Our Program

The Magic Years Cooperative program is based upon the belief that the preschool years are critical in a child's physical, intellectual and emotional growth. This is a time of discovery and exploration- a time in which creative potential is encourages, self-assurance and self-confidence are developed, and children learn the social skills necessary to get along with their peers.

Children are divided into classrooms based on age: Starfish (pre-K), Dolphins (3-4 yrs), and Tadpoles (2.9 yrs). All groups spend a considerable amount of time together as peers. The multi age experience allows the Starfish to be leaders and Dolphins/ Tadpoles to learn through modeling from their older friends. Each group has time in their own classrooms to focus on developmentally appropriate activities.


Our school day begins at 8:30am and ends at 12:00pm. Classrooms are divided up by age: the younger children (beginning at age 2.9) are in the Dolphin/ Tadpole Room and the older children are in the Starfish Room (pre-K). 


Our Afternoon Adventure program extends the school day to 2:30pm to give children more time with their teachers and friends to learn, play, explore, and engage with each other in small group settings.


Learn more about enrichment activities such as music, yoga and karate here.


Your Preschool opens in early September and closes in early June. Our vacations closely follow the Manchester Public School Calendar.

Dolphin Class

Children must be age 3 by August 31 of the enrolling school year to join the Dolphin Class. Children engage in play, games, projects and routines appropriate for their first year in school. They learn to take turns, get along with their peers, and engage in circle time.

Starfish Class

This class is for our Pre-K children ages 4 and 5. Children begin to develop early literacy, math and science skills. They continue to engage in hands-on learning while also preparing academically and socially for Kindergarten.

Tadpole Class

We offer a few spots in our Tadpole class for children age 2.9 by August 31. The Tadpole group joins our Dolphin class and participates in age appropriate activity, while learning from their peers and engaging in circle time. Tadpoles should be well on their way to toilet trained by the start of the school year.

Discovery Play Activities

- Arts & Crafts

- Puzzles & Games

- Play Dough, Play Stix and other Fine Motor Development Tools

- Water/ Sand/ Exploratory Tables

- Carpenter's Bench

- Science Tools

- Role Playing "Let's Pretend Area"

- Quiet Reading Nook

Outdoor Play, Every Day!

We know that outdoor play, nature and fresh air are key for a child's whole development, so we go outside to play every day- rain, shine or snow! This also helps children learn about the weather, gain skills in dressing themselves/ strengthen fine motor skills, and nutrture each child's self confidence. 

Magic Years' playground is spacious with both a large grass and asphalt area. It is well equipped with safe, fun and age-appropriate play structures. There is plenty of space for games of tag, whiffle ball, baseball, street hockey, riding tricycles and playing hopscotch.