Putnam Indian Field School’s mission is to inspire confidence, curiosity, creativity and a sense of community and citizen in every child they teach. PIFS is an independent, co-educational pre-school for toddlers through pre-kindergarten.
Found in 1978 as the merger of two popular Greenwich nursery schools, Putnam Indian Field School has since become the premier early-childhood program in the area. Rooted in a play-based, Reggio Emilia-approach, it has provided children with an outstanding first school experience and a love of learning for nearly 40 years.
Campus and Facilities
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 seven light-filled classrooms, a science room, gymnasium, an art artelier, a sensory/music studio, a lunchroom and kitchen, as well as four outdoor play areas to accommodate the different ages and abilities of pre-school children. Extensive organic vegetable gardens provide learning experiences for the children and healthy food for lunches and snacks.
Teachers and Staff
The educated and experienced faculty is committed to provide the best learning environment for children. For PIFS educators, teaching at the school is more than a job, it is their livelihood, 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 ensure 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. Head of School Susan Donaghy attests that they are happy to arrive on campus and eagerly greet her with smiles and handshakes at the front door every school day.
Classes and Resource Rooms
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. Their youngest students must be 2 before December 31st and their Pre-K includes children turning 5 by the end of the year.
At Putnam Indian Field School they recognize that young children enjoy working and learning in small groups with lots of teacher attention. In expanding their facilities, they made sure to create spaces for children and teachers to focus together without undue noise and interruption. Their Resource Rooms are where this kind of learning takes place.
Name: Putnam Indian Field School
Address: 101 Indian Field Road, Greenwich, CT 06830.