2021 Living Greenwich Preschool Guide - Fall Edition

Welcome to the 2021 Living Greenwich Preschool Guide - Fall Edition; a local resource for Greenwich-area parents seeking in-depth information on some of the best local 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 2021 Living Greenwich Preschool Guide - Fall Edition to our community. We want to provide local parents with the information necessary to assist them in choosing from among the best Pre-K programs to suit 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 Greenwich-area 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 Greenwich-Area 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 St. Paul’s Day School | Play, Learn, and Grow Together AND featured home page hero image courtesy of Putnam Indian Field School | Inspiring confidence, curiosity, creativity and a sense of community in every child we teach..

 


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Living Greenwich Preschool Directory

Note: This situation remains fluid and is evolving rapidly. All information below is subject to change at any time. Be certain to contact the individual Preschools below to verify their most current offerings, dates, and etc.

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

 

Bright Horizons® at Greenwich | Our Early Education Programs Offer More Than Daycare

Bright Horizons offers a unique early education experience built on more than 30 years of expertise, and on what working families want and need for their children...and for themselves. Child care and early education isn’t just what we do — it’s who we are.

Opening early fall 2021, Bright Horizons at Greenwich is currently accepting registration forms and scheduling both in-person and virtual visits.

Highlights of the new child care center include:

  • Programs for children 6 weeks through 5 years old (infant –pre-kindergarten)
  • Year-round care and early education, operating Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Industry-leading COVID-19 safety protocols designed to keep your child and your family healthy and safe
  • Inviting classroom environments that stimulate interests and support developing skills
  • Research-based curriculum that meets children where they are developmentally and builds confidence and excitement about learning
  • Indoor gross motor room and large outdoor playground for daily physical activity
  • An app that allows you to communicate directly with your child’s teacher

Click here to take a virtual tour of Bright Horizons® at Greenwich!

Learn More + Register Now

 


 

Chabad Gan of Greenwich Preschool | A Top Quality Educational Environment Where Your Child’s Individuality Is Valued And Nurtured

Chabad Gan of Greenwich Preschool offers a uniquely warm and nurturing environment for children between the ages of 18 months and six years old. Now offering Kindergarten.

Gan of Greenwich Preschool offers comprehensive and developmentally appropriate early childhood educational programs designed to promote a child’s intellectual, social, physical and emotional growth as well as provide a strong foundation for all future learning and living.

At Gan of Greenwich Preschool, your child is offered a comprehensive curriculum that includes reading readiness, concepts in numbers, science investigations, social studies, music and movement and art experiences. In addition, we expose the children to a rich and meaningful Jewish Program consisting of holidays, traditions and the Hebrew alphabet and language. We teach our curriculum through developmentally appropriate activities and creative play. We are proud to offer a top quality educational environment where your child’s individuality is valued and nurtured.

Welcoming children aged toddler through kindergarten, the Gan of Greenwich Preschool offers families a warm and loving environment where their children are guided through the beginnings of the educational process.

Our preschool is located on the beautiful grounds of the Carmel Campus at 270 Lake Avenue. Our facilities include a spacious classroom building complete with a gymnasium and large multipurpose rooms. The grounds include outdoor classrooms, playing fields, tennis courts and two state of the art playgrounds with age appropriate structures.

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King School | Courageous Thinking

King School sets a better standard for education and equips students with the insights and heart to chart their own course. We are a co-educational day school in Stamford, Connecticut, where students in PreK through Grade 12 learn and live with purpose.

Our academics set us ahead. Throughout their years at King, our students engage in student-driven inquiry and experiential learning. Our teaching methodology is guided by educational best practices and focused on strong relationships with faculty and mentors — creating a foundation for courageous thinking and impactful action. We embrace our students’ ideas and champion their successes. We open minds and encourage lifelong curiosity.

Our community sets us apart. Students and faculty come from 40 neighboring communities and 63 countries engage in an expansive curriculum that spurs conversation on culture, religion, ethnicity and lived experiences. We are empowered by our diverse talents and inspired by our different backgrounds and perspectives. Together, we celebrate every student’s uniqueness.

Our graduates set us above. They have done more than developed skills; they have become passionate learners and caring citizens. King School alumni land at the nation’s top colleges and advance in their careers confident and prepared. More importantly, they arrive courageous and ready to make an impact in their communities – and better prepared to better the world.

When young learners see education as a place to experiment, create, construct, and connect, they develop a more expansive mindset about what school can offer them. They experience education as a path of discovery, understanding, wonder, and joy. These ideas are grounded in the Reggio-Emilia inspired, project based philosophy practiced at King School. We encourage our PreKindergarten and Kindergarten learners to collaboratively explore intentionally created vibrant classroom spaces where children are actively engaged in the process of learning from the earliest ages.

Seek more than achievement for your child. Set them ahead at King. Learn how we open minds and spark courageous thinking.

Upcoming Events:

Coffee and Conversations on Tuesdays: Join us for an overview of King School followed by a campus tour.
Learn More: kingschoolct.org/admission

Save the date: Open Houses: Grades 6-11 on October 3 & PreK-Grade 5 on November 7.
Learn More: kingschoolct.org/admission

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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’s mission is to inspire confidence, curiosity, creativity and a sense of community in every child we teach. PIFS is an independent, co-educational preschool for toddlers through pre-k. Putnam Indian Field School has been the premier early childhood program in the Greenwich area for more than 40 years. Rooted in a play-based, Reggio Emilia-inspired approach, it provides children with an outstanding first school experience and a love of learning.

Built exclusively for young children, the facilities and campus set PIFS apart from all other early childhood programs. The “little red school house” has evolved over the years to include eight light-filled classrooms, a science room, gymnasium, an art studio, a lunchroom and kitchen. In addition, there are five outdoor play areas designed to challenge the various ages and abilities of preschool children, including a new natural playscape with a ropes course, zipline, climbing nets, forts and basket swings. Extensive organic vegetable gardens provide learning experiences for the children and healthy food for lunches and snacks.

The educated and experienced faculty is committed to providing the best learning environment for children. For PIFS educators, teaching at the school is more than a job, it is their calling, and many of the teachers have been with the school for decades. They are dedicated to understanding each child’s needs, interests, and abilities, and to creating plans for continual growth and development. The teachers are happy to spend their days learning and playing with young children.

Parents are an integral part of the school. Constant communication between families and teachers ensures happy and productive experiences for PIFS students. Parent volunteers run the school events and provide input through their involvement on the Board of Trustees and the various committees of the Parents Association.

For the children of PIFS, life at school is play-based, hands-on and full of interesting and exciting learning experiences. “Students here are happy to arrive on campus and eagerly greet me with smiles at the front door every school day,” says Head of School Susan Donaghy.

OPEN HOUSE: Come Explore With Us

Putnam Indian Field School is hosting an Open House (by appointment) at their location (101 Indian Field Road, Greenwich, CT) on Thursday, October 14th (from 5:30pm - 7pm). RSVP NOW: pifs@pifs.net

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

Round Hill Nursery School (“RHNS”) is an independent nursery school located in the backcountry of Greenwich for over 70 years, offering a comprehensive learning experience, beginning at age 2 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 back country 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 of two-year-olds exclusively. Today, seven decades after its founding, Round Hill Nursery School provides a superior early learning experience for children from Greenwich and neighboring towns.

The Curriculum at RHNS offers our children experiences which encourage growth in social, physical, cognitive and creative areas. Activities which focus on gross and fine motor skills, language development, pre-reading, pre-writing and pre-math skills, the creative arts and social and emotional growth are the emphasis of our program.

RHNS is a community school with the best interest and safety of our children and teachers as our priority. We are guided in our decision making by local and national authorities and health experts, collaboration with local preschools, and mandates of the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood. Under the guidance of the RHNS Covid Response Team, protocols have been established with the goal of keeping our community safe, including daily wellness checks, formation of cohorts, frequent handwashing, disinfecting of toys and surfaces and routine inspection of the environment.

We are prepared to transition to a virtual learning delivery format or hybrid approach should circumstances require us to move to these models. As part of the transition process, we are prepared to support our families (both students and parents) as well as teachers as required.

SCHEDULE A VIRTUAL CAMPUS VISIT: Round Hill Nursery School

We welcome the opportunity to connect, and answer all questions you might have!

Contact us today to learn more about this special community. 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!

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St. Paul’s Day School | Play, Learn, and Grow Together

St. Paul’s Day School incorporates play-based learning to promote a sense of wonder and curiosity in each of our students.

Our teachers are dedicated to developing your child's potential and building a foundation for lifelong learning. We are passionate about your child's happiness and provide a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates each child’s developing independence and self-esteem. At St. Paul’s Day School, children are taught to respect one another and their community.

While St. Paul’s Day School is a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, we welcome families of all backgrounds and faiths and celebrate our resulting diversity.

St. Paul’s provides an age appropriate curriculum for children ages 2-5 including art, music and gym. We offer extended day lunch and theme based enrichment programs like cooking, STEAM and story stretchers.

Our programs include a Beginnings class for young two’s and a Be4K connecting class for children aged 4-5 who would benefit from additional time in a PreK environment.

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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 call and arrange an appointment with our Admissions Office. Tours can only be scheduled by appointment and will follow current safe distancing protocols. We will discuss our 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!

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

Our program includes part day (2's, 3's and 4's), as well as full-day (infant/toddler through pre-school) options. We also offer Little Explorers as a non-separating introduction to pre-school for children between 1 to 2 years old, in addition to our Itsy Bitsy Playgroup for parents with infants/toddlers under 18 months.

At SMNS, we strive to stay on the cutting edge of early childhood education and have added unique indoor learning spaces such as a dedicated STEAM lab, recycling room, gymnastics studio, and imagination playground to enhance our curriculum. Children enjoy taking daily trips outside to care for our garden, build in the wooden block center, and explore our child-size town and state-of-the art multi-level playground.

Our teachers and staff are both experienced and professional, and support an individualized approach to education and care. We are continuing to follow all early childhood recommendations and regulations to ensure a safe and healthy environment during Covid-19.

While guided by Jewish values, we welcome families of all faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds.Children at SMNS enjoy the wonderful richness of Shabbat, Jewish holidays and traditions through music, stories and creative activities. We often draw on the resources of Temple Sholom’s clergy and professional staff, and all of our families are encouraged to participate in the Temple’s programming geared for young children and their parents.

SCHEDULE A TOUR

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

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YWCA Greenwich | Steven and Alexandra Cohen Preschool Center

YWCA Greenwich Preschool Enrollment is open!

Our Preschool is a world of learning, laughter, and love. Our international, diverse student body will experience a state-of-the-art facility, a STEAM lab, and a community of special educators who care deeply about every child’s development.

1,2,3 Grow: Girls and Boys- 15 months to 3 years
10 Month Program
A nurturing experience where children learn to separate, build early socialization skills and advance through play, discovery, exploration, and observation.

TinkerTots: Girls and Boys- 3-4 years
10 Month Program
The focus is on a developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities that encourage the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of the child. The result: a child prepared for kindergarten and beyond.

TinkerTots Plus: Girls and Boys 3-4 years
Year Round Program
This program is perfect for working parents. It's a 48-week program, September to August, that runs from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM. Preschool summer camp is part of the program.

For more information, visit www.ywcagreenwich.org/preschool

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