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Belmont, MA Preschool - serving Belmont, Watertown, Waltham, Arlington and more!

           Kids On The Hill Preschool Of The Arts

Kids On The Hill, located in Belmont, Ma has welcomed children to its current location since 2007.  Parents rave about the warm staff and children rave about the fun learning environment.  Come see for yourself or contact us today!

Kids On The Hill Preschool Of The Arts offers several options:

  • Traditional Day: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Extended Day: 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM (This option is available for one to five days per week.)




Our Director and teachers are certified preschool teachers with over 15 years experience!

Our affordable preschool has both full-time and half-day openings and are a year round program. Our drop off starts at 7:30 a.m. and pick up is 5:30 p.m. 

We are licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) of Massachusetts.  All teachers are CPR and First Aid certified.

Kids On The Hill Preschool Of The Arts  provides pre-school, and extended day programs for school aged children. The school is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and operates on a 12-month calender.  Daily activities are selected by children from a variety of learning areas developed and prepared by teachers, including dramatic play, blocks, science, math, games, puzzles, books, art, cooking, woodworking, music, and outdoor play.

At Kids on the Hill Preschool Of The Arts, the children’s day is structured to provide a balance of activities providing for individual, small group, and large group experiences.

  In creating Kids On The Hill Preschool of the Arts, we have constructed an environment for your little ones to fortify themselves with confidence and creativity to tackle challenges at every stage of life.  A favorite poem once told to me so beautifully illustrates “Our days are truly the canvas of life that we paint and design.”   Your children's experiences at Kids On The Hill Preschool of the Arts will shape the way they see themselves as capable individuals, which sets the stage for personal and academic success.

 PLAY AND LEARN CENTERS - The preschool is arranged in “play” and “learn” centers which allow the child to participate as an individual or in a small group in an activity of interest where hands on participation and learning can occur. Learning centers used in a warm, supportive atmosphere provide a wide variety of experiences while giving each child a chance to make choices and to develop his/her own interests. Learning centers provide “mini-environments” throughout the classroom. Special activities are planned in different centers each day. Young children learn best when they can test their curiosity against real experiences (versus purely verbal or visual). Thus this supervised experience in the play-learn centers is a central part of our program.

Our learning centers include:
    Art Center
    Truck Center
    Housekeeping Center
    Play Dough Center
    Language Center (books, cd's and learning games)
    Sandbox Center

    Here are some of the things the child will learn while playing:

       1. To make choices and grow in independence.
       2. To discover and learn through hands-on experience.
       3. To feel self confident because of success in achieving new skills.
       4. To enlarge his/her vocabulary and communication skills.
       5. To learn to think and problem solve.
       6. To develop motor skills (large and small muscles).
       7. To gain new information.
       8. To develop socially and learn to relate to others in small groups.
       9. To engage in imaginative dramatic play and role playing.
      10. To act responsibly and care for materials and equipment.
      11. To share and be responsible to others as a member of a group.
      12. To develop self-control and acceptable social behavior.

CIRCLE TIME - learning to be a cooperative member of a larger group is an essential life skill, experiences in circle time provide opportunities to listen, to concentrate, to communicate, to wait your turn, and to participate in socially acceptable ways. Music, learning games, finger plays, stories, movement, etc. enrich this time.

ROUTINE TIMES - Hand washing, clean up, snack time, dressing, etc. also foster cooperation, responsibility, and independent self-help.

 LARGE MUSCLE ACTIVITIES -  An important part of early childhood development is the ability to use body movements with skill and coordination. This not only uses the abundant energy of the age, but it provides self-confidence and has a relationship to readiness for more defined learning of basic study skills. Thus, we spend part of the day outdoors in the play yard, or in our indoor play areas, stressing motor skills such as balance, locomotion, eye and hand coordination as well as games, which help develop body control.

Yoga Class

This class is a wonderful way for children to experience yoga as a means of self-expression through poses, breathing, visualization, and games. Yoga helps build confidence and awareness, giving youngsters a way to express feelings, become aware of tension and relaxation, and increase coordination and flexibility in safe, gentle ways.

Acting Class

Children will be instructed in the craft of acting learning basic stage presence, stage direction, beats, rhythm, and timing.

Daily Activities:

Indoor/ Outdoor Recess
Snack time          
Free Play
Arts & Crafts   
Nap Time
Dramatic Play
Gross Motor Play
Language Arts
Circle Time
Curriculum Time
Spanish, French

MORNING SCHEDULE (7:30 am – 11:30 am)

7:30 – 8:45 Free play
8:45 – 9:00 Preparation for formal portion of day
9:00 – 11:30 Opening circle, Music, Art, Discovery (math, science, literature/ Social Studies), Outside Play, and Snack. All activities are designed for the appropriate developmental level of the children involved.

MID-DAY SCHEDULE (11:30 am – 2:00 p.m.)

11:30 – 12:00 Outdoor/indoor time
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch for all-day children. Half day children go home
1:00 – 2:00 Nap/rest time

AFTERNOON SCHEDULE (2:00 pm – 5:30 pm)

2:00 – 3:30 Art, music, literature, and discovery in addition to snack and outdoor play
3:30 – 3:45 Closing Circle
3:45 – 5:30 Free play indoors and outdoors

The children nap throughout much of the preschool area. Mats are set up throughout the Preschool.

At Kids On The Hill Preschool Of The Arts special events are very important to us. We celebrate all Holidays. Halloween is a fun time for the children! Every October, we have a party and the children come to school dressed in costumes and read fun stories. We also walk around the neighborhood in costumes.  We also have a joyous year-end party in August where we acknowledge all of our children's efforts throughout the year and distribute diplomas to our graduating children. Birthday parties are celebrated all year with a party at Kids On The Hill Preschool Of The Arts.


Favorable child-teacher ratios make it possible to provide many opportunities for children to develop social skills such as cooperating, helping, negotiating, and communicating to resolve conflicts. Flexible part-time and full-time schedules are available. Holiday dates are announced at the start of each new year.

The center is owned and operated  by Joan McDonough and Melanie Cote