The Capuano Early Childhood Center is a unique public early-childhood facility dedicated to enriching the lives of the children and families it serves. The Capuano Center's educational philosophy calls the staff to provide students with extensive, varied and developmentally appropriate learning opportunities that will help them grow intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. The Center is made up of sixteen pre-kindergarten and nine kindergarten classes. The Capuano Center has a talented staff which provides a child-centered, nurturing environment that stimulates the young minds entrusted to their care. Classes reflect the City's diversity with a blend of languages, cultures and abilities. Students are supported and challenged with exciting interactive and appropriate curriculum, instruction and assessment. Teaching students to love reading and develop intellectual curiosity are important components of the school curriculum. A partnership with Raising a Reader enhances Capuano preschool students' success by loaning students and their families a bag of books every week to share at home.
Learning at the Capuano extends well beyond the school day. Community Schools runs an after school fee-for-service day-care program for all students that delivers safe, developmentally appropriate enrichment activities for youth until 5:30 PM. The Capuano Center's active and supportive PTA funds opportunities to extend students' learning through classroom activities, presentations and field trips connected to the early childhood instruction standards and topics.
The Michael E. Capuano Early Childhood Center is a state-of-the-art facility opened in 2003 as a model for early-childhood centers everywhere. The school is recognized by The Green Guide as one of the top ten Green Schools in the nation and a 2004 winner of the Walter Taylor Award given by the American Association of School Architects for outstanding architectural design. The Capuano Center has several developmentally appropriate interpretive exhibits designed by TERC to help young children understand the science, technology and purpose of the environmentally friendly features of the school building.