Children Change the World


Our School History

Sterling Nursery School, Inc. is a unique Educational and Childcare Center providing exceptional services since June 1967.  Established by Emery & Kathleen Patten, the school continues to be owned and operated by the next generation of the Patten Family.  Darlene Patten Louchart has been the Director of Sterling Nursery School since 1991, involved in all programs and meeting the needs of our families. 

Our Staff Longevity and Teacher Excellence

Uniquely pride ourselves in a teaching team that is highly qualified in education and experience with children, keeping current within professional development in early childhood education.  Staff longevity at SNS is both unique and highly valued. 


Our goal is to provide a unique, individualized learning environment that fosters each child's potential for growth and confidence that endures for the future education and personal development of all children.

Our Classroom Teacher to Child Ratio enables teachers to provide attention to each individual child, embrace each child's unique personality, learning style and emotional and educational needs.  These ratios vary according to the ages of children and size of classrooms, keeping within regulation ratio standards. 

Program Options
We provide quality education and childcare for toddlers, preschool, kindergarten, school age (before and after school and summer camp) and children with special needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ages 15 months to 5 years, providing services for children up to 7 years old.  Our priority is providing all children a safe and loving learning environment incorporating all areas of development; social emotional, physical, cognitive domains.  Specialized services include Applied Behavior  Analysis (ABA) Programming which may consist of discrete trials, one to one behavioral intervention, autism behavioral services, supported group inclusion, playgroup and Social ThinkingTM

Our Exceptional School Curriculum follows the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences as well as the Massachusetts Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers. For more information on the standards you can visit


Sterling Nursery School, Inc. is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) - EEC is a state agency that is responsible for licensing all early education and child care programs.  EEC supports high quality education programs that reflect the commonwealth, strengthen families and help children learn and grow physically, socially, emotionally and educationally.  We meet and exceed all EEC regulations and requirements.

Our Facility

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Celebrating 53 Years of Educating Young Minds

We have been dedicated to providing services to children in a family, friendly, nurturing and educational atmosphere since June 1967. 


The Patten Family

We have a spacious, fresh and inviting learning envirornment, with materials and centers conducive for each age group.  Our building is designed with handicapped accessible classrooms and playgroups.    A large main room is shared for gross motor and large group activities and active indoor play.

Classrooms are set up to naturally promote cognitive, physical and social-emotional development.  Each individual classroom provides large group, small group and individual opportunities which include; play centers, circle and gathering times, snack and lunch, and recess as well as rest times for full day students.  Children move through classrooms investigating, exploring and experiencing according to age and overall readiness which is determined through careful observation and assessment of growth and development.

"Our kids love Sterling Nursery School!  The teachers are knowledgeable and compassionate.  Each of our children has grown socially, emotionally and gained self-confidence and independence within the Sterling Nursery School program."

Our vast outside play area is well equipped and fully fenced in a quiet country setting.  There are two main areas, one for preschool and one for school age children in a natural landscape of grass and trees with opportunities for exploration, discovery and organized activities.

Our school uniquely has a spacious, fully fenced playground which is available for all groups to enjoy in every season for social and physical growth based activities.  This provides a natural outdoor area ready for learning and discovery, with trees, grass, sandboxes and structures.  Outside games enhance physical growth and health as well as social, play and communication opportunities to foster and develop friendships. 

Outdoor Adventure

Sterling Nursery School, Inc.

123 Rowley Hill Road, Sterling, MA 01564

Phone: 978-422-6014

"As a  former alumni of Sterling Nursery School, there was no question in my mind where I was going to send my son.  He has been a Sterling student for 2 years now and I can't say enough great things about our experience. 

One of the best things about Sterling Nursery School is the sense of community that they foster with both students and families.  The kids are so comfortable reaching out to not just their own teacher, but all the adults in the building.  Being a Sterling student is like being a part of a family. 

As an educator myself, I am very pleased with the education that my son has received.  I feel very confident that my son has been well prepared for Kindergarten because of their engaging curriculum, which is taught by teachers who work so hard to meet the needs of each student before them.

I have enjoyed every part of our Sterling Nursery experience.  I am thankful my son has had the opportunity to learn and grow academically and socially in such a positive environment!"