, or Jell-O). Stir constantly over medium heat until thickens. Knead. Store in an airtight container. If you put the food coloring in the water instead of the dough, the color comes out more evenly. Instead of doing at a stove, can use boiled water.

CORNSTARCH CLAY: Mix 1cup cornstarch, 2 cups baking soda, and 1/3 cup warm water until smooth. Over medium heat, boil and stir until like mashed potatoes. Cool on a board until cool enough to knead it with your hands. For color, knead in paint or food coloring. You can cut into shapes, let it dry about 2 days, and paint as you like. Optional: Brush with clear nail polish for shine, if desired. pure white, hardens quickly, stores in airtight container for several weeks

GINGERBREAD PLAY DOUGH: Mix 1 cup flour, ½ cup salt, and 2 teaspoons cream of tartar. Add lots of allspice and cinnamon or unsweetened Kool-Aid for a wonderful scent. In another bowl, add food coloring to 1 cup water. Add colored water and 1 teaspoon vegetable oil to dry ingredients and stir. Cook the mixture for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently. Knead dough until soft and smooth. Cool and store in airtight container.

SALT DOUGH: Put 2 cups salt and 2/3 cup cold water in a pan and boil. Mix 1 cup cornstarch with 2/3 cold water in bowl and stir well. Add salt mixture to cornstarch mixture in bowl. Knead. Keep in a covered container or plastic bag in refrigerator. Model or mold clay and let dry several hours. Paint when dry, if desired.

SAND CLAY: Mix 3 cups sand, 1 ½ cups cornstarch, and 3 teaspoons alum or cream of tartar in an old (will scratch) saucepan. Add 2 ¼ cup hot water, stirring vigorously. Add food coloring if desired. Cook over medium heat until so thick that can’t be stirred further. Cool slightly and model, can use plastic molds. Allow to dry. Paint if desired. Store leftovers in airtight container. *use with shells for seascape. Shells will dry into mixture *Makes permanent sand sculptures (can be used in sand table) *Becomes stone-like when dry

SCENTED KOOL-AID DOUGH: Mix ¾ cup salt, 2 cups boiling water, 1 or 2 packages Kool-Aid, and 3 tablespoons oil. Add 4 cups flour. If dough is too sticky, add more flour. Knead the dough a few times. Store play-dough in plastic bags or containers while it is not being used. Refrigerate for a different texture.

APPLESAUCE AND CINNAMON DOUGH: Mix 1 cup cinnamon, 3/4 cup applesauce, and 2 tablespoons white glue. Shape. Roll it out and use cookie cutters if you like. Add a hole for hanging. Air dry or bake at 120 degrees for 30 minutes. Then leave out overnight.


  1. Add 1 tablespoon Borax powder to 1 cup of Water. Stir until most of the powder dissolves. Store the Borax Water in a jar or bottle. One cup of Borax water will make many batches of “Goofy Putty”.
  2. Measure 1 tablespoon of Elmer’s White Glue (DO NOT SUBSTITUTE) into a zipper-lock bag. Add 1 teaspoon of plain water to the bag and mix. The additional water makes the glue flow better. Add a drop of food coloring to spice up the experiment.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of Borax Water to the bag of watered-down glue. Seal the bag and squeeze for 2 minutes in order to thoroughly mix the liquids. Remove the putty from the bag and continue to squeeze.

Note: Do not pour down the sink. Do not allow to remain on clothing, upholstery, wood surfaces, or carpet.
Science Lesson-It’s a polymer, a long chain of molecules.