Our History and Mission for over 100 years
What We Do...The Guild of St. Agnes is a private, non-profit, Early Education and Care agency, providing child care services across Worcester County through center based, family childcare homes, and after school settings. All of these services are licensed by the MA Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). Founded in 1913, the mission of the Guild of St. Agnes is to provide families with quality, affordable, early childhood education and school age programs in a safe, nurturing environment for children ages 4 weeks to 12 years.
The Guild is a full service Early Education and Care agency. We have a history of serving a diverse population, knowing this contributes to our quality programming as we prepare children for the twenty first century. Aware that good nutrition is significant for proper growth and development, the Guild serves well balanced meals and healthy snacks to our children. Recognizing that some children need transportation, the Guild makes this safe and secure service available to qualified families as needed. In addition, the Guild contracts with behavioral health specialists who consult with families for social, emotional and behavioral issues where appropriate.
Our commitment to early childhood education, our passion for excellence and our teachers' pride in their professional contributions is what sets us apart.
From our humble yet proud beginnings, the Guild has continued to grow in response to the vital need for affordable childcare and after school programming. We now operate nine childcare centers, thirteen after school programs and contract with one hundred and fifteen home-based, licensed, family child care programs. The Guild's teachers are well credentialed with sixty two percent having college degrees and another twenty percent being enrolled in collegiate level degree programs. All of our child care Centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the gold standard for quality early childhood education.