The Children’s Center welcomes our community’s children and families. We imagine a school where teachers and families open the world of learning and discovery to children by responding to their questions and explorations. As educators we are inspired by successful early childhood practices and recognize our central responsibility to prepare children for future learning. We envision collaboration with Williams College faculty and students to support research, scholarship, and essential experience with children. We look forward to making a difference in the lives of families and children in our care, and in turn, to making contributions to the landscape of early childhood education.
The WCCC welcomes student involvement through volunteer, work study or other paid classroom opportunities. Student participation in the Children’s Center enriches the lives and learning of the children, families, and staff. Likewise, working with young children offers opportunities for greater connection to the wider Williams community and direct experience with children’s learning on many levels. On occasion, Williams classes make use of the center for observation and research. Students are able to incorporate their studies and/or special interests in their work at the center. Students are also encouraged to present class related projects and research ideas to their professor and the center’s director.
WCCC has limited positions for hiring. In addition, we hope that students also consider us for volunteer opportunities and long-term internships. We ask that anyone interested in working or volunteering at the center come for a brief conversation, submit a statement of experience or a resume, provide references, submit paperwork to Human Resources for a background records check, and have evidence of a physical within the last 12 months with proof of immunity to MMR before participating in the center orientation. Students interested in short term project work related to their studies should submit proposals to the director. Depending on the duration and type of project students may or may not have to go through the paperwork process described above.
44 Whitman Street
Williamstown, MA 01267
Carrie Gagne, Assistant Director