Welcome

Sow Well Tots is an intimate, home-based, alternative, early childhood program newly relocated to Bernardston, Massachusetts. Our hours are Monday-Friday day 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. We serve wholesome, organic, home-cooked, vegetarian meals (morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack) and offer natural, open-ended toys, and provide infants with plenty of floor time for self-initiated development.

Sow Well Tots provides high quality care in a safe, nurturing environment with a child-driven rhythm. This means we will never interrupt the natural imaginative flow in order to force our own agenda. We tailor our daily routine to fit the developmental needs of all the children. We believe a well nurtured child will be better able to thrive as a student when the time for structured learning presents itself.

Please note: if you are looking for a highly academic-driven curriculum for your child Sow Well Tots is not the place for you and your family. Our focus will be to prolong a vivid, imaginary, child-like way of being.

I wanted you and any potential Sow Well Tots families to know what a difference you made in the life of Thomas. Thomas was 18 months old when he came to you. He had never spent more than a few hours away from me and my going back to work was going to be a BIG transition for him. From the very first day he trusted that you would take care of him. You rocked him and sang to him and showed so much love and care of him. He loved coming to “Bessie’s House.” It was a second home to him. You taught him to share, to use gentle hands, and to self-regulate. The projects he did were authentic and beautiful. He was always so proud of them. Today, he is a happy, curious, lively and awesome five year old. And we thank you for giving him such a wonderful foundation at Sow Well Tots.

Margaret Betts and Raymond Neal

I am so thankful that both of my children got to benefit from Sow Well Tots. I cannot imagine a better place for them. Bessie creates a peaceful, reflective, honoring, creative, loving space. She knows how to bring out the best in kids: their empathy, their responsibility, their curiosity, their mindfulness, their sense of humor. They serve home cooked nutritious food. They make beautiful, simple art projects. They foster curiosity in nature. They engage children in sensory activities that calm and engage. As teachers, they are constantly taking classes, learning new methods and techniques, reflecting on their practices, and taking social justice issues into consideration. As director of the school, Bessie consistently communicates with clarity, compassion and integrity. I am a child therapist and I have been humbled by how much I have learned from Bessie’s astute, nonjudgmental observations of our children and her modeling. I have never encountered a daycare/preschool that I could recommend more. I give my highest possible recommendation. And lots of gratitude.

Laurel Carangelo