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

The second in our series of "Best of Patch Readers' Choice" contests. Vote in the poll, defend your choice in the comments, and come back Friday at noon to find out the winner.

Last week we started our series of week-long "Best of Patch Readers' Choice" contests. The first category was "Best Breakfast in Acton" and was voted best breakfast spot.

This week the category is: Best Preschool/Day Care.

Here's how it works. Vote in the poll below. Add comments supporting your decision and influencing other Acton residents to see that you're right, after all.

The poll closes at 9 a.m. Friday. Because this poll isn't scientific, it isn't the sole consideration in choosing a winner. The winner will be determined by the Patch editor (that's me, Patrick Clark), based on poll results, comments on this story and reviews on Patch Places. Please vote only once per survey.

And now, the nominees, along with links to their Patch Places pages:

The winner gets bragging rights and a framed certificate from Patch. Let the voting and commenting begin!

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

[Editor's note: We started off calling the contest "Best of Acton" and have changed it to "Best of Patch Readers' Choice." It's the same contest, just with a name that's more descriptive.]

Abigail March 08, 2012 at 02:43 PM
My son, age 3.5, is at Acton Children's School and I think it may be his favorite place on Earth. Really! There is something special about the atmosphere there -- the kids have a loving place to explore and learn and just have fun. For my son, I love that the older groups have time both within their age groups and as a mixed group, too. For me, I couldn't beat the flexibility. I have a part-time job that requires two full days of care (long hours that many other preschools don't offer) and occasional extra hours (last-minute flexibility that, again, many other preschools don't offer). And don't forget the teachers, who do an amazing job every day. I had the kids at a more traditional daycare before this, and I can't tell you how much I love that my son is getting the best of both worlds -- the hours of a daycare, but the exploration and support of a preschool.
Kelly March 08, 2012 at 02:46 PM
The Acton Coop school is fantastic. The teachers and director are warm, dedicated, and great people. The families play an active role in the school (and are great people too). My kids love it there and have been so happy!
Diana Brown March 08, 2012 at 02:50 PM
We have been so happy with Acton Children's School. We switched our daughter to ACS after the chaos and inexperienced staff at a different center started negatively affecting her. Within one day at ACS, she was back to her happy, school-loving self. In the year since then, she has blossomed even more and talks nonstop about her friends and teachers. We have been delighted with the quality of the programs there and only wish we had started going there sooner.
erica March 08, 2012 at 06:51 PM
All three of my children go to, or have gone to Nashoba Valley Children's Center. We absolutely love the program and the staff! They are nurturing, enthusiastic, and genuinely care about each child in their class. The owner is amazing, and on a daily basis, goes above and beyond all of my expectations! The schedule is flexible, which is a life saver for me and my husband (I work part time). Honestly one of the best decisions we've made as parents is sending our kids to Nashoba Valley Children's Center!
Patricia Barr March 09, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Patty Barr Children at Acton Children's School are very creative thinkers. They always surprise me with their out-of-the box ideas. The children are caring to each other, which I attribute to the multi-age group time, fostering a more sibling-like feeling. Caring teachers who promote individuality make this a great school

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