FITCHBURG -- The Child Development Center at Applewild opened its doors in mid-June on the campus of the school in Fitchburg.

The school transitioned the preschool program for 3- and 4-year-olds from the Burbank (Hospital) Child Development Center, which closed on June 14. Head of School Christopher B. Williamson said Applewild had a program for this age group until the early '90s and is very pleased to once again have 3- and 4-year-olds on campus.

During the summer, the center is housed in the newest building on the campus, the Stone Family Dining Hall. With the help of a grant from the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, renovation of the former wood shop and choral music classroom, slated to be completed in August, will result in a permanent home for the Child Development Center.

In an effort to perpetuate the well-respected Burbank program, Applewild has adopted the curriculum and price points that families were accustomed to. Several teachers from Burbank have been hired to assure consistency.

Information on the CDCA program is available at the school's website,, or by calling 978-342-6053, ext. 111. Families looking for a quality preschool program as well as daycare from 7:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. will find a variety of options to meet their needs.

In addition to the new CDCA program, Applewild School is a kindergarten through grade 8 coeducational independent day school serving families in central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.