About Us

Education begins with engaging a child’s curious mind. For over 30 years, we have provided nurturing and caring learning environments, both in the classroom and out in nature, in order to develop a lifelong love of learning in the children in our care. With the belief that early education is truly a “work of the heart”, we are committed to providing an exceptional educational, social, and emotional learning experience for every child in our schools.

Guiding Principles

  • Values

    Mindfulness, manners, kindness, and respect are essential in our community.

  • Nature

    We embrace every opportunity to connect with the world around us. Through science activities, physical education, or just playing, we spend time outdoors to help develop physical skills and life skills, as well as an interconnectedness with the Earth and all living things.

  • Development

    We engage in activities with clear curricular, instructional, and learning outcomes to prepare students for the next educational challenge.

  • Curriculum

    We both rely on an essential knowledge base and embrace new topics and ideas in order to help develop critical thinking skills among students. Lessons and activities are presented in a fun, hands-on approach, encouraging a love for lifelong learning and discovery.

NAEYC's national, voluntary accreditation system has set professional standards for early childhood education programs, and helped families identify high quality programs for their young children. This organization gives accreditation to outstanding early childhood education programs. Heartworks Burlington, Shelburne B, Shelburne C and Williston are NAEYC accredited. Heartworks Stowe and STEAMworks are currently going through the NAEYC process, and expects to be completed in 2019 and then all six schools will be NAEYC accredited.


STARS is Vermont’s STep Ahead Recognition System for Child Care, Early Education, and Afterschool Programs, and is a quality initiative of The Child Development Division, The Department for Children and Families, The Agency of Human Services, and The Department of Education. STARS recognizes accomplishments and activities that go above and beyond state regulations. Four of the schools have received a 5-star rating (the highest), one has a 4-star rating, and STEAMworks being a new school in 2017 has a 3-star rating.