Nonotuck Forever Capital Campaign Underway

Buying Our Building

Nonotuck has reached a major crossroads: after a decade of leasing our current space from Northampton we need to buy our building. The City recently informed us they could no longer lease us our building and they intend to sell. We secured one final lease, ending July 2019, with no option to renew. With strict requirements for a childcare facility and limited time, moving to a new space is not an option. The choice is to buy our building or close our doors.


Our goal is to raise $50,000 towards down payment and closing costs by June 1st, 2017 so we can purchase our building from the City. The parent community of Nonotuck has worked to ensure the building is in good condition, and ongoing maintenance and loan payments will be able to be covered by the Nonotuck Community School’s operating budget. We’ve already made a big investment: Ten years ago when Nonotuck Community School first approached the City with an offer to lease the building, it was boarded up and needed significant work. The City decided to lease the building and worked with us to renovate it to serve as a childcare center. Co-op families provided architectural consultation and physical labor and the Nonotuck Community School contributed over $100,000 via a municipal bond (paid over five years time) towards the renovation. We continued to invest over the next ten years, especially in parent co-op sweat equity.

How You Can Help

Make a Gift or Pledge – Talk with us about how your gift could be structured to work best for you. For example monthly giving might enable you to have the greatest impact. Recognition opportunities are available, and Nonotuck Community School is a 501c3 charitable nonprofit organization, so gifts are tax-deductible. You can make a donation via the school’s website or by mailing a check to the office with “Capital Campaign” in the memo line. Please contact the school with any questions, or email Alice Rich Lewis at

Tell Your Friends – The clock is ticking for Nonotuck Community School. Help us beat the clock by sharing links to information about the Nonotuck Forever campaign on Twitter or your Facebook page, invite someone to come to a fundraising event, or simply talk to your local friends about what’s happening here.
A small gift from the Northampton community to the Nonotuck Forever campaign will create a permanent home for the Nonotuck Community School, paying dividends for decades to come in the benefit to our community’s working parents and children.

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Nonotuck Community School provides high quality preschool education and child care. We care for children 15 months to 5 years in an environment that promotes self-esteem, creative thinking and individuality through a respectful partnership between children, parents and faculty.  Unlike some ‘day care’ centers, our children stay in one classroom for the year, enhancing their early childhood education experience by having close and consistent relationships with their friends and teachers.  We are a licensed early education and child care center.