Little Schoolhouse Family Daycare, LLC

Having fun. Learning a lot.

Little Schoolhouse: About Us


Having fun. Learning a lot.

The Little Schoolhouse Family Daycare, LLC. is an arts and play based  day care in Northampton, Massachusetts, licensed by the State of Massachusetts. We try to create a home-like atmosphere with quality of education. We believe children learn best through play, therefor outdoor explorations, arts and dramatic play are incorporated into each day. We strive to introduce an early love of arts, language, music and science. We focus on culture and environment awareness and aim to help children learn to become productive members of their community. We garden and compost. We grow our own fruit. We try to make the best choices for the community and your children. That is why we are chemical free and use only natural based cleaning products and provide eco-friendly diaper and wipes for all children. 


Our Curriculum:

We want your children to grow cognitively and emotionally into healthy, happy and independent people. Little Schoolhouse Family Daycare, LLC. utilizes a personalized arts based curriculum. Daily, we offer the children both teacher-directed and child initiated (Emergent) learning activities. During these activities we encouraged the children to learn by doing, by touching and by exploring. We believe in multi-aged grouping and continuity of care. 


“I love arting”- A two year old

Our Program:

At Little Schoolhouse Family Daycare, LLC. we provide a quality program which incorporates:

  • A safe, nurturing and comfortable environment to learn and play

  • A fun, stimulating and creative space where children can explore, learn and grow

  • True and meaningful relationships between the families and child care providers

At the Little Schoolhouse Family Daycare, LLC. we strive to create a positive learning environment through:

  • snow2The Arts

  • Outdoor play

  • Dramatic play

  • Literacy

  • Science

  • Music and Movement

  • Cooking

  • Computers

  • Blocks, Sand and Water



We bake. We art. We go on the bus. We go to the

river. We sing. We go to the park. We swing.




We pride ourselves in:


  • Providing time for arts and creative expression
  • Offering choices
  • Respecting each others ideas
  • Promoting problem solving
  • Allowing children to explore the environment
  • Assigning responsibilities and jobs to the children


Kindness is key:

We are patient, consistent and we have a lot of fun – that’s why we are good. Consistency, positive reinforcement and accountability are very important factors we consider as children develop. We promote respect, kindness and manners. We aim to provide an environment where children have a sense of control, a say in the activities and an overall ownership of the space. We create a space where children are busy, allowing limited time for conflict.

Communication is essential between child and teacher and parent and teacher. We will work with you and your children and together make a plan on how to address any issues if need be.



Hours of operation and closings

We are open Monday through Friday 8:15am – 4:45pm. Please respect our teachers time. We can accommodate emergencies, but any child left at the Little Schoolhouse Family Day Care after 4:45 pm without prior discussion will be subject to a late fee. 

Holiday and Closing

Please see handbook for list of closings and half Days for Staff Meetings

In the event of inclement weather or other emergencies, we follow Northampton public school closures. If there is a delay, we are closed. We do not follow delays. If school is not operating LSH Director has the ultimate decision whether to remain open or close for the day. 


Drop Off

We prefer to have drop offs or pick ups during the designated time 8:15-9am. We want there to be an easy transition at drop off or pick up so, please come in, take your shoes off and say “hi”. Feel free to stay as long as you would like. We will  take your child’s lunch and bag and help your child wash their hands immediately upon arrival.  For safety please:

  • Do not leave your car running

  • Do not leave children unattended in the car

  • Supervise your children during drop offs and pick up



We want your child to want to come and play! 

  • bubbles What you provide:

  • Parents of Infants:  A sleep sack, two bottles with nipples, formula or breast milk, baby food, diaper ointment, tooth paste and extra clothing. 
  • Parents of Toddlers: A blanket, a toothpaste, diaper cream, two sets of extra clothing. 
  • Parents of Preschool Children: blanket, a toothpaste, a set of extra clothes. 
  • Summer Extras:  Swimmers preferably fabric. A sun hat, sunblock, bathing suit and water shoes that won’t fall off. 
  • Winter Extras:  Snow pants, mittens, boots and a winter hat.

Please dress your children appropriately according to the weather. We want to take the children outside daily please make sure that is possible. We encourage parents to buy a TUFFO SUIT.   Also don’t send your favorite clothes,  we will ruin clothes!

IMG_0569What we provide:

  • A fun, loving & stimulating program
  • A healthy  breakfast
  • All snacks, fresh fruit, milk or substitute & fresh filtered H2O
  • Hypoallergenic, compostable, dye and fragrance free diapers and wipes for every child.
  •  Sheets, mats, bibs, bowls plates & utensils.
  • Wooden toothbrushes



Food policy: 


Little Schoolhouse prides itself in introducing healthy early eating habits. We use meal as a time to gather, check in, talk and socialize. For lunch, parents send a protein and a vegetable and fruit in the provided container. Children are asked to serve themselves throughout the meals, including pouring water and feeding themselves. We try to avoid exposure to main stream t.v characters, movies personalities etc. so we ask that no snacks or lunch boxes are sent. We provide a breakfast, fruit and all snacks. Parents provide only a healthy lunch in the provide container.  Please have the meal ready to eat for your child ( no opening packages) ! We are currently EGG FREE.



Outings are a fun and important part of our day. We do not drive with the children, outings are taken by foot, carriage, bike, bus or wagon. We incorporated the community into our curriculum and explore the community often.  

Parent Involvement 

There are many ways that you can get involved in your child’s early education. You are welcomed to participate in any or all of these:

  • Visiting or eating lunch with us

  • Lending objects for us to explore

  • Come in and read to the class during reading time

  • Join us on a field trip, party or special event

Naturally, you are welcome to drop in and visit or observe anytime open and your child is in attendance. 

 What else you should know:

  • The indoor areas are shoeless. Please remove your shoes as well as your child’s at the entrance.

  • We love to Garden
  • We use very few toxins to clean and do not use any toxic chemicals around the children. We are hygienic and clean and sanitize regularly as required by the State of Massachusetts and the EPA.

  • We grow fruit on the property
  • We make a mess. We will do our best to protect your child’s clothes, but please don’t send them in clothes you really don’t want ruined.  

  • We are Certified Lead Free

    Enrollment:  IMG_2905

    Currently accepting waitlist

    • Part time slots ( 3-4 days) may be available, but priority is given to full-time families. 



Our Amazing Teachers

Candice Chouinard

charlieOwner and Director
Bachelors of Arts
Southern Vermont College

Lead Teacher Preschool Lead Teacher Infant Toddler

Candice has worked with children of ages and all backgrounds. She has created and implemented some very exceptional programs with some very exceptional children. Candice finds potential in absolutely everyone. She revels in hand-on, long term, messy projects that kids think are just for fun but, are more educational than anything. She professionally manages and supervises with a fair and team oriented fashion- though she’s tough at times, she’s a softy.

Candice is highly qualified in visual and performing arts, outdoor recreation, health and fitness, and environmental awareness and program development and implementation. She quickly forges meaningful relationships with children and has a strong tendency towards yielding exceptionally heightened breakthroughs and goal orientated impacts. She is full of life and energy and will tire your child out every day.

Shannon Johnson: 

A.A in Early Childhood

CPR-First Aid Certified

Lead Teacher Preschool Lead Teacher Infant Toddler Driector Certified

Shannon is an amazing mother of two awesome boys. She has worked in the child care field for over 15 years and it shows. Shannon is a calm and loving caregiver, with the experience that would make anyone feel comfortable and at ease. The children are drawn to her calm and motherly demeanor, she helps create a balance of stillness and  well-being at the Little Schoolhouse.  Shannon has pride in her work and it shows everyday on the children who love seeing her in the morning.

Rebecca Hawkins: 

Bachelors of Arts:  Literature, Bennington College

Teacher Preschool Lead Teacher Infant Toddler

CPR/First Aid

Rebecca is a young and brilliant woman who has filled a niche at the Little School house with vitality and dynamic vigor. Rebecca is a charismatic and kind caregiver. Her love of literature grows in the hearts of the children more and more each story time. Rebecca also brings a lust for cooking into the daycare by creating lovely bake goods regularly with the children. The children follow Rebecca’s lead with a morally just compass, it is so nice to watch their relationship encourage such engaged and empowered growth.

Irza Bigas

Bachelors of Ed

Teacher Preschool /Teacher Infant Toddler

CPR/First Aid

Irza has been teaching for many years. She is a mother of two great teenagers, but a lover of little ones. Irza has a knack for infants and loves to hold the littles. She has experience from her home in Puerto Rico and is new to teaching in the US. We welcome her with open arms. She is a a huge asset to our program and you can see that each day.

Jen Shafer

Bachelors of Arts:

Teacher Preschool /Teacher Infant Toddler

CPR/First Aid

Jennifer has always known that being around and working with kids is something she was meant to do! She is devoted auntie to three kiddos and she is very happy to be a part of our team at LSH! She has a passion for the arts and loves to be a part of helping children reach their full potential. Her heart is so big and she will never run out of love to give to all of the children she is honored to be a teacher for! She has a bachelors degree in Fashion design and is continuing to pursue her education in the early childhood education field. She is CPR/first aid certified.

Madelyn Herb


Teacher Preschool Lead Teacher Infant Toddler

CPR/First Aid

Teacher Preschool Teacher Infant Toddler

Madelyn has been working with children have been working with
children in schools, camps and mentorship programs for over  9
years.  She  has a gift for  music and movement. She loves to get the toddlers fired up with a good  dance party. Madelyn is always up for an adventure, both in and out of the classroom.

Jaileen Rivera

CPR/First Aid

Jaillen as a teenager, decided to pursue her degree in early childhood. Jaileen is cool, calm and collected. She is a true childcare professional. She loves children, stays centered in chaos and we love having he int he beginning of her career. She is bilingual and brings that to LSH

Jaeleen Martinez

Bachelors of Science UMass Amherst

Teacher Preschool  Teacher Infant Toddler

CPR/First Aid

Jae-Jae comes from a background of residential treatment. She is professional and calm, lovely and sweet. Jae-Jae is a I/T Teacher and loves to be with the babies. She is always willing to try a new activity, new dance and brings fun and love of life to the classroom.

Jace Rascal Smith : Arts Curriculum

 Bachelors of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, NYC

Masters of Art Education, Massachusetts College of Arts and Design, Boston Massachusetts

Jace ‘Rascal’  Smith is a visiting certified art educator who brings a vast array of visual art curriculum  to the children  the Little Schoolhouse. Rascal has won over every child whom has ever dared set hands on a brush during a class. Rascal continues to build the arts curriculum at the LSH with brilliant and bold projects engaging the children in the arts like they have never done before. Check out to learn more about Rascal.

 The Little Roots 

Once a Month we welcome the amazing Maggie Share to play for us at Little Schoolhouse. She brings her love of music, laughter and movement to the children. Parents are welcome to join us the on the first Friday of each month. Check Little Roots out!