The Child Care Center in Norwich was founded in May, 1971 by a group of local parents, for the purpose of providing high quality, affordable child care to the families of the Upper Connecticut River Valley. Originally just a program for preschool aged children, the organization expanded in 1982 to include care for infants and toddlers. In response to a community need, the program expanded again in 2009 in order to provide after-school care. Currently, the Child Care Center provides year-round, early care and education to sixty-five children ages six weeks through five years. The Center also provides after-school care for thirty-five children in kindergarten through sixth grade.
The Child Care Center programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are located in an eclectic A-frame construction that had been a private residence, prior to the Center’s purchase of it in the early 1970s. It has four rolling acres of playgrounds and woods, complete with a paved trike track and a sledding hill.
Although the Center is situated only a mile from the center of Norwich, VT and a mile from the Hanover, NH’s green (just off exit 13 on route 91), it is in a very pastoral setting with only the Montshire Museum of Science for a neighbor. The after-school classrooms are housed in two churches, one on either side of the Marion Cross School. This proximity to the school allows us to use the school playgrounds and the Milton Frye Nature Area and it is convenient for children who have after-school activities.