Welcome to the West Newbury Learning Center! The WNLC is a special place where children of all ages come to explore, socialize, and create. We understand that your childcare needs may change weekly or even daily, and that needs vary by family. We offer morning sessions for your preschooler that you can purchase without commitment and afternoon classes and workshops for older children.
My name is Tracy Hartford and I am an inspired teacher who believes that children learn best when engaged in deep, meaningful play. In late 2018 I took a leap of faith and left my full time teaching job to open this center. It started with a vision of how I wanted to live my life and feel more connected to my work. From the moment we opened our doors, the universe has shown me that this is my path to fulfillment and success.
My teaching philosophy is founded in fostering a quality play based educational environment in a safe, nurturing atmosphere. I pride myself on extending my caring personality to both the children and the families I work with. My husband, two children and I have had the pleasure of living in West Newbury for the last 17 years. My background as an educator, with a Master’s degree in Child Development and 15 years teaching in both public and private preschool and public elementary school, has given me the experience to provide an educational environment for young children that is as unique as it is exciting. I feel a great sense of honor offering this community a quality learning environment.
During our “tot sessions” for preschoolers, your child will benefit from a variety of activity centers that include craft projects, sensory table exploration, dramatic play, books and puzzles. There will be a new and interesting theme that changes monthly. We will enjoy songs, stories and activities that go along with that theme. We will also have a snack time together. At the end of class each day, we will join together on the rug for meeting time to read stories and sing songs.
We also offer yoga, music and movement classes as well as literacy and tutoring and executive function coaching for older children. We look forward to meeting your family!
For our current schedule of programs, click the programs drop down menu in the navigation.
About Tracy Hartford
Tracy Hartford has 20 years of experience in early education in both public and private school settings. She loves working with children of all ages, and most of all, she is passionate about the importance of play-based learning. Tracy oversees the toddler, preschool and literacy programs at the WNLC.
Newbury Elementary School, Newbury, MA
Pathways for Learning, West Newbury, MA
Hill View Montessori School, Haverhill, MA
The Children’s Place, Boston MA
Masters of Science, Human Development, Wheelock College, 1992
Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education and Family Studies, University of New Hampshire, 1988
Massachusetts Early Education and Care Standard Certificate
About Terry Hartford
After 25 years in the corporate world working as a project manager developing, buying and selling power plants around the globe, Terry decided to pursue his real passion, teaching and coaching. Using skills honed in corporate finance managing billion dollar transactions, he will instill those same skills in your child. With exceptional organizational skills, time management and the ability to plan, Terry helps kids with executive function weakness get things done. Most recently, he spent 8 weeks successfully teaching 8th grade algebra to 110 students at the local Georgetown Middle High School. He is currently teaching math for the Department of Youth Services in Middleton while also providing tutoring services to local kid targeting 5th through 9th graders. With a unique sense of humor and a directness kids truly appreciate, Terry is able to build trusting positive relationships with children through years of experience coaching and teaching kids. He is also the Varsity Head Coach of both the Georgetown High School Girls Alpine Race and the Boys Varsity Lacrosse teams. Helping, teaching and coaching kids is his passion, allow him to help yours.
Terry oversees the executive function and tutoring programs at the WNLC.