Now Registering for the 2019-2020 School Year - 3 Year Old Preschool Program and 4 Year Old Preschool Program!  

Printable New Student Application and Tuition Payment Method Form
2019-2020 Preschool Reenrollment Letter

Mater Dolorosa School is happy to announce that we offer a Preschool program for two year-nine month olds - four for the 2019-2020 school year.   There is a $50 non-refundable registration fee. The cost per day is $30.00 for the 2019-2020 school year. 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.


The 2019-2020 Preschool per day rate has been set at $30.00. Upon enrollment, your child is guaranteed a slot in the 2, 3, 4 or 5 day program. Tuition credits will not be given for any day that your child does not attend because of snow days, short term illness or personal family reasons. If an extra activity day is added, payment for the extra day is due on that day.  Preschool tuition is managed by FACTS Management Company electronically each month for an annual fee of $45.00.  For the 2019-2020, families may choose the tuition payment schedule based upon 10 monthly payments beginning in August or 12 monthly payments beginning in July.   For new students to Mater Dolorosa School, please register with FACTS as soon as possible at  The preschool annual tuition rates are as follow and already take in account vacation weeks and holidays.  

2019-2020 Preschool Annual Tuition Rates ($30.00/Day) - Based on a 175 Day School Year

  • 2 Days - $2,100
  • 3 Days - $3,150
  • 4 Days - $4,200
  • 5 Days - $5,250

2018-2019 Preschool Annual Tuition Rates ($29.00/Day) - Based on a 175 Day School Year

  • 2 Days - $2,030
  • 3 Days - $3,045
  • 4 Days - $4,060
  • 5 Days - $5,075


All preschool students must be toilet trained to be qualified for our three year old and four year old programs. Children must be two year and nine months for the Preschool 3 year program and four for the Preschool 4 program, respectively, by September 1 to be enrolled in our preschool programs.


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 a healthy snack to the children each morning. Milk or juice will be provided with the morning snack.