Harris Family Children's Center


The Harris Family Children's Center offers care to children of Phillips Exeter Academy families and the surrounding community. Our state-of-the-art facility consists of an Infant program, a Toddler program, a Preschool program, a Kindergarten Prep program, an After-school program and a Summer Camp. Our child-centered curriculum educates children through individual and group exploration, hands-on experimentation, nature based learning and discovery through observation.

Our classroom environments are designed to provoke open-ended experiences and encourage communication of ideas. Common areas have been incorporated into the design of the building. These shared spaces include the Harkness Conservatory which allows for extended project work, a multi-purpose room for gross motor activity and a spacious lobby that also serves as a library and family gathering space.

The center has access to the Phillips Exeter Academy campus to include the gymnasium, track and fields, science center, library, art gallery and creative arts performances. Our ideal location allows students to explore downtown Exeter and Swasey Parkway on walking trips, supporting our mission of promoting connectivity and community.

The Harris Family Children's Center is currently full for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Enrollment for our 2021 Summer Camp and Summer Programs, as well as the 2021-2022 academic year, will begin in late spring 2021. 

**Due to COVID-19, the Harris Family Children's Center has adopted new safety measures and protocols to protect all members of our community; 2020-2021 COVID-19 Parent Handbook.

Hours of Operation

Infant, Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten Prep, Camp

M-F: 8:00 am - 5:00 p.m.

Contact the Children's Center

Upcoming Events

Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Closed for Winter Recess

Closed for Staff Professional Development 


Closed for Spring Recess Day

View design sketches, building pictures, backyard and back porch, as well as the Harkness Conservatory and the Great Room.