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  • Each teacher is carefully selected for his/her educational background, teaching experience, and sensitivity to the individual needs of the young child.

  • Each teacher has at minimum, a degree/credential in child development or a related field and is responsible for the curriculum planning and development of the classroom program, following the school’s philosophy and based on the developmental needs of the children.

  • All DCH Preschool staff members are subject to a CORI and SORI through the state of Massachusetts prior to beginning employment.

  • We celebrate the longevity of our staff with some members of our staff having worked at the DCH Preschool for over 25 years!


Interim Preschool Director

Jennifer Putnam

Jennifer joined DCH in December 2018 as Program Director overseeing DCH's seasonal programs and events, summer camp, and summer pool. Jennifer received her B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education from Wheelock College in 2004. She has worked with several diverse nonprofit organizations in various youth development and program development roles with a large focus on early education, health education, summer camps, and adult enrichment programming. In addition to her time with school age and adult programs, Jennifer has over 10 years experience working as an infant, toddler, and preschool teacher. During her time at the YMCA Jennifer successfully coordinated the 2- and 3-year-old summer day camp programs for two branches. Jennifer has a passion for working with families, youth of all ages, and adults in recreational settings including summer camp and year round programs. Originally from New York, Jennifer has lived in Massachusetts for two decades and currently resides in Dedham with her husband and three children.

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Preschool Director (beginning mid-January 2021)

Wendy Branconier

Wendy Branconier joined DCH Preschool in January 2021 as the Preschool Director. Wendy received her M.A. in Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Trident University. She also holds a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. Wendy is passionate about ensuring a high-quality program that provides a safe and nurturing environment while focusing on the whole child. She has worked with preschool age children and toddlers for the past 15 years, working her way up from teacher to director. Wendy is originally from Rhode Island and spent 23 years traveling as a military spouse. She now resides in Massachusetts with her husband and three children. Her passion and commitment to children and families is what drew her to DCHP.

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Preschool Program Coordinator

Jayma Thompson

Jayma grew up in Dedham, and lived in nearby West Roxbury with her husband for a few years before moving to her current hometown of Attleboro, MA. She received her associate degree in liberal studies and, in 2008, bachelor's degree in elementary education from Lasell College. Jayma began working at DCH Preschool in 2005and has served as a floating teacher, lead classroom teacher, and as the Kindergarten teacher for seven years.In July 2020 she was promoted to the new role of Preschool Program Coordinator. Both of Jayma’s children have been students at the DCH Preschool.She is excited to continue her longstanding relationship with the organization in her new role!

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 We have limited immediate openings for children ages 2 to 5 years. Currently accpeting full-time students only. Call the Preschool or apply through the link below.

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Preschool News

2020/2021 enrollment is ongoing. Limited spaces for some age groups.

2021/2022 enrollment for new families begins 1/15 at 9am.

Virtual tour available.

Call to request recorded info session.

Financial Aid is available for tuition. Click here for the application.

Contact Us

DCH Preschool

70 Bullard Street

Dedham, MA 02026

Phone: (781) 329-4841 

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671 High Street
Dedham, MA 02026
Phone: (781) 329-5740

Preschool: (781) 329-4841