About Us

We are a small, non-profit Reggio Emilia educational center for children ages 15 months-6 years and their families--up to age 8 during the summer program.


Located in the lovely North Amherst, MA village of Cushman, the school is rich in history and beauty. Its bright, spacious classrooms create a home-like environment, with space for active play and quiet activities.


Our program offers the enriching educational opportunities of a traditional preschool, combined with optional summer and extended-day programs. We offer families flexibility in choosing which days their child attends and for how long, allowing each family to create the Cushman experience that is right for their child.


Cushman-Scott's philosophy towards educating young children is inspired by the programs of Reggio Emilia, Italy. Internationally regarded as an exceptional method for early childhood education, the basic principals of the Reggio Emilia schools focus on the strength and capability of the children they serve. Teachers balance structured activities with free play in a program that helps children to develop emotionally, physically and intellectually as they learn about themselves and the world around them.