My name is Allyssa Crawford, and I am the Owner and Director of Barnyard School of Mansfield. My students call me Ms. Allyssa. I grew up in Brookline, MA and went to Brookline High School.
What drew me to working with children is I have always enjoyed being with kids. I started babysitting at a very young age and I worked at a day camp for 8 summers starting at the age of 14. I love seeing the children’s faces when they have accomplished something they have been working on. I went to school at Mass Bay to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education. I also went to Katharine Gibbs College and studied Administrative Business Management.
Flash forward a few years, I married my husband Jay in 1995 and started a family. I have 3 children 1 boy and 2 girls. My son Jay (22) is a United States Marine, my daughter Kelly (20) is a Division 1 student Athlete studying Finance and Marketing Student at University of New Hampshire. My daughter Hayleigh (19) is a student at Merrimack College studying to be a nurse.
My favorite thing about what I have started at the Barnyard is the close-knit community I have created. I am able to be close with all of my staff and families on a daily basis. We all work together in pursuit of the best quality care for children and helping them learn and grow through play based on core competencies of early learning curriculum.
I did home daycare for many years while raising my own family. After my children got older, I found myself wanting more outside of my own home. So, I started The Barnyard School of Mansfield in 2006. My goal was to provide an atmosphere for families to come to that would give them peace of mind, knowing their children would be cared for, loved and nurtured academically and social emotionally. My school provides the benefits of warm home feeling along with advantages of being center based. I feel blessed and lucky to have staff that have a passion in working with children and help facilitate them to be the best person they can be.
When I am not at the Barnyard, I love spending time with my family. I love to travel! In the warm weather I love to read at the beach under an umbrella and in the colder weather I love skiing.