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 Pre-K 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.

Hours of Operation

Infant, Toddler, Preschool, Prekindergarten, Camp

M-F: 7:30 am - 5:30 p.m.


M-F: 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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Upcoming Events

Butterfly Release Celebration

Blended Care Family Social

HFCC Closed for Teacher Workshop

HFCC Closed for Thanksgiving Break

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