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Early Education


IMG_0111The Ollie provides a safe and nurturing learning environment for our youngest participants to develop the skills they need to enter kindergarten.  Preschool provides abundant opportunities for children to explore their imagination and creativity, fosters enthusiasm and curiosity and supports learning, exploration and social growth.

This program is entirely consistent with the Ollie’s guiding principles to be a safe haven for children and families where social interaction, supervision, age-appropriate activities and learning opportunities are ever-present and to promote, encourage, and develop healthy and whole families, literacy, academic success, social and life skills, and health and wellness in a enriching and nurturing setting.

Quick Facts:

  • Full-time Preschool Program offering services for children 2.9 – 5 years old.
  • The program operates year round 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at 1187 Columbia Road in a building owned by City of Boston and leased by SBNH
  • The program is licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) & accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • The current licensed capacity for the program is 45 children
  • The program serves its youngest participants in a small classroom with 8 children; we transition these children into a larger classroom of 18 as they develop and learn and then into a “kindergarten prep” classroom for our oldest children.
  • The program operates with one full-time director, 3 full-time lead teachers (one in each classroom), 5 full-time teachers and 4-6 part-time teen assistants (grant funded)
  • The program provides 1 healthy snack and 2 meals daily, partially funded by DOE

Program Goals:

100% success for the participants in the South Boston Neighborhood House Early Education and Care Preschool would mean that all children enrolled in our Preschool are prepared to enter kindergarten and will find success in this transition.  The ultimate goals and defining long term participant outcomes of the SBNH Preschool are that every child is prepared for success in school and that all children in our care develop on track and develop positive self-concepts and identities.

We believe that children who see themselves as highly valued are more likely to feel secure, thrive physically, get along with others, learn well and feel part of a community.  Children with special needs, advanced children and second language learners are given equal opportunities to succeed in our classrooms.


Each family is required to pay $205 per week for this program.  Our Program accepts:

  • private pay
  • state subsidized vouchers
  • income eligible subsidies through EEC
  • Department of Children and Families (DCF) supportive subsidies

For more information contact Preschool Director, Lori Hartnett at or call (617)-269-4090