Open Registration for the 2022 - 2023 School Year: 2.9 Year Old Preschool -  4 Year Old Preschool

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Mater Dolorosa School is happy to announce that we offer a Preschool program for two year-nine month olds - four for the 2022 - 2023 school year.   There is a $50 non-refundable registration fee.  Children must attend a minimum of two days per week. All students must be confidently "potty trained". For further information, please call the school office at (413) 532-2831.
The goal of Mater Dolorosa Preschool is to provide our preschool children with positive opportunities for growth by:
  • Recognizing the special nature of the preschool experience
  • Helping each child recognize their self worth as an individual and their ability to contribute as part of a group
  • Creating an atmosphere conducive to learning, fun and social development
  • Integrating the pre-school program into the spiritual life of the Mater Dolorosa School and Parish communities
  • Offering opportunities to develop social and learning skills which will ensure a successful transition to full day kindergarten
  • Interior Courtyard Preschool Only Play Area
  • Religion: prayer time, seasonal activities
  • Number/Letter/Shape Recognition
  • Music
  • Developing health work/play habits
  • Art Activities
  • Health and Safety
Administration and Staff

The preschool is under the administration of the Pastor of Our Lady of the Cross Parish and Principal of Mater Dolorosa School. The program is staffed by a full time teacher certified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. Additional staffing is in compliance with state and diocesan regulations.

2 days a week: $2,815
3 days a week: $4,220
4 days a week: $5,330
5 days a week: $6,655

Please visit our Registration and Tuition Page for our 2022-2023 Preschool Tuition Rates and Fees.


Research shows that children who attend preschool are more likely to succeed in kindergarten and that participating in early childhood education provides academic and social benefits that last well beyond the early years. Mater Dolorosa values early childhood education and advocates for high quality programs. When a child enters preschool in a Catholic school, they become part of an established setting for learning. Our preschool classrooms are not just add-ons or separate programs. They are an integral part of the elementary school community and considered an important part of the learning continuum. Our school provides a safe and secure early childhood education in a loving, faith-based environment.


The five day a week program follows the Mater Dolorosa School schedule. Preschool students should arrive no later than 7:45 a.m. and may arrive as early as 7:30 a.m.. with dismissal at 2:20 p.m. Parents have the option to enroll their child for a 2, 3, 4 or 5 day week. Our school follows guidelines set forth by the Holyoke Public School System.

Lunch and Snacks

Children enrolled in the Preschool Program are welcome to participate in the school's hot lunch program. Mater Dolorosa School received a grant for all children in the school to receive hot lunch at no cost. Chocolate or white milk is also available at $.50 for children who choose to bring cold lunch. Mater Dolorosa Preschool will provide breakfast at no cost from the HPS Food Service Dept. to the children each morning. Milk and juice will be provided.