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Happy Days Playschool is the only early care and education center in the Arlington-Sunderland-Sandgate area. 

Happy Days provides a quality learning environment for approximately 160 children per year, from infants up to 12 year-olds. 

Started in 1984, Happy Days Playschool has become a vital service to the community.

Our Programs



Warm, caring, loving and consistent…. Happy Days staff provide an atmosphere infants and toddlers thrive in. Age appropriate experiences planned by staff enhance new and expanding skills. Children make gains in social, language, self-help, motor, and problem solving skills.

The infant-toddler schedules include walks whenever possible, two separate playgrounds specially designed for under 1 year olds and 1-2 year olds, breakfast, lunch, snacks and a variety of music.

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This is an extremely important year for growth and development. Children may come to this class as awkward and egocentric toddlers but leave as independent and social preschoolers!

Learning to share toys, becoming more independent and expanding on adult language are major skills for this group. Playing with playdough, puzzles, finger and hand games develop writing muscles. Singing songs, short circle time activities and listening to others, encourages group socializing and taking turns. Staff gear activities to guide children toward these goals.

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The preschool/pre-k program is available for children ages three to five years during which time they engage in activities to prepare them for Kindergarten. We offer a developmentally appropriate curriculum based on themes for this age level.

The daily schedule consists of: indoor and outdoor play, breakfast, group time, lunch, stories, music, drama, art and computer time as well as field trips and special events. Children also learn skills such as listening in a group, participating in group discussions, problem solving with peers and adults, and many self help skills.

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School Age


The program meets daily Monday-Friday after school at Happy Days. Staff members meet the Kindergarten through fifth grade students at Fisher school and walk them back to Happy Days. Sunderland students, ages five to twelve, also attend by bus.

Supervised activities include arts and crafts, games, group projects, cooking, computer time, occasional field trips, and both indoor and outdoor playtime. A snack is provided each afternoon and doing homework is an option. On snow days and school vacations we offer supervised activities for school age children 5-12 years old.

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Arlington Area Childcare/Happy Days Playschool is committed to making tuitions affordable for our families. We have developed a sliding fee scale, based on income, which includes a large discount for the second child. 

RATES: (per hour)

Level 5: $51,000 + (1st Child: $6.80)

Level 4: $46,000-$50,999 (1st Child: $6.05)

Level 3: $35,000-$45,999 (1st Child: $5.60)

Level 2: $30,000-$34,999 (1st Child: $5.40)

Level 1: $25,000-$29,999 (1st Child: $4.85)

*Additional child costs upon request

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Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and learn more about Happy Days Playschool. 

We would love to hear from you.

Please fill out the form below or call us to learn more about our program and pricing options:

(802) 375-6039

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Happy Days Playschool

426 E Arlington Rd, Arlington, VT 05250

(802) 375-6039


STARS (Step Ahead Recognition System)

4 out of 5 Stars

Happy Days Playschool has achieved 4 STARS accreditation with the State of Vermont for the past three years. STARS (Step Ahead Recognition System) is Vermont’s system for recognizing quality licensed early childhood programs throughout the state. Four stars indicates an established program that has met several standards of quality in all five areas. 

The five areas assessed are;

  • Licensing
  • Staff qualifications
  • Working with families and communities
  • Program practices
  • Administration