Living Greenwich Preschool Guide

Welcome to the 2022 Living Greenwich Preschool Guide – Spring 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 2022 Living Greenwich Preschool Guide – Spring 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 Babbling Brook Pre-K | Big Learning for Growing Minds AND featured home page hero image courtesy of German International School New York (GISNY) | A Pre-K through Grade 12, Independent, Bilingual School..

Preschool Showcase

Babbling Brook Pre-K

Babbling Brook Pre-K is a warm and nurturing school, committed to your child’s growth and well-being. Our student-centered curriculum encourages students to explore the world around them. Through this exploration, we focus on skills that will push students beyond traditional learning and inspire a love of learning in all subject areas. Children leave every day with a smile , excited to tell you about their fun-filled day!

Babbling Brook Pre-K allows naturally curious information seekers to thrive in an environment where they feel safe to question, test and reflect on the world around them. In our unique location, a home environment with 4 acres of wooded and non-wooded space, a brook and wildlife galore, we utilize the great outdoors for much of our learning.

Our curriculum is dynamic, based on the needs of the students and what is happening in the world around us. Every moment is a teaching moment at Babbling Brook and, while we focus on learning through play, we also see the importance of dedicated ELA and math instruction in fun and age-appropriate manners.

Babbling Brook Pre-K is taught by a state certified general and special education teacher. The small class size allows for highly personalized learning and individual attention for each student. With this customization Babbling Brook Pre-K is a good choice for Pre-K students as well as those that would like a gap year after Pre-K to help with the transition into Kindergarten.

Come visit us and learn about the program, we are sure your children will leave every day eager to tell you about what they learned and what fun they had at Babbling Brook. Contact BonnieJeanne Gerhart to schedule a tour at bjrgerhart@gmail.com or 646.256.3235.

Early bird pricing effective through April 30th. Referral and sibling discounts available.

Babbling Brook is located just over the Greenwich border in Rye Brook, NY, two minutes from the Hutch/Merritt Parkway.

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Christ Church Preschool

Christ Church Preschool is proud to offer a learning community that values children’s ideas, protects the playfulness of childhood, and engages families in their child’s early education.

Our large outdoor campus and spacious classrooms offer beautiful and engaging environments for meaningful play and learning. Classes spend large portions of the school day outdoors, spending time in interest areas such as our school garden, mud kitchen, fields, and playgrounds.

Inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy of education, our curriculum is based on a process of observation and reflection, where children play an active role as co-constructors of their own learning. As children become familiar with the school environment, the available materials and their peers, a shared context develops, stories begin to unfold, and a new curriculum emerges. Teachers encourage learning through thoughtfully planned experiences, and support questioning, collaboration and critical thinking as the children acquire new knowledge.

Our school is known for its warm, close-knit community. We recognize that the preschool years are as important for our parents as they are for the children. This is a time when parents begin to form genuine friendships that support their families and children for years to come. There are many opportunities for participation in and out of the classroom, as well as in large and small school events throughout the year.

Call, email or visit our website to schedule a private tour: ccpreschoolgreenwich.org

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German International School New York

Open a world of opportunities for your child with a distinctive bilingual education and a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes the sciences.

For over 40 years, German International School New York, an independent Pre-K through Grade 12 college preparatory program, has cultivated students to develop into curious, analytical, and conscientious global citizens.

Pre-K and Kindergarten children are welcomed into a bright, spacious, and nurturing environment, and with our Nature-Based Early Childhood Education Program our students enjoy most of their school day outdoors exploring, learning, and playing on our beautiful 20-acre campus.

Our Pre-K & Kindergarten programs incorporate the “One teacher – one language” approach. One teacher only speaks German, and the second teacher only speaks English to the children.

Entering Pre-K and Kindergarten children are not required to speak or understand German and build the foundation of being bilingual by first grade.

GISNY is the only school in the tristate area accredited to offer the NYS High School Diploma and the German International Abitur, a globally recognized diploma, which facilitates access to universities worldwide.

The latest addition to our campus is a brand-new, state-of-the-art Makerspace, which allows students of all grades to fully explore projects in the fields of design thinking, life sciences, and artificial intelligence.

Learn more and register for our next virtual open house or a private campus tour @ GISNY.org.

GISNY Virtual Open House Dates:

Our admissions events are a great way to get to know our school and give you a unique opportunity to engage with our Heads of School, administrators, faculty, and admissions team.

2022: Wed. 4/6, Wed. 5/4, Thu. 6/2
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

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King School

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

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The Preschool at Second Congregational

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. We will discuss our typical day schedules, philosophy, curriculum and general school policies.

We look forward to meeting you!

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Temple Shalom

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

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 new playground with Kompan structures, 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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