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Generations of Wakefield’s children have begun lives of learning and discovery at Canterbury.

The Canterbury Children’s Center was established by Emmanuel Church in 1966 in direct response to the need in our community for a full-time preschool and child care center. Today, its enrollment has grown to nearly 140 students. Canterbury is housed on the lower level of the parish hall building, with an active playground adjacent to the church. It offers high-quality, non-sectarian education to children beginning at 2 years and 9 months of age. Canterbury is open 52 weeks of the year and offers a traditional preschool program, flexible extended day care, and a Summer Program.

The program is licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care and is additionally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our rector and parishioners serve on Canterbury’s Board of Directors, along with parents, staff, and members of the wider community.


Canterbury does not discriminate in providing services to children and families, or in employment practices on the basis of family structure, socioeconomics, disabilities, race, religion, age, cultural heritage, political beliefs, sex, marital status, national origin, or sexual orientation.

Church members who offer a pledge in support of Emmanuel each year during our Stewardship campaign receive a 5 percent discount on tuition.

The Canterbury Children's Center can be contacted at 781-245-9636 or


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