NCE - Early Childcare Program

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Where Needham’s Little Rockets Soar to New Heights!
The NCE Early Childcare Program (ECP) is committed to providing a safe, enriching environment for the children of the faculty and staff of Needham Public Schools, Town of Needham employees, and Needham residents. 

We are dedicated to promoting a love of learning and a strong sense of community through our nurturing care and our developmentally appropriate curriculum and practices.

We are happy to announce that our program has expanded to include care for older children up through Pre-K.

The NCE Early Childcare Program’s "Launch Pad" is located in the bright and cozy classrooms in The Congregational Church of Needham, 1154 Great Plain Avenue, Needham, MA (across from the Needham Post Office). Your child will be transformed by the friendships, learning experiences, and the out-of-this-world fun that is our mission, at the Little Rockets! 


Our littlest Rockets are in the Star Room, where our Infants have safe places for the stage they are in at the moment. From tummy time, all the way up to walking, they are encouraged to stretch their muscles and their minds as they meet developmental milestones.

In the Moon Room our Toddlers have opportunities to explore and learn with more teacher-directed lessons while still having many child-directed learning opportunities.

Our biggest Rockets orbit our Planet Room. A more structured educational plan and greater independence come together to facilitate more in-depth learning opportunities. Of course, our entire galaxy revolves around our play-based curriculum, our positive communication, and positive behavior management techniques.  
• Spaces available for full time (5 days a week) and part time (2, 3, or 4 days a week)
• Infants (3 months)–Pre-K 
• Hours: 7:00 am–4:00 pm
• Days: Monday–Friday
• Days of operation follow the NPS district calendar
• Families only pay for district calendar days:
       — Closed Holidays
       — Closed Vacations
       — Closed Summers 

Eligibility for participation in the Early Childcare Program is required. The program is available to children of Needham Public Schools employees, Town of Needham employees, and/or Needham residents. Enrollment priority is extended to children of Needham Public Schools staff and faculty.

Please use the Application link (located in the left sidebar) to submit your application.
If you need assistance, feel free to contact the NCE Administration Office at (781) 455-0400 (option #5) or send your email to [email protected]

Please call (781) 559-3384 or email us at [email protected]

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