A nurturing preschool in the heart of Back Bay

serving children ages 15 months through Preschool

About Us

At JWS we focus on cultivating children’s long-term academic, and social success in the world through play-based learning. By emphasizing individualized problem-solving, emotional regulation, and skilled expression in small groups, children walk into their first day of kindergarten ready to learn and succeed. When children are self-assured and comfortable in their environment, they can spend their mental energy on learning. This is what we’ve seen from our alumni, and what we’ve heard from the schools they ultimately attend.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2021-22 School Year.

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The relationship between our families and staff is deeply seeded in a mutual commitment to building a community where children and families thrive. Interactions flow well past the bounds of the school day, with parents regularly gathering for morning coffees, serving on the Board of Directors, and volunteering and organizing events for the entire community.

Founded in 1966, we are a non-religious school for young children located in the basement of the First Church in Boston.

Our teachers have been with us for a long time. They all share their passion for children and love for learning.


Our school operates on a school calendar year starting in September and ending in June, with additional summer offerings.

We operate 5 days a week, 8:15am-5:30pm with flexible scheduling options.

Some of our highlights include weekly ABC Spanish in Motion classes and plenty of outdoor play: We have 2 courtyards with slides, sand boxes etc. that we share amongst our 4 classrooms, start the mornings at the Clarendon Playground, visit the Public Garden, and go for strolls around our beautiful Back Bay neighborhood.

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