Preschool in Shrewsbury, MA | Shrewsbury Children's Center

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Providing Shrewsbury, MA with Quality, Reliable Childcare

For over 40 years, Shrewsbury Children’s Center has been providing reliable childcare to families and young professionals. We are dedicated to you and your children, so we have cultivated a team of only the best. We look to retain and attract quality, experienced childcare educators who continually pursue updated training.

Our team is looking forward to teaching your child.

Our Team


Lesley Belanger

Operations Manager

Chris Casey

Our Valued History


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Shrewsbury Children’s Center closes in March for five consecutive months for the first time in 38 years. Finally, reopening in August of 2020 and providing the high-quality care that many have come to expect.

2021 awards Shrewsbury Children’s Center “Most Loved Preschool.”

Shrewsbury Children’s Center formally adopts a “quality over quantity” approach to childcare, voluntarily reducing overall Center capacity to ensure every child enrolled has the best opportunity to experience a fun and loving educational experience while maintaining high health and safety standards.


Shrewsbury Children’s Center ownership unanimously agrees to forego NAEYC re-accreditation due to changes that made the process. The process of re-accreditation was no longer a benefit to the Center. The process had become a burden to the classroom experience. Our focus has always been on providing high-quality care, and we will let nothing stand in the way of that.

Second generation family member Chris Casey joins the team as Operations Manager and begins his career as part of the ownership team at Shrewsbury Children’s Center

Founder, President, & Executive Director Michael Casey unexpectedly passes away, and a new chapter must begin. The family rallied together to carry on his vision of high-quality care, and his wife, MaryRose Casey, became President & Primary Owner.

Baystate Parent Magazine awards Shrewsbury Children’s Center the “Best Childcare” category.

Baystate Parent Magazine awards Shrewsbury Children’s Center the “Best Childcare” category for a second consecutive year.


Shrewsbury Children’s Center partners with Worcester State College and opens our doors to nursing students as a visitation center / student teaching site. Nursing students to this day, come to obtain observational hours for their coursework.

Shrewsbury Children’s Center is featured in “Child Care Business” magazine under the Center Spotlight section. Founder Michael Casey is interviewed and describes “Success is in the mix” and how Shrewsbury Children’s Center offers a “winning combination of family ownership, extremely qualified staff, state accreditation, and community involvement.” Mike’s recipe for success.

Second-generation family member Lesley Belanger becomes Center Director and begins her career as part of the ownership team at Shrewsbury Children’s Center.


Received NAEYC Accreditation for all 3 Centers simultaneously. Joining only 3% of licensed childcare centers nationwide.

Sold the Grafton Children’s Center to focus all efforts on building a new center in Shrewsbury.

Designed and built, a new Center licensed for up to 175 students at 138 North Quinsigamond Ave. in Shrewsbury serving Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers in a 10,000 square foot facility (our current location).

Earned Re-Accreditation status by NAEYC for both Shrewsbury Children’s Center locations.

Incorporated full and half day Kindergarten program into new Center on North Quinsigamond Ave and closed the Kindergarten program on Stanley Rd. in Shrewsbury.

Named Lead Agency for the new Community Partnership for Children Program funded by Mass. Department of Education. Responsible for administering funds dedicated to improving quality, availability and affordable Early Care and Education Programs in collaboration with Shrewsbury Public Schools, community based Early Childhood Programs, Licensed Family Day Care Providers, and Community Representatives.


Shrewsbury Children’s Center opens as a part-time preschool program at 2 Wesleyan Terrace, Shrewsbury.

Expands programs offered to serve full day for Preschoolers and Toddlers.

Expands programs offered to serve a part-time and full-day Infant program.

Purchased the Grafton Children’s Center on Old Westboro Road, North Grafton, and expanded services to full-day Preschoolers and Toddlers for Grafton and surrounding communities.

Opened a part-time & full-day Kindergarten program in a leased location on Stanley Rd. in Shrewsbury.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top 3 things to consider when deciding on a childcare center?

a.       Financial

b.      Location

c.       Your gut reaction after an in-person tour

What is the difference between a certified caregiver and a non-certified caregiver?

A certified caregiver has received a college education specific to Early Childhood in addition to a specific number of hours working in the Early Childhood field (this caregiver can be left alone with the approved number of children) and has obtained the state license.  A non-certified caregiver lacks the college education and does not need a specific number of working hours (this caregiver can NOT be left alone with any number of children) and does not hold a state license.

What is the average time a child spends in childcare?

This is completely dependent on a family’s needs.  Most early childhood centers provide a range of hours  / schedules so that a family can decide what will work best for them.

What hours is your childcare center open?

Shrewsbury Children’s Center is open at 7:30am and closes at 5:00pm.

What is meant by “capacity”?

Capacity is the maximum number of children that may be cared for at any one time in accordance with state regulations.

Does your Center provide food?

A morning snack, lunch, an afternoon snacks, and drinks are provided from home.  This can help ensure each child receives their specific dietary needs.  We will always ensure water is available to all children.

Can you recommend a staff member to provide babysitting after hours / weekends?

We do not recommend any staff members to families for the purpose of babysitting.

Does your Center have an emergency action plan in place?

Yes, we have several action plans in case of an emergency.  They include plans from fire drills / evacuation, tornado / shelter in place, and even active shooter scenarios.

Does your Center follow the local public school system closure schedule?

Shrewsbury Children’s Center does not follow the Shrewsbury Public School system closure schedule.  We want to ensure we are able to open whenever possible for our families (as long as it is safe to do so).

What age should I start potty training?

There is no perfect potty training routine.  It will depend on your child’s readiness, which staff can help you identify.  On average, a child who is 2.9 years old may start to potty train.

For more information about our staff, please contact us at 508-755-3922 today!
Shrewsbury Children's Center
138 North Quinsigamond Ave
Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Monday – Friday 7:30 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.