POLL: Where is the Best Preschool/Day Care in Sudbury?

In our latest of a series of 'Best Of Patch Readers' Choice' polls, we want to know where you recommend kids stay while parents are at work or otherwise engaged.

Today's parents are busier than ever. And if you and your spouse both work, that can make for even crazier days during the workweek.

In Sudbury, you have a few options that will help you out if you have kids who are preschool aged or younger:, , , , , , , , and .

So we want to know, which day care or preschool do your kids attend, or what day care or preschool do you recommend to others?

Take our poll and let us know what you think.

Because this poll is not scientific, it is not the sole consideration in choosing a winner. The winner will be determined by the Patch editor, based on poll results and reviewsand-ratings on our directory, Patch Places. Please vote only once per survey, per Patch.

The poll will end Friday at 9 a.m., and we'll announce the winner at noon on Friday.

Should there be a tie, the most positive comments made for the business involved in the tie will act as a tie-breaker. So don't forget to share your opinion why your day care or preschool is the best.

And check out similar polls in the nearby towns of Wayland, Concord, and Acton.

Yansheng March 06, 2012 at 08:04 PM
When we looked around in this area for working parent friendly daycare five years ago, Sudbury Children Learning center truly stood out. They have long operating hours and opens during several national holidays. The teachers are friendly and really care about the development of all kids. Many of them have been with SCLC for many years, which I think as a very important factor to evaluate a daycarecenter. The facility is nice and clean. Many parents send siblings together. Both of my kids proudly call it "my school". I feel lucky I found SCLC.
Lei Wang March 06, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Both of my kids went to Aruna's Place and it's the BEST for us. Aruna is a wonderful person and a passionate teacher who cares about each of the kids. My kids love going there and i have the peace of mind when I left them to Aruna similar to leaving them to a family member.
Lisa Michaels March 06, 2012 at 11:09 PM
When I moved here 2 years ago everyone I met told me we'd like SUNNY HILL the best. I checked out almost every preschool in the area, and in the end I agreed. My daughter has been at Sunny Hill for 1.5 years and loved every minute. I love that it's clean, well run (classroom and administration) and every teacher is caring, calm and positive. I also like that I can get a peek at what life is like for her there by volunteering as Mystery Reader or helping out in the classroom for various projects. If I cannot, I can still see how she is doing with the daily posts outside her classroom along with lots of photos. When I did my tours of the schools 2 years ago, Sunny Hill made me feel the most comfortable, and I'm so glad I went with my gut (and the advice of everyone else I met). As a plus, she has met so many of her future Kindergarten classmates through her classes and "Stay and Play", and I've met a ton of super friendly moms.
Mind Your Manners March 07, 2012 at 03:02 AM
As a teacher, myself, and a mother of 4, I have had the privilege of having my children cared and nurtured for by the staff at WoodsEdge Children's Center. Two of my children are still there, a 2yr old and an infant. My 2 yr old has needed services through Early Intervention and the school has been extremely accommodating to his needs. They have gone above and beyond to work with his EI teacher and implement the strategies on a daily basis. This can be unsettling for any parent to find their child on a service plan at such a young age. Being a full time teacher and not being able to be present during his services is even more so for me. However, I have witnessed such growth from him over the past year and knowing his care and instruction continued on a daily basis from his teachers at WoodsEdge is a huge reason why there has been this huge growth. I am so proud and confident of where my children are during the day because I know they are loved by every staff member there. They put the child and the family first.
Cassy E. West March 07, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Sudbury Cooperative Preschool is a wonderful, nurturing preschool for children. The positive experiences and traditions are a valuable part of a child's first years. Co-op is also a valuable and enriching experience for parents, too. The parent-helping is a great way for parents to take part in their children's early education. My two children, now teenagers, still talk about their years at Co-op. They remember all the fond memories and their friendships have stayed strong ever since. As a parent and former Board member, I am proud of the time and energy spent in and out of the classroom. We are very fortunate to have been part of the Co-op family! The Sudbury Cooperative Preschool is the BEST preschool in Sudbury!!
Amy La Hait March 07, 2012 at 03:30 PM
My husband and I have had wonderful experiences with the daycares/preschools in the Sudbury/Lincoln area and we feel fortunate to live in an area that places such a high value on educating children. We both work full-time and needed infant care. The choices for daycare are more limited in Sudbury and location becomes a huge factor when you are trying to get to work on time. Sudbury Children's Learning Center fit our needs perfectly for infant care. Sherri in the Infant Room was so loving and wonderful with our son and I feel she played a major role in developing his fun-loving personality. When my son was 20 months, he began at Magic Garden in Lincoln. The teachers there are nurturing and committed to their work; the outdoor space is amazing (4 different playgrounds); and the extracurriculars such as Spanish, tumbling, music, movement, and swimming kept my son fully engaged and happy. After 3 years, we decided to move him to Next Generation to get to know more Sudbury families. He has learned so much and has made great friends that he will see next year at Noyes and SED. We love the curriculum there, especially how they get the kids excited about learning to recognize and write the letters with “The Letter People.” I do not believe that there is a BEST daycare or preschool. Many places on the list are not options for families who need full-time, infant through pre-k care. As someone else so aptly stated: There is no best; there is only a “Best for my child.”
kevin hodson March 07, 2012 at 04:58 PM
My wife and I recently enrolled our two children at WoodsEdge in Sudbury and couldn't be happier. Having transferred in from an more "institutional" style setting, WoodsEdge's smaller, more rural and honestly family centric feel has left us w/ nothing but positive things to say about the experience.
DBoudreau March 07, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I have two children who attended day care in Sudbury. One is in a junior in high school and the other is in college. We had a wonderful experience at Sudbury Children's Learning Center. I appreciated that many of the teachers had been working there for many years. The teachers were warm and inviting and made it easier for me to leave them, knowing they were in good hands. They both had wonderful experiences. I can't say enough about what a great start my children had at Sudbury Children's Learning Center.
Michelle March 07, 2012 at 09:05 PM
There is no one "best" option for every child and family - we all have different needs. There are many excellent choices in the area and we are lucky to have options. We have had children in daycare for 10 years across 3 centers in Sudbury, and Next Gen is by far the best for us. The teachers are consistently fabulous across the board, and the leadership team is top-notch. Despite the school's size the directors and program managers know each child and family and are always available to discuss questions around transitions, sleep schedule, etc. From a working parent perspective it also is the most reliable program in town, in terms of how many days per year and hours per day it is open. After pre-school and pre-k at ngcc kids are very well prepared for public school. Our youngest is a young toddler at NGCC full time - after our prior experience there we did not hesitate to enroll him as well, and he loves it! The size of the school means that kids are placed with other kids close to their age (within a few months) so they are always doing age-appropriate activities - you're not stuck repeating pre-k or placed with kids much older or younger. And they do a great job providing the kids with a healthy and balanced lunch each day - one less thing for parents to pack each morning. My only negative comment is that they are really expensive - but for our family we feel it is worth every penny.
Two little munchkins March 08, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Our family has had a WONDERFUL experience with WoodEdge. Our children love to be outdoors and with 3+ playgrounds on 5 acres, it was a no-brainer for us! We also liked that there is an indoor gym for the kids to let off some steam during those inclement weather days. The staff is incredibly nurturing and communicative and the Director (Laura) is fantastic. When our oldest went into Kindergarten, the teacher mentioned how impressed she was with his group that came from WE as they were so well prepared for the transition. As mentioned above, everyone has different needs for their specific situation. For us, a family with two full-time working parents, WE has been amazing. As we approach our last year at the school, I am realizing how much I will miss the community there!
Stacey Funk March 08, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I cannot say enough positive things about the Sudbury Cooperative Preschool. When my son turned two, I searched for a preschool that would provide him with the platform to gain social/self confidence, and I found that at the Sudbury Coop (and I live in Acton!) My oldest son was enrolled in the 2's, 3's and the pre-K class. Each year exceeded our expectations. The teachers have a NUMBER of years of experience, and their hands-on nurturing and rich curriculum, prepared my son for for the transition into Kindergarten in more ways than one! My middle son is currently enrolled in the 3's, and my youngest daughter will start at the Sudbury Cooperative Preschool in the Fall. While my children have thrived at the school (and they are very different), it has also been a very enriching experience for me!. Being involved in my children's early education allowed me to see first hand how they learned, and related to others, and I found that to be invaluable. Some may get 'scared' by the volunteer hours needed from a cooperative school environment, but it is only a few hours of the month, and I have never felt it to be overwhelming. I really look forward to my parent helper days! Best decision my family ever made for our kids.
Jessica Meyers March 08, 2012 at 06:48 PM
While I am not a parent in the area, I am a nanny in Sudbury. When I first started with family I work for the little one was barely a toddler and the older child was in the 4's room at Next Gen. When the little one reached two we knew we didn't need the long days the older child required and began looking for an environment that would encourage her socially, didn't require a minimum attendance and allowed both the parents and I to participate in her education. Im pretty sure I went to and researched every preschool in a 10 mile radius of Sudbury. While the numerous mommy and me classes offered in the area are amazing, Sudbury Cooperative Preschool provided the same comfortable environment but also allowed her to gain her independence. The family and I are now at our second year at the Coop and love the community it provides. There are many opportunities for us to see her interact with her peers at school functions and we know she has formed lasting relationships. I feel strongly that the education she is getting now, will provide an excellent foundation for her future.
Carrie Angelo March 08, 2012 at 10:55 PM
3rd child currently going through Sudbury Coop. Couldn't be happier! Great people, great staff, great community!
Kristen March 09, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Little Hands Academy has been a great fit for a full-time day care option for our toddler and infant. When making our choice we visited most of the full-day options in the area and found LHA to have more of a family-like and loving feel. We like the Reggio Emilia teaching approach that they use and the focus on learning through play. The teachers in the toddler and infant rooms are very loving and fabulous at their jobs as early educators (the pre-school teachers also seem great, but I do not have direct experience with them yet as my kids are younger). I've been particularly impressed with how well the teachers and director really get to know each child and their unique needs. The kids are always engaged in creative activities - ranging from painting, to gymnastics, to yoga, to nature walks on a nearby trail - and the teachers do an exceptional job of providing detailed information about their days. My son always comes home a bit messy - paint on his shirt, sand in his shoes, marker on his hand - a sign of a good and busy day for a toddler! I've also enjoyed meeting some really nice parents of families from Sudbury and other neighboring towns.
Jody O'Malley March 09, 2012 at 01:43 AM
I strongly recommend Apple Valley Montessori School--for infants, preschool and beyond! All three of my children went there (three years each), and we couldn't have been happier with their experience. They made close friends, had wonderful adventures (planting and harvesting in the garden, tracking animals in snowshoes, playing games in the woods, examining creatures in the vernal pool), learned to become more independent (tying their shoes, cleaning up after themselves), respectful of others, and challenged themselves in the classroom (the academic component is incredible!). And above all, they loved their teachers! They still ask to go back and visit. And we parents found superb partners in the director, teachers and other parents in helping our kids develop their full potential. (We took a 6 week evening parent class, "Redirecting Children's Behavior," that was invaluable.) AVMS is a hidden gem in Sudbury--it is an exceptional place where learning and growing is a joy!
Anic March 09, 2012 at 02:02 AM
My daughters goes to Next Gen, and we love it! My younger daughter suffers from GI issues and the teachers worked hard to figure out the bet way o feed her. My older daughter, who goes to toddler, can't wait to get out of the car and meet her teacher "Sarah" , she is so in love with her teacher. The teachers are cari g and extremely involved. The school works to make working parents life easier. We are so lucky she goes to Next Gen
Alyssa March 09, 2012 at 02:44 AM
We have been very happy with WoodsEdge Children's Center! Both my son and daughter started there at 4 months old and were very happy there at all stages. My son is now in kindergarten and I feel that he was well prepared for the transition. The teachers at WoodsEdge are all caring and nurturing and the director is fabulous. They have 3 outdoor playgrounds and outdoor play is incorporated as much as possible, which has been a huge plus for my two children. Another bonus is their flexible schedules which has been ideal with my ever changing work schedule.
John H March 09, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Our 5 year old goes to Apple Valley Montessori. She has been there for 3 years and we are thrilled with her teachers. She has learned to be a member of a community, how to make friends, and she has learned how to learn.
Debbie March 09, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Apple Valley Montessori has been more than just an incredible school for our children; we've developed lifelong friendships with other AVMS families due to its strong community atmosphere. We learned about Apple Valley from a friend when we started looking for a different pre-school for our daughter (we were unhappy with the teacher turnover at the first preschool she attended). When we went to visit Apple Valley and see a classroom in action, we were amazed by the harmonic interactions in a classroom of 30 children. Our daughter spent 3 years in primary (from age 3-6), and we would have sent her to the toddler program had we discovered the school earlier. Our son was lucky to have the opportunity to enter the toddler program at 16 months and then move up to primary when he turned 3. He started reading at age 4 and is doing fairly advanced mathematics now at age 5. The snowshoeing, exploration of local vernal pools, gardening, animal tracking, yoga, varied classroom materials, learning about other cultures, etc. provides a richness not available elsewhere. I can't say enough about the Montessori approach and the top notch teachers at Apple Valley that have helped our children develop into the best they can be.
maria romero March 09, 2012 at 03:51 AM
My twins started at Sudbury Cooperative Preschool this year with great success. I was worried because they were extremely attached to me, but the Coop made the transition a pleasure. I looked at a few preschools before choosing the Coop but the Coop was different. I couldn't imagine leaving my girls upset about leaving me, and I prepared myself to spend some time in the classroom until they got to know and trust their teacher, and eventually be okay with me leaving. However, I only stayed one morning before my girls were confident and happy, and I could leave them smiling...not crying. Here a few things that made the transition easy: Before school starts the teachers visit each child's home so the kids have a familiar adult face on the first day of school. They have modified schedule for the first few weeks to ease the children into a full day at school (away from their parents). There's always a parent in the classroom which I think is comforting. Parent-helping is part of the school's philosophy and one parent from each family helps about once a month. The classes are small with only about 8-10 students in each classroom. My girls love school so much they just started doing Stay and Play (extends the day until 2:30) which gives me a very nice break. Our family lives in Southborough, and I would't dream of going to another preschool.
Janine March 09, 2012 at 04:35 AM
There's a reason why there are so many positive reviews here for Sudbury Cooperative Preschool. We are all so proud to be a part of such an amazing school. I have two children who have both completed three years at the Co-op and one who just started this year. Thanks to the warm and caring director and teachers, the fun and rewarding times helping in the classroom, not to mention the broad spectrum of enrichment programs; my children and I have had such memorable experiences at the Co-op. I encourage anyone considering preschool for their child to visit Sudbury Cooperative Preschool.
Christina Papageorgiou March 09, 2012 at 05:32 AM
I highly recommend Apple Valley Montessori School. I have three children who attend both the primary and elemantary levels and a fourth who will enroll next year as a toddler. The teachers are warm, very experienced and qualified. The montessori method has been extremely beneficial for all three of my children. An emphasis on picking a work and finishing it to completion is a quality that my children will benefit from for their entire life. We had experienced warm preschool environments in the past, but Apple Valley goes way beyond that. The amazing hands on nature work, math and reading instruction , world geography, sensorial work and emphasis on independence and the childs' own relationship to the world in which they live is unsurpassed. As a working parent of young children, I don't have any doubt that at Apple valley my children are safe, happy, stimulated and gaining a sense of independence, work ethic and community cooperation that will be critical for them to have forever. Apple Valley is a "must see" school In action. AWESOME!
Darlene Coyne-Tupta March 09, 2012 at 06:04 AM
Sudbury Cooperative Preschool is more than a school, it is a community. We chose the Co-op because they offered a 2 year old program that really focused on childhood development. We felt the foundation our son would receive, was unlike any other preschool in the area. As a new parent, I constantly sought advice how to better assist my son. I don’t know that I would have had that support anywhere else. Our family experienced 2 losses during our time at the Co-op, and we were amazed at how loving and supportive the parent community was. The emotional support our son received truly made a difference in how he coped. The school has been around for 60+ years in Sudbury, and reading all of the comments here from former members, I am so thankful that we found Sudbury Cooperative Preschool!
Carmen Gervet sakkout March 09, 2012 at 06:09 AM
Apple valley Montessori was our best choice. The 3 kids went there 2 -6 yrs old. An ideal combination of education, fun and social development. Very good staff too and wonderful 'n lover it and the girls too, still talking about it now age 11. Gave them love for reading, science and independence. Carmen Gervet
Ken T March 09, 2012 at 11:05 AM
My wife and I visited a few preschools in the area before we got to Sudbury Cooperative Preschool and once we visited, we knew that this was where we wanted our daughter to go. There were several factors that made this decision very easy, but the most important one had to do with their policy regarding food allergies. Their policy is a proactive one where they work with you to have an action plan in place and if your child requires an EpiPen, they make sure that it is in the classroom and readily accessible. Since they occasionally have projects that involve food, the teachers all work with the parents to make sure that the environment is safe and that each child is included. It was important for us to know that she would be in an environment that was safe and inclusive. This has been such an enriching experience for our daughter. She has blossomed in her time at the Coop and she has established friendships that will last a very long time. This experience has also been amazing for both myself and my wife. We both work full-time, but we found it very important to be a part of her early education experiences. Being able to participate in the classroom has allowed us to watch the development of not only our daughter, but that of all of her classmates as well. As our daughter enters the Pre-K program next fall, our son will be entering the Toddler program. We are so excited to see him flourish in this environment just as our daughter did.
Larry March 09, 2012 at 12:20 PM
For us the choice was easy...Apple Valley Montessori School. Our daughter learned independence, responsibility and respect for others and herself. She was able to learn at her own pace in a loving and accepting environment. Her knowledge of nature and the environment is due to the fabulous nature program. She is now thriving in the SPS and Apple Valley gave her the strong foundation to do so.
Rachel Xu March 09, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Rachel The one of my best choices for my son is that I chose Apple Valley Montessori School for him at four years ago. He graduated from his primary class (3-6 year old) and now is in the elemetary program. He is from a little shy boy to today's confident and motivated young individual. I am amazed with his growth over the years. The teaches there are well adapted Montessori methods to every child and very caring groups. My daughter, just turned 2 at few days ago, started in Apply Valley on the past Monday. She has already loved school and happy to be there everyday. I highly recommended Apple Valley Montessori School to everyone with young children.
Rachel Xu March 09, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Rachel The one of my best choices for my son is that I chose Apple Valley Montessori School for him at four years ago. He graduated from his primary class (3-6 year old) and now is in the elemetary program. He is from a little shy boy to today's confident and motivated young individual. I am amazed with his growth over the years. The teaches there are well adapted Montessori methods to every child and very caring groups. My daughter, just turned 2 at few days ago, started in Apply Valley on the past Monday. She has already loved school and happy to be there everyday. I highly recommended Apple Valley Montessori School to everyone with young children.
Maria Spera Cianfichi February 03, 2014 at 09:37 AM
Aruna's Place has provided my twins a wonderful learning and caring environment. Aruna makes the kids feel safe, keeps them busy, motivated and stimulated. They learn how to focus, work/learn by themselves or in a group, and to respect themselves and others. The kids graduate with a good base to start kindergarten and to join the school community.
Mike February 04, 2014 at 09:31 AM
Our son attends Aruna's Place and he loves to go to school each and every day. Their approach to the children is one of love, understanding and fulfillment. We are amazed every day with the rate at which he is learning and progressing as a student and a person. There is no doubt where we will be sending our second son when he is old enough.


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