Located in Peterborough,
we offer play-based and
nature-based learning

Preschool Education

Meet our exceptional qualified staff

We provide a safe, structured environment for children to learn by exploring. We have a fun and delightful time, but this is not a daycare, as our staff are trained in early childhood education, providing a rich and meaningful experience. Our student-to-teach ratio assures flexibility for our students individual learning styles.

Kim Proctor

Kim has been working with children for over 25 years, the last 17 have been with Happy Valley, 15 which have been as Executive Director as well as a lead teacher.

She has her associates degree in Early Childhood Education with a certificate in Infant and Toddler from Becker College. Kim has also been trained in HighScope music and movement with an overview of the HighScope Curriculum from the institution in Ypsilanti MI.

“some of the things I love about Happy Valley...

The wonderful outdoor space, from the large gardens to the magical woods. I also love how our curriculum and setting lets each child learn at their own pace while creating independence, respect of others and their surroundings and truly ‘inspires a lifelong joy of learning’!”

Valerie Rose

Valerie has been a Happy Valley School for seven years. She earned her Early Childhood Education Certificate at N.H.T.I.

“I love working at H.V.S. because we foster children’s independence so that they are able to develop the necessary skills to become self-confident human beings.”

Maria Caron

Maria is the two-year-old planning teacher and started at Happy Valley in 2016. Maria has been working with children for the past 17 years. She is an associate teacher but has just started courses to obtain her CDA credential.

“I love following the High Scope curriculum and enjoying all of the with outside activities.”


All teachers at Happy Valley are first aid and CPR certified.


Happy Valley is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit run by a Board of Trustees made up of student parents and community members.