Welcome to TCC Westgate—The Westgate Cooperative Preschool
Parents and teachers work in close partnership at this cozy childcare center located on the ground floor of the Westgate graduate student apartment complex. The center’s one classroom accommodates up to 15 full-day and half-day preschool children, ages 2.9 to kindergarten entry. The classroom’s floor-to-ceiling windows overlook a state-of-the-art outdoor classroom designed to support nature study and outdoor play.
Westgate is unique among the TCC childcare centers in offering MIT families a cooperative experience. Parent volunteers work closely with the center’s full-time teaching director and lead teacher to provide exciting learning opportunities for the children. Families fulfill their cooperative requirement by contributing two hours per week to the center, taking on a variety of helping roles inside or outside the classroom. The participation of parent volunteers supports the teaching team, expands and enriches program activities, offers parents the opportunity to experience the program together with their child(ren), and helps build a close, supportive community.
The Westgate Cooperative Preschool offers parents the option of a half-day program. The center is closed during the summer months.
Meet the director—Kacie Young
“Through my experiences working in early childhood, I believe that children find the true meaning of joy through their abilities to play and explore the world around them. As the center director at TCC Westgate, I am overjoyed to be both an observer and participant in children's day to day exploration. I am a strong believer in building partnerships with children and their families to create a warm and welcoming environment for parent involvement. At Westgate, we create an environment that helps promote a sense of self inquiry, wonder, and natural connections. I am passionate about creating and sustaining nurturing environments where children feel safe and empowered to develop a sense of self. I am excited to partner with the families at TCC Westgate to provide an enriched experience for the children throughout the year.”