2019 Living Greenwich Preschool Guide | Fall Edition

Welcome to the 2019 Living Greenwich Preschool Guide - a local resource for Greenwich-area parents seeking in-depth information on some of the preschool and Pre-K programs available for their children.

Why Preschool? For many of our children, preschool represents their first experience in a structured setting with teachers and groups of other children. Preschool is the place where skill sets that will serve our children well into the rest of their lives begin to find their formal foundations. Learning to share. Following instructions. Social and emotional development. Language and cognitive skills. Developing curiosity. Pre-math and literacy skills. Motor skills. The list of benefits go on and on...

This is precisely why we're bringing the 2019 Living Greenwich Preschool Guide to our community. We want to provide local parents with the information necessary to assist them in choosing a high quality Pre-K program that suits their child (and family). We've striven to include programs where the young learners in our town will be well-cared for, enjoy an array of beneficial activities, make new friends, and build the knowledge, skills, and confidence to do well in kindergarten.

The schools and programs that are a part of this guide look forward to meeting you and your children, offering tours of their facilities, and answering all of the questions you may have as you weigh the options searching for a perfect fit.

It's never too early to begin making Pre-K plans for your child! We encourage you to reach out and open conversations with the Preschools that interest you today!

Where to begin? Scroll Down to Peruse All Preschools - Or Click on Any Name Below to Visit a Specific Preschool Overview. Each preschool opens in a new tab in your browser - to return to this index page and view additional programs, just return to this tab. We strongly suggest taking the time to read the full details for each Preschool - and clicking through to their actual websites - in order to get an informed sense as to the actual spectrum of offerings and activities furnished by each featured listing.

Note: Featured image above courtesy of Temple Sholom Selma Maisel Nursery School | A Place Where Learning & Discovery Begin!

  


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Living Greenwich Preschool Directory

Scroll Down to Peruse All Independent Schools - Or Click on Any Name Below to Visit a Specific Independent School Overview. Each Independent School opens in a new tab in your browser - to return to this index page and view additional schools, just return to this tab.

  

Preschool Showcase

  

First Presbyterian Church Nursery School | Engage, Enrich, Inspire.

Welcome to First Presby! Our tradition in the community began with our founding over 50 years ago!

We have expanded through the years to serve children from nursery through pre-kindergarten in nine classrooms. We are located at the top of Greenwich Avenue, housed in both the beautiful First Presbyterian Church, and the storybook Nursery School building across the way.

Here at First Presby, we are passionate about inspiring your children. Our exceptional teachers create a rich, stimulating curriculum, individualized to meet the needs of the children. We are purposeful in following the Connecticut Early Learning Standards. These standards support children to be creative, be inquisitive, be flexible, be critical thinkers, be purposeful and reflective, and be social learners. In short, we want the children to develop a love of learning through experiences that are meaningful to them. Our teachers engage with our children so that they grow socially, emotionally, and cognitively.

We value our families, and we strive to create a sense of community with our joyful children, our nurturing teachers and our supportive families. Our families create life-long friendships, and remain close with each other long after they leave First Presby. Our graduates frequently visit to let us know how much they loved their time with us!

Join us for a tour. You will see for yourself that First Presby is a truly loving and nurturing school!

TIME SENSITIVE - RELATED OPEN HOUSE: First Presbyterian Church Nursery School

SAVE THE DATE: Open House - Thursday, October 10th, at 9:30am or 7:00pm.

We are passionate about inspiring your children! We value our community of joyful children, nurturing teachers and supportive families.

We have a rolling admissions process and enroll children on a first come, first served basis beginning October 30, 2019.

Join us for OPEN HOUSE on October 10, at 9:30am or 7:00pm. You will see for yourself that First Presby is a truly loving and nurturing place to learn!

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Greenwich Catholic School | The Dougherty Center for Early Learning

Greenwich Catholic School provides students with a life-long intellectual and spiritual foundation through a rigorous and innovative curriculum focused on faith, critical thinking, responsibility, and service.

The Dougherty Center for Early Learning at Greenwich Catholic School provides a safe and nurturing environment for Pre-K children (ages 3-4) and teaches age-appropriate activities for social, emotional, cognitive, physical and language development all under our loving faith of God.

The Dougherty Center for Early Learning is unique in many different ways. We see each child as an inventor, a problem solver, and a discoverer - while motivating their natural curiosity. The Dougherty Center program emphasizes a primary goal for children to get along well with others while also becoming enthusiastic, independent, self-confident, and curious learners.

TIME SENSITIVE - RELATED OPEN HOUSE: Greenwich Catholic School

Admission to Preschool at the Dougherty Center for Early Learning at Greenwich Catholic School requires a number of steps for completion. We highly recommend applying in the early Fall of the year before your child’s desired enrollment date.

The best way to get to know our school is to tour our campus.

Greenwich Catholic School's Fall Open House is on October 8th at 9 AM. RSVP Now: https://www.gcsct.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=431664&type=d&pREC_ID=1283907

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Greenwich International Preschool and Kindergarten | Experiential Education

Greenwich International Preschool and Kindergarten is a private, non-profit preschool in Greenwich, Connecticut educating children from ages 2 to 6, with experienced teachers and programs geared to a total preschool and kindergarten education.

Our school embraces young students from many countries and cultures and teaches an international curriculum that celebrates all children. Here, global awareness is lived and shared every day as we strive to develop tomorrow's citizens by "educating children of the world, for the world."

We look forward to meeting you, learning about your children and introducing you to our community. The first step is to contact us to arrange a private tour or attend an open house.

TIME SENSITIVE - 2019 Registration is Open Now!: Greenwich International Preschool and Kindergarten

OPEN HOUSE WED. SEPTEMBER 25th (from 10am-11am)

Opemn Registration for children ages 2 through 6 years old.

Please make an appointment by calling: 203.629.5567

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Putnam Indian Field School | Inspiring confidence, curiosity, creativity and a sense of community in every child we teach.

Putnam Indian Field School is an independent, co-educational pre-school for toddlers through pre-kindergarten.

Putnam Indian Field School has 13 different classes offering a variety of enrollment opportunities including half-day and three-, four- and five-day options, depending on the age of the child. Our youngest students must be 2 before December 31st and our Pre-K includes children turning 5 by the end of the year.

We ALSO now offer both half- and extended-day classes depending on the age of child.

Our mission, at Putnam Indian Field School (PIFS), is to inspire confidence, curiosity, creativity and a sense of community and citizenship in every child they teach. Established as the result of a merger in 1978 between two well-known Greenwich nursery schools, the school represents over 70 years of combined experience in serving community children. Organized as an educational, non-profit corporation, and operated by a Board of Trustees made up of school parents.

TIME SENSITIVE - RELATED OPEN HOUSE DATES/TIMES: Putnam Indian Field School - 10/24/19 (from 5:30-7:30pm)

The best way to get to know if Putnam Indian Field School is right for your child is to visit and tour our campus. Tours are conducted by PIFS staff and parent ambassadors. During your visit, you and your child will have the opportunity to see the classrooms and play spaces in use; we will explain our philosophy and answer your questions. There is no testing involved, and you and your child will not be separated.

Visit pifs.net/admission/ to learn more about school tours at PIFS. There is an Open House on our campus on Open House on Thursday 10/24 from 5:30-7:00pm.

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Round Hill Nursery School | A Comprehensive Early Learning Experience For Toddlers Through Pre-K

A comprehensive early learning experience for toddlers through Pre-K.

Round Hill Nursery School was founded in 1946 to provide a quality first learning experience for three and four-year-old children in the backcountry of Greenwich.

In 1984, recognizing and responding to the changing needs of families in Greenwich and the surrounding communities, the "First Step" program was established. This program provides for the social and emotional development for two-year-olds exclusively. Today, seven decades after its founding, Round Hill Nursery School offers a superior early learning experience for children from Greenwich and neighboring towns.

Our curriculum offers experiences that support and nurtures the growth of each individual child in all areas of development: social, emotional, physical, cognitive and creative.

TIME SENSITIVE - You're Invited: Open House at Round Hill Nursery School

We welcome the opportunity to show you our amazing school, and answer all questions you might have!

Open House Date: Friday, Sep 27th at 9:30am (at 466 Round Hill Road)

Round Hill Nursery School is a magical place where you will feel welcome and your children will thrive. Come see what we are all about!

Click Here To Learn More Register For An Open House

  


  

The Preschool at Second Congregational | An Independent Non-Sectarian Preschool For Children Ages 2 Through 5

The Preschool at Second Congregational is an independent non-sectarian preschool for children ages 2 through 5 centrally located on 5 acres in Greenwich, Connecticut.

The Preschool’s mission is to provide a warm and creative atmosphere to foster young children’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth through a child-centered curriculum. We believe children learn best in an environment which emphasizes creative expression, and curriculum that is attuned to the individual child’s unique pattern of development. Preschool is a time for children to begin a journey of lifelong learning with excitement, wonder, and curiosity. Our goal is to begin them on that journey.

SCHEDULE A CAMPUS VISIT: The Preschool at Second Congregational

We understand that choosing a preschool is an important decision for parents. We are here to assist each family in making a well informed decision for their child. With over 20 years of early childhood experience, our director and staff pride themselves on providing a unique learning experience for your child.

The best way to get to know our school is to schedule a tour of our beautiful campus. Once a family makes an initial inquiry to our admissions office, we will arrange for a tour of our campus and classrooms. During your visit you will have a chance to observe classroom activities and have ample time to ask any questions you might have. We will discuss typical day schedules, philosophy, curriculum and general school policies.

We look forward to meeting you!

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Temple Sholom Selma Maisel Nursery School | A Place Where Learning & Discovery Begin!

The Temple Sholom Selma Maisel Nursery School (SMNS) in Greenwich, CT, offers a rewarding, one-of-a-kind educational experience for families with children pre-school and younger.

While our programs are guided by Jewish values, we welcome families of all faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds.

At SMNS, we strive to stay on the cutting edge of early childhood education. Over the past two years, we have added unique learning spaces including a dedicated STEAM Lab, Gymnastics Studio, garden, and an outdoor STEAM playspace. Children also visit our Discovery Room weekly to learn about and meet new animals from the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, and take daily trips outside to the multi-level state-of-the-art playground with its own child-size town.

SCHEDULE A TOUR

Come see the Temple Sholom Selma Maisel Nursery School for yourself!

We invite you to contact David Cohen, Director of Schools, at 203-622-8121 or david.cohen@templesholom.com to schedule a tour.

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Whitby School Children's House | 18 Months to Kindergarten

“Students in Children's House learn to approach new challenges with confidence. They are empowered to become creative, well-informed, passionate and joyful learners and citizens of the world.”

Your child's story begins in Founder's Hall, the part of Whitby School that is home to the Stepping Stones and Primary classrooms which together make up their Children's House. The Children’s House is dedicated to educating Whitby's youngest learners. The motto here is “Follow the Child”. In well-ordered, developmentally appropriate classrooms, under the guidance of expertly trained, experienced and caring teachers, children’s own love of exploration allows them to take the lead in their learning.

Children’s House is designed specifically to foster social and cognitive development and to lay the foundation for learning in multiple academic areas. Different learning sections of the room thoughtfully encourage children to explore practical life activities, sensorial experiences, math, language, culture and science.

Students in Children's House learn to approach new challenges with confidence. They are empowered as readers, writers, critical thinkers and mathematicians to become creative, well-informed, passionate and joyful learners and citizens of the world. Respected as individuals, our students think for themselves and are ready to begin their journey of learning and discovery.

TIME SENSITIVE - RELATED OPEN HOUSE DATES/TIMES: Whitby School

Our team welcomes prospective families to attend an Open House. This is a wonderful way to see our campus, meet current students and better understand Whitby’s compelling continuum.

If you are unable to attend the Open House or would like a more personalized experience, we would be delighted to take you and your family on a personal tour of our campus at any time throughout the year.

Early Childhood Exploration
Join us for a firsthand look at our Stepping Stones and Primary programs.
Tuesday, October 1 at 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, October 17 at 9:30 a.m.

Middle School Exploration
Spend some time observing a typical morning in our Grades 5-8 classrooms.
Thursday, September 26 at 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, October 16 at 9:30 a.m.

All School Open House
Come explore our continuum of education from Nursery (18 months)-Grade 8.
Sunday, October 27 at 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 14 at 9:30 a.m.

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YWCA Greenwich | Steven and Alexandra Cohen Preschool Center

At YWCA Greenwich Preschool the goal is to help every child to be happy, confident, eager to learn, and well-prepared for Kindergarten.

YWCA Greenwich Preschool is a world of learning, laughter and love. An international student body from ages 15 months to 5 years, experience a state-of-the-art facility, a new STEAM Lab, and a community of special educators who care deeply about every child’s development.

YWCA Greenwich Preschool’s 10-month program is the only area preschool that includes gymnastics, music, Spanish, STEAM activities, Swimming, Yoga and visits monthly from a Naturalist as part of its curriculum at no extra charge.

YWCA Greenwich Preschool also offers flexible scheduling to fit different family needs.

Our objective is to create activities based on your child’s individual needs and interests that provide a foundation for language and reading skills, as well as other academic pursuits.

The preschool is set on a lovely, 6.5-acre site in central Greenwich. Annually renovated to meet upgraded standards, it contains large classrooms and areas for childhood learning. Rooms are specifically designed to facilitate development at each age and stage of development. It is a safe, happy and clean environment that permits children to learn at their own pace.

Visiting our facility is the first step in deciding whether the YWCA Greenwich Preschool is right for you and your child. To schedule a tour and begin the application process, click through on the button below and fill out the online form. Once we receive your information, you will be contacted to come in for a tour and meeting with Geri Smiles, Director of Childhood Education at YWCA Greenwich. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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