My little family will be moving to the Pioneer Valley later this spring. I'll be starting work in Springfield, and so we are looking at communities up and down the valley, convenient to 91. We hope to find an area that has good community and events for kids - library story times, parks, etc. Also, we will both need to work full-time so we are looking for leads on good places to for our kids, either daycare, or preschool for my elder. They will be 13 months and 3.5 years when we get there.
Please sing the praises of your area - help me to narrow my geographic focus! I would like to hear about anything that your toddler or preschooler likes about your town.
We moved to the Pioneer Valley about 3 years ago, and we LOVE it. We landed in Sunderland, which we really like, but I don't think you can go wrong in any of the surrounding towns. South Deerfield, Amherst, Hadley, Northampton, South Hadley. All have great libraries and good family communities. and events.
So many good preschools too. I teach at Amherst Montessori, so I'm biased :) but Cushman Scott Children's Center, Fort Hill Center for Early Childhood, The Renaissance School...lots of good places. Tough to find a spot for an infant, but if you can hang on a couple months, once your little one is 15 months, there are many more options.
Good luck settling in!
also caregiver to many other creatures...
We loved Sunnyside Childcare Center in Northampton for our LO. Kind people, a wonderful atmosphere. I liked it that they weren't too heavily focused on 'school readiness'... plenty of time for play and exploration.
Michelle L'Esperance, Certified Professional Midwife ~ Warm Welcome Birth Services
Homebirth Midwife, Birth Doula, Postnatal Doula, Night Doula, and Doula Trainer