Our School
Our mission at Erdman Preschool is to provide an enriching, creative and nurturing educational experience for young children.

The Erdman Preschool is open to all children 2 years, 9 months through five year old children in Scituate and neighboring communities. We welcome children of varied abilities, needs and backgrounds because we believe children learn so much from each other.

We offer a relaxed and friendly atmosphere that is structured enough to offer security, but open enough to foster creativity and independence. This is how children:

  • develop strong, healthy social-emotional skills
  • gain self-direction
  • learn resiliency and coping strategies
  • experience satisfaction from expressing their own ideas, completing tasks, and learning to care for and about others

Daily Routine

  • Active outdoor play to develop large muscles
  • Meeting time with stories, discussions and music
  • Snack time for socializing and learning about good nutrition
  • Small group activities full of discovery and exploration through literacy, art, science, nature and math to develop thinking and planning skills
  • Choice time when children decide where they wish to work and play. They may choose a woodworking bench with real tools, a dramatic play area with enticing dress-ups and props, easels, puzzles, manipulative materials, blocks, games, nature study, a quiet area for reading and writing, water, sand table, or other sensory center or an art center.
Our Families

One of the unique qualities of Erdman Preschool is the degree of family involvement in all levels of the school’s operation. Parents and grandparents are welcome to observe their children in the classroom at any time. Volunteering in the classroom, chaperoning field trips, helping with snack and special projects are experiences that benefit both the child and the parent. 

Of course, 2020-21 posed challenging to implement our traditional level of parent involvement.  To encourage more active communication between our classrooms and families, teachers have created social media groups with weekly photos and opportunities for parents to see more of what goes on in the classroom.  

The Parent Activities Committee (PAC) works to promote a sense of community and to aid the school through support in the classroom, fundraising and school activities.

The Beginning 

Erdman Preschool was established in 1971 to provide an enriching, creative and nurturing educational experience for young children. 

It has grown from a school for eight children, begun by Margaret Erdman in her home, to a school serving over 100 families in Scituate and neighboring communities. The school moved to its current location in 1973 and has expanded to include morning and afternoon classes, enrichment and extended day programs for three, four and five year olds.

The school is a non-profit organization run by the Board of Directors and does not discriminate in providing services to children or their families on the basis of religion, national origin, cultural heritage, race, gender, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status or disability in its admissions or hiring practices.

​The Nancy Crafts Memorial Fund

Nancy Crafts was the Director of Erdman Preschool for more than twenty years.  Her knowledge of children's development and her commitment to a strong developmentally appropriate philosophy supported Margaret Erdman's vision for the school.  

When she passed away in the Spring of 2019, her family created the Nancy Crafts Memorial Fund, which generously provides financial aid for qualifying families.  We are grateful that this gift will give more children the gift of an Erdman education.  

Questions? Contact us.


Fundraisers, PAC Meetings, Open Houses - there's a lot happening at Erdman. 

Mark your calendars and don't miss a thing.


Children at Erdman paint, cook, build, sing, clean, share and play with others, and much more.

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Applications for the 2023-24 School Year are available now.  Placement will begin in January.

We have all the info for both new and returning families.


     330 First Parish Road
Scituate, MA 02066