The Tri-County Regional Children’s Center, located at 147 Pond Street in Franklin, will host two Open House and Registration events in 2016. The first Open House will be held on Thursday, February 11, from 12:15 to 1:45 and the second will be held on Friday, February 12, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children so that they can participate in many of the same activities they’ll enjoy as preschool students. Each child will be given the opportunity to select a prize.

The Children Center’s Preschool Program is open to children who are three years old by September 15, 2015 and no older than four years, 9 months by December 15, 2015. Sessions are held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:50 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. The cost is $36 per week.

The Toddler Program is open to children who are between 18 months and 30 months by October 1, 2015. Sessions are held on Mondays from 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Parents or caregivers are required to stay during the toddler session. The cost of the Toddler Program is $8 per week.

Tuition is subject to change. A $25 non-refundable fee is due at the time of registration. Parents or caregivers must bring their child’s birth certificate to registration.

Enrollment is limited to residents of the 11 towns within the Tri-County district, which includes Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham. A random drawing of names will be held to determine enrollment.

Under the direction of three instructors, Michelle Tilden, Lisa Oxford and Dina Taylor, each of whom possesses extensive training and experience, high school students in Tri-County’s Early Education Program plan and implement curriculum for the center’s preschool and toddler programs.

On a typical day in the center, the children are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of open-ended art projects and scientific inquiry that embraces their natural sense of curiosity and wonder. They also participate in language activities, play board games that support mathematical and language concepts, browse the center’s extensive library, and simply enjoy playing with their peers. Children have the opportunity to enjoy the center’s natural outdoor play space, which is an extension of the indoor classroom.

“Our program is based on years of sound research regarding developmentally appropriate practice,” instructor Michelle Tilden explained. “What we offer for children encompasses the whole child’s developmental needs: physical, cognitive, social, and emotional. It is not just academics. Will they learn those foundational academic skills? Absolutely! But not at the cost of their natural joy, wonder and curiosity.”