Children’s Choice is an early childhood school for children, ages 2 years 9 months through 6 years. The school serves families in the Weymouth/South Shore area. Our program is designed to provide a positive environment in which to enhance the development of the child in all areas of his/her life:mental, physical, emotional, social, and spiritual.

Shirley Melder 

Ms. Shirley Melder has been with Children’s Choice since 1990 as a teacher and as its director since 1999. Ms. Shirley graduated from Eastern Nazarene College with a degree in education and completed the Early Education licensing courses at Quincy College. All of her early education experience has been at Children’s Choice.  She is the parent of three children and grandparent of four children. She loves Children’s Choice because of the joy she receives from working with the children and families as they begin their first school experience.


Lee Anne Sousa 

Mrs. Lee Anne Sousa has been with Children’s Choice since 1991 and assists the teachers in the 3 am class, the 4 am class and the PM class.  Mrs. Sousa attended classes at Quincy College and is teacher certified.  Mrs. Sousa spends time with her 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren.  She enjoys knitting, crocheting and playing the piano.  She loves watching the children learn and grow.  Mrs. Sousa loves Children’s Choice because of the quality staff and their dedication to the children and their families.


The school is licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) located at 1250 Hancock St. Suite 120-S, Quincy, MA 02169.  Parents may contact EEC for information regarding the program’s regulatory compliance history at 617-472-2881.

Enrollment is open for application to both church members and community families who desire a nursery school situation for their child. There will be no discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. Toilet training status is not an eligibility requirement for enrollment.

The Parent/Guardian and child will meet with the director, tour the facility and meet the staff prior to the school start date. The parent/guardian and the director will discuss the child’s developmental history at the time of enrollment. The necessary paper work for enrollment will be given to the   parent/guardian at this time. All children will have an opportunity to visit the school at the Open House held right before school starts in September. Children are enrolled for the school year and a two-week notice is required for early withdrawal without penalty of fees.

Health Requirements

The child must have evidence of a physical exam that is valid for one year from the date the child was examined. This form is to be completed and signed by the child’s physician and MUSTbe in our files on Opening Week or the child will not be allowed to stay. We must have complete dates for ALL immunizations.  The numbers required by the Department of Health for entry into preschool are    4 or more doses DTaP/DPT, 3 or more doses Polio, and 1 dose MMR, 1-4 doses Hib, 3 doses Hep-B;   1 dose of the Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine or physician-certified history of chickenpox disease . Law also requires your child must have a LEAD PAINT test prior to entering school and annually to the age of three.

A nonrefundable registration fee of $50.00 is required at the time of enrollment.  Any additional children will be $25.00 per student.

The cost of the total program is divided into 10 equal monthly payments. The fee is the same regardless of absence. Any additional children will receive $10.00 off the tuition per month.

All payments are to be made the first week of school of each month and placed in the wall pocket outside the school office. Checks payable to CHILDREN”S CHOICE or cash are accepted for payment.  Returned checks will be charged a fee of $10.00. If payments are behind two weeks, the student is subject to removal.

The  2019-2020 fee schedule is:

$200.00  per month…….3 year olds:    Tuesday and Thursday  9:00am – 11:30am

……………………………………….PM – 2 days      (Parental Choice)     12:00pm – 2:30pm


$250.00  per month…….4 year olds:   Monday,  Wednesday, Friday  9:00am – 11:30pm

………………………………………..PM – 3 days   Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday  12:00pm – 2:30pm

Children’s Choice is open from September to June and will follow the Weymouth Public School schedule for holidays, vacations, and snow days. The school start and closing dates are set by Children’s Choice.

Applicants for 2019-20 year

If you would like to visit our school, please call to schedule an appointment. If you plan to enroll your child, a $50 (non-refundable) registration fee is required to hold a slot for your child. ($25 for each additional child).


385 Ralph Talbot St.
South Weymouth, MA 02190



 Parents will be notified of announcements by monthly newsletters and/or notices sent home. The information will also be posted on the parent information board in the hallway. The white board in the entry way will be used for daily information, reminders, and activity/party signups. The school will provide five-month evaluations and hold parent-teacher conferences in January, and optional conferences in June to inform parents of their child’s progress.

The teacher’s time and attention belong to the children, therefore we ask that conversation on     arrival and departure time be limited to necessary information or instruction for the welfare of the child. For lengthier consultations you should make an appointment with the director or teacher.

Parents/guardians must promptly notify us that their child will be absent or will arrive later than scheduled that day. Please note any change in dismissal for your child on the Student Pick up Log. Only people listed as emergency contacts or those listed on the authorized release list will be allowed to pick up your child from the school. Authorized persons will be asked for identification.

Parents are encouraged to provide input in the development of program policies through written   response or meeting with the school personnel.



Nursery school is a big step for a child and sometimes for the parent as well. Children will react to it in different ways. If the child cries or clings, do not be upset; but calm and reassuring. Sit down with the child until he/she is more confident or interested in other children and/or activities. The teacher will help guide you in the separation. Remember, when children do cry, they rarely continue after the parent leaves.

In the later weeks there may be a delayed reaction to this separation in the form of tears, anger, or hesitancy. A simple statement is more effective than pleading or arguing. At the same time, try to be aware of any situation which may be causing this new unrest — is the child tired, too rushed, coming down with something, jealous of a sibling, afraid of missing something at home, or upset about a school friend or   situation? Please feel free to discuss your concerns with the teachers.

Don’t believe everything you hear about what is going on at school — and we promise not to believe everything the child says goes on at home. If you do wonder about some statements, ask the teacher first and they can usually clarify the situation, or interpret it. Check out any rumor you hear with the staff before you start telling others what you have heard. This type of mutual communication will make for a happier school situation for you and your child.

If you have been on a more relaxed summer schedule, begin ahead to put your child to bed earlier. On school days see that the child gets up early enough to eat breakfast and get dressed without rushing, stress or strain — on your part or the child’s. The child will have a better day at school and your day will be better, too.

We already know that your child is a very special person whom you have loved, protected, and cared for from infancy. Therefore, you are an authority on him/her. You will have valuable insights to share with us about the care and teaching of your child, and we welcome those insights. We, on the other hand, will see your child in a more objective way, with a background of training and experience with many young children. We need each other for the benefit of your child. The best guarantee for happiness and proper adjustment throughout the school years is the close cooperation of teachers and parents. Children’s Choice cares about you and your child. Help us to put that care into action for you.



Parent/Guardian must complete a Transportation Plan and Authorization form which will be kept in the child’s folder. This form provides information for the child’s arrival to and departure from school.

Parent/Guardian assume the responsibility of transporting their child to and from school. The school takes responsibility of the child after they are dropped off. The parent/guardian or designated pick up person will take responsibility of the child at pick up.

For field trips the school will use a bus service to transport the children. Car seats are not required by the bus service. Parent/Guardian will receive a field trip permission slip that will give the trip details: time, date, destination, cost and the name of the bus service. The permission slip must be signed and returned by the parent/guardian to the school for the child to go on the field trip.

The First Aid Kit and parent contact forms are taken on the field trip.

Patty & Tom M.

We Could not have asked for a more positive pre-school experience. Thanks for your unimaginable energy, gently guidance and positive encouragement. [Our son] is ready to enter kindergarten with his mind open to the endless possibilities of education.

Barbara F.

Children’s Choice was a such a nurturing, positive place for my 4-year-old son. And he looked forward to every day because there was always something new and exciting going on!

JoAnne S.

Our daughters have truly enjoyed the preschool. It was great hearing about the stories and activities every day at dinner. Can’t think of a better place they could attend preschool. Thank you.