2014: Year in Review from your Director

Dear Friends of Bearcamp,

Holiday greetings and warm wishes from the Bearcamp Valley Board and staff!  I am pleased to provide this end of year update on the Bearcamp School and to thank you for your ongoing support in so many ways.


This year was one marked by many successes and changes.                                    

Enrollment overall has slowly increased, especially in toddler and preschool classes.   We now enroll preschoolers from 18 months to four years.  We also have an increasing number of school-aged children in the before and after school program in which we operate from 6am-6pm to accommodate most working parents.

While the school was meeting the new needs in the community, we did face a few challenges.  Our esteemed director Catalina Kirsch resigned recently for family and health concerns.  We appreciate all her efforts on our behalf and wish her well.   Following Catalina’s departure, we have been grateful for our two director qualified teachers: one is assistant director, the other available for school age hours, vacations, and summer. I have returned as acting director for now until a permanent replacement is found.

The other challenge is, of course, finding funding to keep our programs at the highest quality and our staff sufficiently compensated.


We are able to pay only the teachers’ salaries from our fees.  All other expenses (approximately $80,000) including heating, light, grounds, building maintenance and instructional material and equipment are supported through grants, donations and the town. United Way which generously provided funding for many years, has undergone reorganization and is no longer able to support us. Please see the attached letter.

In addition to needing support for operations, we would love to be able to purchase a 20-passenger bus to transport summer program participants to the Tamworth Swim Program, The Remick Farm and Museum, and other nearby educational locations.  We are applying for grants for this purpose but would certainly appreciate your help as well.


During the summer, cooperation on a food and community project by a teacher and a board member, culminated in a dinner for 100 guests.  It was hosted and by our 5-10 year olds who dressed appropriately as wait staff, took orders, and served food.

It was a great learning experience for our students, and a lot of fun for everyone.  Appetizers, salads and entrees were prepared in the school kitchen by our cook with assistance from students.

This memorable occasion was made possible with help from parents and donations from Sunnyfield Bakery and Yankee Smokehouse


Child development is a vital and tough job. The first five years of a child’s life is the most critical time, setting the course for what she or he becomes. We have more non-traditional homes with caregivers working.  Children need the stability and nurturing that child care provides. And the child care industry simply cannot or does not want to pay for it. Some four-year colleges do not offer above an associate level in child care because students cannot earn enough to pay back their educational loans.

Research shows that every dollar spent supporting quality childcare returns eight dollars in benefits to the community, including early identification of hearing problems and learning disabilities, family sustainability and a lower reliance on public assistance.


As we look into 2015, we can rely on foundations and our community who value Bearcamp and who are ready and willing to help.

We thank you for the support of our important work, and for your investment in the future and well-being of our local families.


Nancy Coville
Acting Director

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Join the Bearcamp Valley School Board of Directors

The Bearcamp Valley School and Children’s Center is seeking skilled professionals whovolunteer_clip_art_v3bi are passionate about helping children get a healthy start to grow in mind, in body and in heart to take their place as citizens in our global society.  We are passionate about helping the working family to be successful in the workforce and to support their role as parents.  We are passionate about surrounding children with exciting opportunities to grow and learn.   The Bearcamp Valley School and Children’s Center (aka Tamworth Preschool) has been working at this mission for 50 years and we have so much more to give.  But we cannot do it without a hardworking, committed Board of Directors whose task it will be to help keep our organization sustainable and help it grow to meet the needs of new generations of 21st century learners. Call or email today and let us share our plans with you.  Join our board. Come out and play. 603-323-8300 [email protected]


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Thank you Tamworth, NH voters for your support!


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Thank you to the voters of Tamworth, NH who voted to appropriate $17,000.00 to support out of school time enrichment and care at Bearcamp Valley School and Children’s Center.  Without your support we would not be able to serve so many children and families, especially those in greatest need.

If you are interested in ways you can support our programs, call (603) 323-8300.  Now enrolling two year olds, preschool students and school age students in all programs.  Seeking new members for our Board of Directors and also volunteers.

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Bearcamp Valley School & Children’s Center will close at 1:00pm today

Drive safely on the roads.

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Winter Weather Closings

BVSCC will post alerts for weather related closing or delayed opening in the following places:

  1. Right here on this website.  If we are closed or delayed, we’ll post an update here on the home page by 5AM the day of a weather event
  2. On TV:  Channel 9 WMUR on air and online at www.wmur.com
  3. On the Radio: WMWV radio 93.5 FM. Tune in for alerts or call ahead to school to be sure we are open. 603-323-8300
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