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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 have worked at the DCH Preschool for over 25 years!


Preschool Director

Jayma Thompson

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Jayma has been an integral part of the DCH Preschool since 2005, first serving in the classroom as a floating teacher, lead classroom teacher, and as the Kindergarten teacher for seven years, before moving into administrative roles. In July 2020 she was promoted to Preschool Program Coordinator, and a year later to Assistant Preschool Director. The DCH Board of Directors was thrilled to name Jayma as Preschool Director in May 2022 citing her long history with and passion for the school, her commitment to both staff and families, and her child-centered approach. 

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, a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Lasell College. Both of Jayma’s children have been students at the DCH Preschool. 

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Preschool Assistant Director

Patricia McLoughlin


Patricia joins our team for the start of the 2022/2023 school year with more than 25 years of early education experience and a passion for working with children, colleagues, and families. She prides herself on making connections, sustaining relationships, and staying open to change, growth, and collaboration. Patty graduated with a combined degree in Elementary Education/Early Childhood Education and has experience in the areas of mindfulness, supporting children and families with special rights (such as transitions (IFSP/IEP support)), understanding roots of behaviors, reflective teacher exchanges, and social/emotional support, especially with conflict resolution strategies. She has been influenced by the Reggio Emilia Approach including in her last position as an Education Coordinator for over 15 years. Her roots are in the classroom as a teacher, and she makes sure she “lives” there enough to always gain balance, insight, and joy.

Patty lives in Southeastern MA and enjoys spending time with her children, most of all-hiking, playing and coaching sports, having dance parties, traveling to NH and Cape Cod, and spoiling their dogs - Moo and Honey.

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Preschool Enrollment 2023/2024

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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