Noah's Ark Preschool

a place where children grow and learn


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History and Structure

Our Location 

1154 Great Plain Ave Needham MA 02492 
781 449-2439
office@noahsarkneedham.org

History

Noah's Ark Preschool was founded in 2002 by a small group of church members of the Congregational Church of Needham as an independent, not-for-profit corporation. Frankie Gartner, the Director and a teacher, has been leading the school since it opened; and a strong and involved Board of Directors supports and guides the school. Noah's Ark began with seven students and grew to capacity within a year. Noah's Ark Preschool is a non-denominational, Christian-based preschool that serves families of all denominations from Needham and the surrounding towns.


Corporate Structure

Noah's Ark Preschool is a not-for-profit corporation. A Board of Directors governs the school. There are seven directors, which include the president, vice-president, clerk and treasurer. The Boards’ responsibility to the Preschool is primarily fiduciary, though the Board also establishes school-wide goals and reviews these goals annually. The Preschool is not required to pay state or federal taxes due to its not-for-profit status, though this does not apply to payroll taxes. Contributions to the school are tax deductible. All revenue raised through tuition or fundraising is used for the betterment of the school. The preschool is regulated and licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). The preschool is required to adhere to the standards set forth in the state’s regulation publication102 CMR 7.00.


Administrative Organization

The management of the preschool begins with the Director. The Director is responsible for the administration of the school and the day-to-day operations. The Director reports monthly to the Preschool’s Board of Directors. Lead Teachers, Teachers, Assistant Teachers, Staff, and Volunteers report to the Director. In the absence of the Director, a Lead Teacher is in charge. The preschool meets all guidelines and requirements of their licensing agency, The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). NAP is also accredited by the NAEYC.