About Us

The Boutwell Early Childhood Center (ECC) is part of the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District.

The school building was named after George S. Boutwell, who served as Secretary of the Treasury under President Ulysses S. Grant, the 20th Governor of Massachusetts and the first Commissioner of Internal Revenue under President Abraham Lincoln.

Inclusive Education for 3-5 Year Olds

The Boutwell Early Childhood Center provides a nurturing and stimulating preschool learning environment for children ages 3-5 with and without disabilities.  Half day and full day enrollment options are available.  

The Boutwell curriculum is aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Pre-Kindergarten. Early mathematics, language, literacy, social and emotional regulation skills are embedded across all curriculum areas.

Boutwell Staffing

Boutwell students are supported by a highly qualified staff made up  of teachers certified by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Early Childhood and Special Education, related service professionals, and skilled paraprofessionals. All teachers and service providers have completed a minimum of a Master’s degree in early childhood, special education, or their area of specialty.  Teachers are SEI endorsed.  In addition to teachers and paraprofessionals, Boutwell staff includes:

  • Speech/Language Pathologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • BCBA
  • Registered Nurse

Early Childhood Special Education

Services are provided  for young children (aged 3-5) with identified disabilities who need specially designed instruction or related services, and whose disability(ies) causes the children to be unable to participate in developmentally appropriate typical preschool activities.

Children with a suspected disability may be referred for a special education evaluation  by a parent, doctor, Early Intervention program, teacher, daycare provider or other individual familiar with the child.

The Boutwell also provides screenings for children if caregivers have concerns about their development.

To discuss a screening or evaluation, contact Chrissy Conway, Early Childhood Coordinator,  at (978) 448-2297 or cconway@gdrsd.org.


Preschool Registration is now Open!!  February 1st through March 31st

All Preschool Students (current and new) for the 2021-2022 School Year MUST complete this 2021/2022 Initial Preschool Registration Form for your child.     For more information go to our 2021/2022 Preschool Registration page.

  • Enrollment begins in late January/early February for the following school year
  • Rolling registrations will be accepted throughout the year for children who have turned 3, space permitting
  • Groton/Dunstable children  ages 3-5 who are not yet kindergarten eligible may register.

For more information, or to enroll your child, contact Anne Tucker at (978) 448-2297 or atucker@gdrsd.org.

Social and Emotional Development

Boutwell staff are trained in the Pyramid Model for supportive PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and  Supports).  The Pyramid Model for preschool is a multi-tiered application of PBIS that emphasizes:

  • Building Relationships
  • Creating Supportive Environments
  • Social-Emotional Teaching Strategies
  • Targeted Behavior Support Planning
  • Culturally Responsive Practices

DESE Profile & MCAS Results

Groton-Dunstable Regional School District is ranked among the Commonwealth of Massachusetts top scoring school districts. For the Boutwell Early Childhood Center’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) district report card, please click here .

 DESE Profile & District Reports

We are pleased to share Groton-Dunstable Regional School District’s Report Card. Please read the full communication to our parent community by clicking here. Report cards answer important questions about a district’s overall performance and contain specific information about student enrollment, teacher qualifications, student achievement, accountability, how a district is performing relative to other schools in the state, and the progress made toward narrowing proficiency gaps for different groups of students. Groton-Dunstable Regional School District is ranked among the Commonwealth of Massachusetts top scoring school districts.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Groton-Dunstable Regional School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, disability, religion, homelessness or sexual orientation.