Preschool Options

Updated 8/13/2018

Studies have shown that having a quality preschool experience makes a huge difference in the future success of a child.

A “preschool experiences” may include a part-time preschool/nursery school, an all-day child-care program with a pre-school curriculum or shorter classes/programs that the child attends.

This ECCS article explores the free programs, traditional preschool/nursery schools and the all day, center-based preschool care options available in Southington. There are several additional programs located in nearby towns.

These lists are presented in alphabetical order and expanded descriptions and registration details were provided by the schools or their website. You are encouraged to visit and ask about the program details, starting when your child is two.

Free Drop-in and Short Term programs

The Resources section also includes lists enrichment programs run by local organizations, including science, dance, art and music.  There are also Resources listings for sports, playgrounds and outdoor spaces, healthcare providers, support services and more.

Family Resource Center
The Family Resource Center of Southington offers fun and free family programs for children ages birth to 5 years. Programs are offered year round.
Contact Shannon Fitzsimons at sfitzsimons@southingtonschools.org to receive their program newsletter or send them a message through their Facebook page.
Strong School, 820 Marion Avenue, Southington
Web Site: https://www.facebook.com/FRCSouthington

Southington Public Library
The Southington Library has more than just books. You can also check out videos, CD, backpacks of educational materials, shaped cake pans and more.
The Children’s department has a puppet theater, computers with educational programs, train table, blocks and other toys.
Their children’s programs are free to attend; though the more popular programs do require you to sign up beforehand and to put down a refundable $3/6 deposit (which you get back when you attend the program! It just saves your spot!). Programs are promoted at the Children’s circulation desk and on their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/SouthingtonKidsPlace/ (but not on the Library’s Calendar of Events).
Southington Library, 255 Main St, Southington
Phone: (860) 628-0947
Web Site: http://www.southingtonlibrary.org

 

Part-day traditional preschool/nursery schools programs

Each of these preschool/nursery school options are for 3 or 4 year olds and run for a partial day. Some of these are full for the 2018-2019 school year. Registration for the 2019-2020 year will start in December 2018-February 2019 depending on the program.
A few places also offer programs for 4 or 5 year old children who meet the age eligibility requirements but aren’t developmentally ready to start Kindergarten.

For those programs that mention a December 31st cut off, check out this When to Start chart by birth year.

Central Christian Academy
1505 West St
Southington, CT 06489
Phone: 860-621-6701 x2006
http://centralchristianonline.org/

Grades – 3 year-old-kindergarten through 12th
School Hours: 8:15 am – 2:50 pm
Central Christian Academy uses only the finest Christian school curriculum, books, and material.

 

Greater Hartford area Open Choice and Magnet Schools
The Connecticut State Department of Education’s Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) coordinates the Open Choice and Magnet School programs. Southington children can attend a Hartford district school through the Open Choice program or apply to the lottery to attend a magnet school with a specialized educational theme. There are over 40 schools in the program across the Hartford region serving Pre-K 3 to grade 12.

The RSCI lotter application period usually runs from November through February of each year.

Transportation is not provided for pre-K students.
Phone: 860-713-6990
http://www.choiceeducation.org

 

Plantsville Community Nursery
Plantsville Community Nursery School, the oldest continually operational nursery school in the state, closed its doors in June 2018 and is not accepting enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year.

 

Southington Catholic School
133 Bristol St
Southington, Connecticut 06489
Phone: 860-628-2485
http://southingtoncatholicschool.org/
NEASC Accredited, PreK 3 through Grade 8

UPDATE as of 8/13/18: For the 2018-2019 school year, there are openings for the Pre-K 3 and the Pre-K 4 classrooms.

3 and 4 year old students in the half day program are in school from 8-11:30pm and full day students are in school from 8-2pm with lunch and rest time. Parents can choose 2-5 days a week with half or full day options. Children should turn 3 before December 1st of the year enrolled. Before and Aftercare is also available when needed. The Pre-4 program successfully prepares children for a smooth transition to kindergarten. Students wear school uniforms.

Southington Catholic School is a Christ centered, nurturing learning community that fosters Catholic faith based values in our students while achieving academic excellence. Students of all races, ethnicities, and religions are welcomed at Southington Catholic School and admission is offered to all qualified applicants whose needs can be fully met by the school. Contact them to arrange a tour.

 

Southington Community YMCA – Nursery School and Nursery School Plus
29 High St
Southington
860-426-9568
http://www.sccymca.org/youth-development/southington-ymca/child-development

Contacts:
Katie Sherman : Director of Child Care, (P) 860-426-9541, (E) ksherman@sccymca.org
Kari Robarge: Early Childhood Director, (P) 860-426-9542, (E) krobarge@sccymca.org
Josie Cusano: Child Care Registrar, (P) 860-426-9545, (E) jcusano@sccymca.org

Tours – Families can stop by or they can schedule a tour.

UPDATE as of 8/13/18: For the 2018-2019 school year, there are openings for the 3 and the 4 year old classrooms.

Link to all Registration Forms: http://www.sccymca.org/registration-forms

Child must turn 3 by Dec. 31st to ensure a Fall start

Nursery School – The partial-day, partial-week Nursery School program is a state licensed program offering classes MWF from 9-11:30AM for 4 year olds and TTH from 9-11:30AM for 3 year olds. Nursery School curriculum follows the CT Preschool Framework and CT ELDS (Connecticu Early Learning Developmental Standards) and is located in the secure, spacious and stimulating environment of early childhood classrooms on the 2nd floor in the main YMCA building. Swimming is included for 4 year olds. Children must be fully toilet trained and out of pull-ups.

Nursery School Plus (Nursery School Extended) – Children will participate in the regular nursery school program and then have additional time with teachers for more individualized instruction with an emphasis on Pre-K readiness skills, including activities in math, science and literacy. Program runs MWF from 9-1 for our 4 year olds. Children will bring lunch from home and be provided with a morning snack. Swimming is included on Fridays. This program will be located in the early childhood classrooms on the 2nd floor in the main Y building. Children must be fully toilet trained and out of pull ups.

Southington YMCA also offers a full-day preschool program and a full-day, Jump Start program for children who are eligible to start Kindergarten (see below).

 

Southington Public Schools Integrated Preschool Program
Note that Southington Public Schools is required by State law to provide preschool and support services to children with special needs, but it does NOT offer preschool to all students in town. The fee they charge for community peers is comparable to what is charged by privately run preschools.

Wrinn Preschool Center at Hatton Elementary School (3 classrooms)
Strong Elementary School (1 classroom)

This program is currently FULL for 3 and 4 year olds for community peers for the 2018-2019 school years and there is a waiting list.
Date registration opens for 2019-2020:  Usually the first work day of January 2019 – Mark your calendar, it usually fills up immediately.

The Integrated Preschool Program of Southington Public Schools provides quality preschool center-based activities to three and four year old children in Southington.  A portion of enrolled students are typically developing children who serve as peer models for students who require special education.  The preschool staff use the Connecticut Preschool Curriculum Framework and Early Learning and Development Standards to prepare children for kindergarten. Through developmentally appropriate play, language experiences are nurtured to foster independence, increase self-esteem and maximize learning in a positive, encouraging environment.

Open House or tours:  Available upon request to the Special Education Coordinator

Link to registration form:  Applications for community peers are available at the Board of Education Office of Pupil Personnel, at Hatton Elementary School, by calling 860-628-3200 x 332 or on the Southington Public School Website  using the following link: http://www.southingtonschools.org/parents-students/preschool

Session days/times:
Hatton AM Session runs from 8:35 AM to 11:15 AM
Strong AM Session runs from 8:55 AM – 11:35 AM
Hatton PM Session runs from 12:25 PM to 3:05 PM
Strong PM Session runs from 12:50 PM – 3:20 PM

Three year olds attend two or three AM sessions per week.  Four year olds attend three or four PM sessions per week

Spots are available on a first come, first served basis.  Parents will be notified that they will be on a waiting list if capacity is reached.

Community peers are charged a non-refundable application fee of $25 annually in addition to a tuition fee.  There are no sessions held on Fridays.  Parents/Guardians are responsible for transportation of community peers.  Registration forms, including a record of required immunizations will be necessary for those students accepted into the program as a community peer.  Registration occurs at Hatton School in June, parents are notified of the date and time that they can submit all complete forms with fees.  Parents are notified by mail in August of the child’s teacher, start date and days per week.

 

Southington High School Nursery School
720 Pleasant Street
Southington
Part of the Southington High School Family and Consumer Science class on early childhood, called “The Preschooler”.
Meets 3 mornings a week for ages 3-5 during the semester.
For the HS students, this class is a comprehensive study of the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development of the young child. Developmental theories will be explored and application of course concepts will be utilized in Southington HS’s nursery school.
Contact Erin Proctor at eproctor@southingtonschools.org

 

Village Green Nursery School
37 Main Street, Southington
(860) 628-6958 x113

UPDATE as of 8/13/18: For the 2018-2019 school year, there is potentially one opening in the 3’s program and a waiting list for the 4’s program.

The 3-year-old program is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 12:00. Class size is limited to 12 children.
The 4-year-old program is on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00-12:00. Class size is limited to 12 children.

Extended Day Program is offered for the children in the 4 year old program only. Children have the option to stay until 1:30, adding an additional 1.5 hours to their day. This program is limited to 12 children and is more structured, focusing on kindergarten prep skills.

For the 2019-2020 school year – registration will open to the public on December 1.

Village Green is a family oriented program that encourages parent involvement in the classroom. They also offer evening family events such as Bedtime Story Time, Dessert for Dads, Mother’s Day Tea and an annual Family Dance. Village Green has a lending library for the children and a parent section that offers parenting books as well as Literacy and Science Kits for at home family activities.

 

Zion Lutheran Nursery School
531 Woodruff St
Southington, CT 06489
Director Colleen Clark
Phone: 860-628-6007
http://www.zionlutheranct.org/at-the-church/missions/

UPDATE as of 8/13/18 – For the 2018-2019 school year, there are 3 openings for the afternoon pre-k program.

For the 2018-2019 school year –
• The 3 year old program will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 until 11:30.
• The 4 year old program will meet Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 9:00 until 11:30, with an optional extended day until 1:00 on Fridays.
• The pre-k program is geared towards those children with “late in the year” birthdays who are not ready for the rigors of all day kindergarten.  It runs 5 days a week, although 4 year olds can start on a 3 day a week schedule and then move to 5 days.

For the 2019-2020 school year – registration will open to the public on December 1.

The Zion Christian Nursery School is a church sponsored Nursery School and serves as an outreach to the community. The program is designed to be developmentally appropriate for children while also providing the academics they will need for the future. The staff will help the child develop a sense of self-worth, an appreciation and respect of the uniqueness of others, and give the child the foundation needed for learning. Children come together in an atmosphere of acceptance and caring, which encourages sharing, creativity, and respect for themselves and others.

 

Full-day Programs

The following places offer a full-day childcare/preschool program for 3 and 4 year olds. Most of these run year round with open enrollment. Unless noted, these programs currently have openings.

Many family childcare providers also offer a structured pre-school program, see their listing on the Resources page.

Bright Beginnings
Licensed for age 6 weeks to 10 years.
185 West Main St
Plantsville, CT 06479
Phone: 860-621-9770

 

Giggles and Grins Childcare Center, LLC
Licensed for age 6 weeks to 5 years.
21 Cummings St
Plantsville, CT 06479
Phone: 860-621-3408

 

Jack and Jill II Day Care Center
Licensed for age 6 weeks to 6 years. This location opened in 2017. Jack and Jill, founded in 1954, also has a location in Cheshire.
1593 Meriden-Waterbury Tpke
Milldale, CT
Phone: (860) 426-3766
Web Site: http://www.jackandjillchildcare.com

 

Margaret C Griffin Child Development Center
Full day, year round programs for ages 3-5, fees based on a sliding scale. The Care4Kids childcare subsidy is accepted.  They have a waiting list.
240 Main St
Southington, CT 06489
Phone: 860-621-5885
Web Site: http://www.griffinchildcenter.org

 

My Little Rascals Daycare
Licensed for age 6 weeks through 10 years old. The Care4Kids childcare subsidy is accepted.
445 North Main Street
Southington, CT 06489
Phone: 860-276-0123
Web Site: http://www.mylittlerascalsdaycare.org

 

My Little Rascals Too
Second location licensed for age 6 weeks to 5 years. The Care4Kids childcare subsidy is accepted.
1850 West Street
Southington, CT 06489
Phone: (860) 392-8942
Web Site: http://www.mylittlerascalsdaycare.org

 

The Nurturing Nest and Early Learning Center
Licensed for age 6 weeks to 6 years, from 6:30 am to 6 pm on a Monday to Friday, Tuesday/Thursday or Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule.
Opened August 2018.
1721 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike
Southington, CT
Phone: 860-276-0013
Web Site: https://nurturingnestct.com/
info@nurturingnestct.com

 

St Dominics Childcare Center
Licensed for ages 6 weeks to 5 years.
Currently full for 3 year olds, has openings for 4 year olds.
1050 Flanders Street
Southington, CT
Phone: 860-628-4678
Web Site: http://saintdominicchurch.com/child-care-center

 

Stork Club, Inc.
Southington location licensed for age 6 weeks through 8 years old. The Care4Kids childcare subsidy is accepted.
Additional locations including Cheshire and Meriden.
1348 West St
Southington, CT 06489
Phone: 860-276-1031
Web Site: http://www.storkclubs.com/

 

Town & Country Early Learning Centers
Licensed for age 6 weeks through 12 years of age. Offers infant, toddler, preschool, kindergarten readiness, before and after school care, school age vacation and summer camp programs. The Care4Kids childcare subsidy is accepted.
1137 West St
Southington, CT 06489
Phone: 860-628-7900
Web Site: http://townandcountryelc.com/

 

YMCA Learning Center – Preschool and Jumpstart
YMCA Learning center offers full time care for children age 3 to 5. The Care4Kids childcare subsidy is accepted.
The YMCA also has a nursery school program, see above, and after school care.
30 High Street
Southington, CT 06489
http://www.sccymca.org/youth-development/southington-ymca/child-development

Contacts:
Katie Sherman : Director of Child Care, (P) 860-426-9541, (E) ksherman@sccymca.org
Kari Robarge: Early Childhood Director, (P) 860-426-9542, (E) krobarge@sccymca.org
Josie Cusano: Child Care Registrar, (P) 860-426-9545, (E) jcusano@sccymca.org

Preschool 860-426-9542
Tours – Families can stop by or they can schedule a tour.

Preschool registration dates are as follows;
Monday, February 5, 2018 for Current Preschool Participants
Monday, February 12, 2018 for YMCA Members
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 for the Southington Community

Openings are still available for the 2017-2018 school year.

Ages 3-4. Child must turn 3 by Dec. 31st to ensure a Fall start. Link to all Registration Forms: http://www.sccymca.org/registration-forms

Drop off begins at 6:30 AM and Pick up is 5:30 PM. Extended care option is available at an additional cost.

The full-day, preschool program is a state licensed program and is located in the secure, spacious and stimulating environment of the YMCA Learning Center. Program options are M-F (Free Family Membership included), MWF or TTH. Teachers focus on social, emotional, creative, physical and cognitive skills. We follow the CT Preschool Framework curriculum and CT ELDS (Connecticu Early Learning Developmental Standards). Children must be 3 years old by December 31st for a fall start. Additional enrichment opportunities may include an introduction to yoga and gymnastics. Children must be fully toilet trained and out of pull-ups.

Please note additional enrichment opportunities (i.e. swimming, field trips, special guests, etc.) may be offered in your child’s program and only full time enrolment guarantees that your child will be included in all activities. Part time enrolment may cause your child to miss some of these enrichment opportunities depending on the day(s) your child attends.

Jump Start 860-426-9542

Tours – Families can stop by or they can schedule a tour.

Jump Start registration dates are as follows;
Monday, February 5, 2018 for Current Preschool Participants
Monday, February 12, 2018 for YMCA Members
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 for the Southington Community

Openings are still available for the 2017-2018 school year.

Child must be eligible for Kindergarten. Link to all Registration Forms: http://www.sccymca.org/registration-forms

Drop off begins at 6:30 AM and Pick up is 5:30 PM. Extended care option is available at an additional cost

The Southington YMCA is thrilled to offer a curriculum focused Pre K program to prepare your child for Kindergarten. Children must be eligible to attend kindergarten to enroll.

This program is taught by a Senior Teacher certified in Elementary Education K-6th. The daily schedule runs much like a Kindergarten classroom with focus on Connecticut Common Core Standards including Math, Literacy, and Science.  Performance standards include relating number to quantity, using complex sentences and vocabulary to describe ideas and experiences, writing to convey meaning and engaging in scientific inquiry. Enrichment opportunities may include swimming and field trips. Please note that full time enrollment guarantees that your child will be included in all activities, trips and special projects! Full time enrollment also includes a free family membership to the Y!