WELCOME!We recognize that the move to Nantucket is a BIG one for every family to come to our shores. Below are some resources your family may find helpful.Registering for SchoolPlease see the link on the side that says "Registration Welcome."PreK ProgramsPauline Cronin is the Early Education Coordinator of the Nantucket Community School. She is an excellent resource if you have questions about kids' programming.... and the Early Childhood Center (drop-in programming).Getting to and from NantucketThere are two ferry services, both leaving from Hyannis, MA (about 1 1/2 hour from Boston):
Both sell commuter books (you can use them for the whole family).There is certainly the opportunity to just walk up half an hour before departure and buy a ticket. However, we recommend you make your reservations in advance if you know you will be traveling. The first boats in the morning fill up, and Thursday and Friday afternoon sailings from Nantucket are usually booked. Sundays getting back to Nantucket from Hyannis are like Fridays.This is a very helpful website for a consolidated schedule of ferry services.Activities on Nantucket for FamiliesThe Inquirer and Mirror is our local newspaper and has an event calendar that has all sorts of things going on. I highly recommend checking them out.You can also sign up for Daybreak Nantucket and Nantucket Current, two email newsletters that will deliver local updates to your inbox every morning.There is also Yesterday's Island to view in the summer for additional programming.For kids, I would also check out the websites for:
- Steamship Authority, which has a year-round car ferry service (there is a reduced car transit rate, the "Islander Excursion" for islanders because we go the "wrong way")
- Hyline Ferries, which runs year-round fast ferry service.
Similarly, our Nantucket Community School also has a bunch of family programming.There is also the Nantucket Family Resource Center. They are a great source for assistance programs - not just financial, but also for newcomer families. It is worth a visit when you get there, they have SO much to offer.Town of NantucketHere is the link to the town's website, with information on everything from bike paths to beaches and general island info.If you need to officially register as a resident of Nantucket, please contact the Town Clerk at 16 Broad Street. (This is also where you would go for an official letter from the Town Clerk proving your residency for the aforementioned Islander Excursion program at the Steamship Authority).If you need to change your license to Nantucket, please make an appointment at what might be the fastest RMV in the country here.Hospitals and Other ResourcesWe are lucky to have the brand-new Nantucket Cottage Hospital, just completing major renovations this year. If you need pediatricians, you can call them.Many of our families also use Briarpatch Pediatrics' Dr. Norenberg, who visits the island weekly.
- Maria Mitchell Association - history and science-based programming; in the summer they have a small aquarium downtown and a small Natural Science Museum too
- Nantucket Historical Association/Whaling Museum - they have programming for little ones that focuses on Nantucket's history
- Nantucket Atheneum - programming for all, and there is the Weezie Library for kids!