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[UPDATED] POLL: What's the Best Pre-School/Day Care in Newton?

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.

Updated 3/6: Temple Shalom Nursery School, The Children's Cooperative Nursery School and Happy Child Day Care have been added to our poll. Thank you for the comments and support, keep them coming!

3/5 1:45 p.m. Due to the high number of comments, Brookline Infant Toddler Center has also been added to the poll.

11 a.m. Due to the high number of comments, we have added Newton-Wellesley Hospital's Children's Corner to the poll.

Last week we started our series of week-long "Best of Patch Readers' Choice" contests. The first category was "Best Sandwich" and . 

This week the category is: Best Pre-School/Day Care.

Here's how it works. Vote in the poll below. Add comments supporting your decision and influencing other Newton 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, ), based on poll results, comments on this story and reviews on Patch Places. Please vote only once per survey.

Editor's note: Due to the high number of pre-schools and day cares in Newton, we put all of them into a random generator that selected 15 schools to start. If you feel a different pre-school/day care should be on this list, tell us in the comments below. If enough people comment for a particular school, we will add it! EMAIL SUBMISSIONS DO NOT COUNT.

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!

Julie J. March 09, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I would like to sing the praises of Burr Cooperative Nursery School...a wonderful, close knit school and community that shaped our early education experience in such a positive way. Our two daughters each attended the program for two years from 2008-2011. During that time, the teachers and director Barb Day did a phenomenal job helping to expertly guide me as well as my girls through the ups and downs of the preschool years. I would often call upon the teachers for advice in dealing with and recognizing age-appropriate behaviors and milestones. The mixed-age classroom was a blessing. The girls had both the opportunity to gain confidence as leaders and mentors to the younger children, and also benefitted greatly when they themselves were new and needed some extra TLC from the older kids. Burr Coop was (and is - we are still involved with the community even though we are alums) a unique and extremely special place!!
Melanie Graham March 09, 2012 at 03:17 PM
FYI - The Readers' Choice poll closed at 9 a.m., as mentioned in the story. Thank you all for the fantastic comments you provided! You are doing a great service to your Newton neighbors letting them know about some of the fantastic pre-schools and day cares we have in this city.
Erin O'Donnell March 09, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Brookline Infant Toddler Center (BITC)! It is a warm, loving environment that encourages growth and development. Strong leadership and teachers that have been there for 10+ years make for a truly special day care. I am totally comfortable leaving my baby boy there and he LOVES it. Whenever we run into a developmental stumbling block (like stubbornly refusing finger foods for 2 weeks), his teachers are on top of it and have already created a plan that is thoughtful, fun, and well-informed by their continuing education on child development. Oh yeah, did I mention their giant playground? Fun!
Katie Donovan October 08, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Please add Auburndale Community Nursery School - we have 2 locations (Newtonville and Auburndale) that inludes over 100 Newton families! It's a great school!
ATN December 17, 2012 at 03:49 AM
We had the same experience at Golden Days children center and withdrew our application after a few days of their adjustment period. I agree with you, and I didn't think the teachers were that good, the place looked sloppy too. We are now back to starting the search again.... I was so frustrated with the director that I had to take the boys out, we were there for just 3 days for 2 hrs each when I noticed her behavior and after taking the check from my folder, I realized there's something wrong

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