In 1883, Harriett Merriam, the daughter of Charles Merriam (yes, of Merriam-Webster Dictionaries!) founded Springfield Day Nursery – now Square One – in response to a critical and unmet community need for child care among Springfield’s working families.

Today, Square One provides a range of family-friendly education and support services that are unique to each child and every family served. Our focus is on providing opportunities for children and families to build the foundation for lifelong learning, to make smart choices, and to grow strong cognitively, emotionally, socially and physically.

Square One’s programs include early education and care at centers in Springfield and Holyoke, home-based care settings located throughout greater Springfield, and out of school time care for elementary school age children. Our parent education, support and training programs are offered through groups, home visitation and personalized case management to help parents access whatever services are needed to be successful in their role as their child’s first teacher.

Square One is a private nonprofit organization that receives funding from public agencies and donations from generous private sector businesses and individuals. Square One is fully licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.