Non-Discrimination Policy

No child will be denied enrollment on the basis of his/her race, religion or gender or status of toilet training. As our enrollment is limited by

The Department of Early Education and Care regulations and licensing, we retain the right to deny enrollment if all slots for a particular child’s age group are filled. If after talking with parents interested in enrollment, we realize that we do not have the training, equipment, facilities, etc. to successfully care for their child, we will not accept the child. If we are not sure whether or not we could provide an appropriate program for a diverse learner, his/her enrollment would be on a probationary basis. This is in the best interest of the child, since our goal is to meet the needs of each child.

Licensing and Governing Rules and Regulations

Mittineague Children’s Center is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and provides developmentally appropriate programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, ages 8 weeks to 7 years of age. The Center also meets or exceeds West Springfield’s building and health standards, as well as appropriate fire codes as required. All required licenses are posted either in the administrative office and/or the bulletin board in the main hallway near the office for anyone who wishes to review the conditions authorized. A copy of the EEC- Child Care Center Rules and Regulations that govern childcare centers like ours is on file and available for study upon request.


Once you are ready to visit our facility, please set up an appointment so we can best assist you. We will be glad to take the time to inform you about everything you need to know, including enrollment information and the relevant paperwork. You can make an appointment over the phone at (413) 733-5566 or by filling out our contact form. We always appreciate your visit!


The health of every child at our Center is important to us. To keep the spread of illness from child to child at a minimum, we ask that parents sanitize their hands &  help their children wash/sanitize their hands immediately upon entering the Center each morning. Health professionals tell us this is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of germs.


It is our policy to clean, disinfect, and otherwise treat toys, furniture, etc. on a regular basis to prevent the spread of any communicable diseases. Staff members are instructed in proper hand washing, appropriate handling of food, and sanitary methods of dealing with/cleaning up after toileting accidents, etc., to greatly reduce the transmission of communicable disease.

Meals and Snacks

Mittineague Children’s Center provides nutritionally balanced snacks and lunches. A weekly lunch/snack menu is posted on the Parent's Bulletin Board for parents to review, and copies are placed in each classroom each week. All meals and snacks are planned to meet the daily nutritional requirements for children, as required by the United States Department of Agriculture. 


The Center supplies formula and baby cereal for infants under 1 year of age. Parents need to provide baby food and appropriate snacks for older infants. Infants are served table food prepared by the Center once they turn 1 year of age.  

Accommodations will be made for children with food allergies or other dietary restrictions to the best of our abilities. Parents should speak with the Director about their child’s specific needs.

Our Center is operated in accordance with USDA policy, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, age, handicap, religion, or any national origin. Any person who believes he/she has been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should write to:



   USDA Director
   Office of Civil Rights
   Room 366-W. Whitten Bldg.
   1400 Independence Avenue SW
   Washington, DC 20250-9410



If you would like to learn more about Mittneague Children's Center:


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Massachusettes Department of Early Education and Care


EEC's Central Office address:
51 Sleeper Street, 4th Floor,
Boston, MA 02210
Phone: 617-988-6600
Fax: 617-988-2451
TTY: 617-988-2454

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