How it all began.....
The Clubhouse was founded by Monika Farrington in March of 1987. Monika, a full-time working mother with two small children, was frustrated by the lack of quality child care available to her. It was difficult to concentrate on her job knowing that her children were not happy. She wanted her children to spend their day in a nurturing and stimulating environment. She wanted to feel good when she left them for the day, knowing that they were happy and enjoying themselves. After several experiences, Monika knew she had to take action. In January of 1987, she refinanced her home, quit her job, and on March 9, 1987 The Clubhouse (named by her sons) opened its doors. Not being trained as an Early Child Educator herself, Monika hired experienced teachers and they worked closely together. They taught her how children learn and develop in a classroom environment while she taught them about the challenges facing the working family. The Clubhouse philosophy is based on the premise that we are an extension of your family. We are here to support you and your child. The Clubhouse Philosophy entitled “Two Sculptors” emphasizes our commitment. Stop by for a copy.
This is definitely the best childcare establishment I have experienced so far with my children. I recommend it to everyone. The school has so many hands on activities, so many trips, events, visits, and other educational programs which gives the kids a chance to experience what they are learning. I am sad I found this school too late when my last child had only one year left before the 1st grade, I wish I found it earlier....
Renata and Bill Dutton, Derry, NH
Just want to send along how happy we are to have found the Clubhouse. Our daughter has been attending your school since she was almost 2 years old. In the last 2 years, we have nothing but positive thoughts to share about your programs. Our daughter looks forward to going to school. There are days when she would rather "stay" when we pick her up... it is heart-warming to see how attached she is to her "school". She is always excited to tell us about the fun things that she does and to show us the projects she made. We love hearing her singing new songs. There is a daily "report" that lets us know exactly how her day went (what she ate, what activities she did, her behavior patterns, etc) What a comfort to know that we are contacted as soon as there is a sign that she may not be feeling well! The fact that she is learning at such a young age the importance of eating healthy, and getting fresh air... we just count our blessings that we found you!
Melinda and Greg Labo, Derry, NH
To the Clubhouse Staff, Kyle just received his results from his Gates Testing for the end of the 2nd grade. He scored a total grade equivalent to the 4th grade, 5th month. I thought you should know since all of you gave him such a great start at The Clubhouse.
To Miss Monika, We would like to thank you for providing a wonderful child care center. You and your staff have provided the most loving, caring, safe and understanding environment any new parent (and experienced ones) could ever hope for. I watched my daughter grow from classroom to classroom and each teacher making a lasting impression. It is obvious that you care for your staff and value their individual ideas and style. This is directly reflected in the classroom with the children. This note is to thank you for having such a positive impact to move an entire families life.
The Randolph Family
Dear Clubhouse Caregivers, I would like to thank you for allowing me to do my preschool observation. I have to say that I was absolutely amazed by some of the activites I saw. I could not believe the language skills these four and five year old children had. Their counting skills were good counting to twenty in English and to ten in Spanish. I was surpised by how little effort these children gave using sign language, not just the alphabet, but also a song or two. I was impressed to see them sing row, row row your boat in Spanish. These language skills will be very valuable to them and I know from my child development class that by having them learn languages early, the easier it will be when they become older.
My family spent 10 years at The Clubhouse watching our three children grow from infants to 1st graders. They loved going to school and often cried on the weekends because they were bored. They not only learned their letters, colors and the usual preschool lessons, they received the lessons that will get them through life. They learned about the earth and how to take care of it. They learned about their community and how to give forward. They learned empathy for others. They did extra chores to raise money for the Santa Fund. I never once felt guilty about leaving my children at The Clubhouse but I cried for days when my baby graduated.