What Parents Are Saying
This school has vision. It was clear from the first visit to POTA that the school is carefully designed to encourage discovery and play in children. The Morahs and Esther are the heart of the school. They are guiding and studying the children at the same time. When they observe a social or emotional need in one child or in the group, they meet it thoughtfully and creatively, always with the perspective of the children in mind. It is such a gift to have found this group of teachers! We feel lucky every day our daughter is there. Also, the proximity to the North Point Park for outdoor play and nature walks is amazing.
- Cecilia, East Cambridge Parent
POTA is awesome! Every week there’s a theme to make the kids’ learning structured and fun. The classes are small enough that the teachers and kids get to develop real relationships. The spaces, at least at the locations I’ve been to, are inviting and pleasant, with lots of natural light. They keep you informed about your kids’ day, sending you photos and notes on your device, but it’s not nonstop surveillance –the staff and parents trust each other. My kid has grown and matured so much since she started going there, has made friends, and seems happy about the experience.
They organize events for POTA families and some just for parents, which helps make it a community. The way they handled the arrival of covid-19 and the period of crisis immediately after it was amazing too. There was so much care in every aspect, especially the remote-learning offerings, discussions with parents, public service opportunities, and how they adapted the way they do things in person. Highly recommend!
- Camran, West Cambridge Parent
"Not only is each kid here showered with love, helped with sleep, encouraged to be independent in eating and adventurous in play, but they are prompted to engage with the world around them in a way I know I never was at daycare. Thank you for being open minded educators, who approach our babies as seekers and learners. They look at every child as though there is infinite possibility, and help each of our kids shine their light."
- Elisha, Central Square Parent
"I have marveled every day at all of the creative activity and the child-led approach to learning."
- Erin, East Cambridge Preschool Parent
We had a really fantastic experience at the Harvard Square location with our daughter who started at 12 months. There is an incredible level of warmth from every single staff member. A huge amount of thoughtfulness goes into every detail, and the team really have a vision about what kind of learning experiences matter to children at each age. We got updates every day on both what the group had been doing, and on basics like eating, diapers etc. When there was once a minor medical issue, the team picked it up before we did and handled it really well. While POTA is a Jewish preschool, as a non-Jewish family we felt 100% welcome and included, and enjoyed the strong sense of values and community. There is a clear routine to the day, as well as lots of fun and creative activities. It's nice that they are close to a playground so the children can get some proper outdoors time. We had been quite nervous about starting our daughter at daycare as she had been at home until then, but the team were really supportive during the transition and very quickly our daughter was actively excited to leave the house to go every morning - that really impressed me. We visited several other places when we were looking for daycare, and I'm so glad we kept looking and found POTA.
- Catriona, Harvard Square Parent
"How did we get so lucky? This preschool is by-the-books perfect and if our 13 month could talk, he'd say "DAH" which means "I'm so happy here!" The most comforting part of this experience so far is the STELLAR communication from the staff."
- Lara, East Cambridge Parent
It breaks my heart to say that our last day with POTA will be next Thursday. She will miss her teachers and her friends so, so much. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping to raise our little girl and for keeping her safe and making sure she is loved every single day. We are so grateful to have found you all.
-Liz, Harvard Square Parent
"A fantastic place for your little one. Our child has thrived here. The teachers (Morahs) are fantastic, as are the classmates. They get outside multiple times a day, get great play and learning time, and get a nice exposure to Jewish culture and history along the way. We couldn't be happier with POTA"
- Michael, West Cambridge Parent
My son has been attending Cambridge Preschool of the Arts (POTA) for the last 2 years and my family is so grateful for the love, support, and attention he has been receiving from the Morahs (teachers) and friends (and their families) he made at POTA.
POTA has a great art-based and Reggio-inspired core curriculum and the weekly programs help my son to have an idea what to expect each day of the week. At the same time, Morahs help my son to be able to participate in these activities at his own pace. If he doesn't want to join the class for a certain activity, he would be given a specified amount of time and separate space to focus on other things. Also, I like that those art activities are used as a means to learn essential skills, and children get to enjoy the process while not being pressured to produce a final product to bring home. In addition, POTA has a great environment to provide outdoor play opportunities for children who love outdoor activities like my son. It's conveniently located right across from the North Point Park and Charles river and my son enjoys outdoor playtime almost every day and weekly class to learn about nature. I also love how easy it is to communicate with the school. I get updates from school with photos/videos of my son enjoying school and also details on meals/potty, etc. through a phone app. I can easily send/receive messages to/from Morahs throughout the day. I remember how pleasantly surprised I was after receiving my son's very detailed progress report prepared by his Morahs and in fact, I learned new things about my child from the report such as how he behaves differently when in school or in a group setting and it helped me understand my son and his personality better! POTA has helped my son grow so much in every aspect and I'm so happy and grateful to have found this school for my son.
- Koyi, East Cambridge Preschool Parent