ACP is a non-profit, self-supporting component of the Ayer Shirley Regional School District.  The program was established in 1994 to serve families with children ages 3 through 12 years of age.

The primary goal of the Ayer Childcare Program is to provide programs to meet the needs of our families. ACP offers accessible, affordable and high quality child care and preschool to families in Ayer and the surrounding communities.

ACP is a diverse program and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin.

About Us

The Ayer Childcare Program operates at the Page Hilltop School and provides preschool - middle school children with a safe, supervised and fun place to spend before/after school hours. Our goal is to offer a “neighborhood” experience for children where they have a choice of activities to participate in daily, including arts & crafts, games, cooking, technology and other events.


The Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten component offers a structured developmentally appropriate program following the Massachusetts Standards and Guidelines to facilitate children’s development in language, problem solving, fine motor skills, social skills and cognitive skills.


The Ayer Childcare Program is open Monday - Friday for before and after school care on the Ayer Public School calendar. In addition to school days the program operates on: professional development days, early release days, December, February and April school vacations and offers a full day summer camp. The program opens at 6:30 a.m. and closes at 6:00 p.m. on all days.

Contact Us

Ayer Childcare Program
Page Hilltop School
115 Washington Street
Ayer, MA 01432

978-772-8600 ext 1404

Fax: (978) 772-8635


Pat Russell, Program Director,

L'Tanya Williams, Program Assistant,

Sarah Gibbons, Accounts Manager,


For more information or to schedule a visit please call 978-772-8600 or stop by the ACP office in the Page Hilltop School. Visitors are always welcome!



To start the enrollment process, please call to schedule an appointment to check us out!  A tour of ACP with an administrator will enable you to ask questions, discuss concerns, and help you to choose a program to fit your child's developmental needs and your family's needs. 


While adults visit, your child is free to stroll about our classroom investigating, if he/she so chooses.  Young guests usually will soon find themselves quite at home while mom and/or dad view the actual dynamics of ACP and talk with our Director or Assistant Director.  If interested in enrolling your child, you will be given a packet of forms to complete and return. 


Enrollment is based on a first come, first served basis according to the date the application and registration fee are received by the school ACP has an open enrollment policy… A new child may enter anytime during the year if there is an open slot in the appropriate class


The Ayer Childcare Program offers Early Education Programs, childcare programs, vacation camps, and summer camp for children ages 3 through twelve years of age.

Child Care

School Age

Before School  6:30 am - 8:30 am
After School 3:05 pm - 6:00 pm


Before School 7:00 – 8:35
After School 11:30 – 6:00

Childcare is also offered on days the Public School is closed for Professional Development and Early Release Days. The ACP Program is closed most holidays and when the Public Schools are closed for snow days.

Holidays and Closings

The program is closed on the following days:

New Years Day 
Martin Luther King Day 
Presidents' Day
Patriot's Day 
Memorial Day July 4th
Labor Day 
Columbus Day
Veteran's Day
Thanksgiving & day after 
Snow Days

The program will operate on the following days:

Good Friday 
Professional Development Days 
Early Release Days


Preschool/PreK is offered from 8:30-11:30 am Monday through Friday during the school year.

Pre/Kindergarten is offered from 8:30-11:30 am Monday through Friday during the school year.

December, February, April Vacation Camps

Vacation Campsare offered from 7:00 am -6:00 pm Monday through Friday during school vacations.

Summer Camp

Summer Camp is offered from 7:00-6:00 pm Monday through Friday during summer vacation.

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