The Berkshire Eagle

WILLIAMSTOWN — Pine Cobble School, a co-educational day school that draws from the northern Berkshires, southern Vermont and eastern New York, is expanding its early childhood offerings.

The school, located at 163 Gale Road in Williamstown, announced this week that it will open a second prekindergarten classroom for the 2018-19 school year, in order to meet community demand.

"We've had a high interest in our early childhood program," said Head of School Sue Wells. "For several years running, we've had a waitlist, so we were unable to offer spots to all the families who wanted one. This decision allows us to better serve all families who seek a Pine Cobble education."

The school's waitlist this year was about five children, according to Nicole Goswami, the school's director of admissions and marketing.

Goswami said that the school offers financial aid for those who qualify.

"Pine Cobble's early childhood program is grounded in the idea that young children are natural, enthusiastic learners," the school said in a release. "Classes are centered around an array of enriching and developmentally appropriate activities that encourage play, imagination, and hands-on exploration. Learning isn't compartmentalized into distinct subjects; instead, the curriculum simultaneously engages multiple intellectual areas, as well as movement and social-emotional learning.

"Each classroom has two teachers, who are supported by specialists in Spanish, library, science, music, art and movement," the release said.

Pine Cobble School was founded in 1937 by Edgar and Doris Flinton, two local public school teachers. Its mission is "to cultivate in each student a lifelong passion for learning, a strong sense of self-worth, and respect for others throughout the community."

"The best preschool programs allow caring teachers to make meaningful, loving connections with each and every child," Wells said. "A second classroom allows us to grow, while still embracing what we do so well."

Those who are interested in learning more about the school are encouraged to inquire online at pinecobble.org, or contact Goswami at 413-458-4680, ext. 16.