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At the Perkins Childhood Development Center, we believe in kindness, respect, mindfulness, resiliency, curiosity, empathy, responsibility, creativity, and confidence. All of our staff are educated, caring experts and also advocates for our principles.

Our youngest learners need to feel safe and supported so they can learn with their whole body and all of their senses. We utilize a HighScope approach, with teachers focusing on developing supportive, trusting relationships with the children in their care. We create rich environments that encourage very young children to explore and discover the world around them, helping them to engage in experiences designed to support their optimal development in all domains.


"It didn’t take me long to realize that I finally found a child care center that met my high expectations. The caring and dedicated staff is just as ‘top notch’ as the Center’s pristine facilities."

- Aimee Wells

Michael AmesMichael W. Ames, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Perkins in September, 2015. Michael holds a Ph.D. from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University; a Master of Business Administration and Master of Social Work, both from Boston College; and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York.

Michael has been employed, in his 20 plus years of work, by a number of human services agencies including: Crittenton Women’s Union (CWU); The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC); and the Key Program. He has held direct service, supervisory, and leadership positions in those organizations. Michael’s doctoral research explored how efforts by low-income, single parents to achieve economic independence affect their children and how, in turn, children affect a parents’ ability to pursue and achieve greater economic independence. Michael is the author of Efforts Towards Economic Independence: Implications for and of Children (2015), and Providing Quality Services: The role of evaluation and Quality Assurance (2006).

Patricia SinclairPatricia Sinclair, Director, joined the Perkins CDC team in the fall of 2017. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Elms College. She obtained her Master’s Degree in education from Elmira College. Her educational background has allowed her to explore many facets of early childhood and to focus on inclusionary practices. While at Elmira College, Patty served as the assistant director of Residence Life and was the assistant softball coach of the college’s varsity team.
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