Preschool Experience Options – Partial Day Preschools

Posted on December 29th, 2016

Updated 9/17/2017

During the kindergarten registration process parents are asked about any “preschool experiences” the child may have had. This could 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 traditional preschool/nursery schools available in Southington.

Each of these preschool/nursery school options are for 3 or 4 year olds and run for a partial day. Most are already full for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Southington Library and Museum held their 11th annual Nursery School Showcase on Monday, 3/27/2017 in the Café Corner of the Adult section. This was targeted at children who have not yet signed up for the fall of 2017 and for those who will start in the fall of 2018 or 2019. Look for the 12th annual showcase next year.

This list is presented in alphabetical order and expanded descriptions and registration details were provided by the schools or their website.

Central Christian Academy
1505 West St
Southington, CT 06489
Phone: 860-621-6701 x2006

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.

Plantsville Community Nursery
109 Church Street, Plantsville
Contact Debbie Boychuck, enrollment or Director, Anne Graham
Email –

Registration is FULL for the 2017- 2018 school year.  The director would be happy to give tours to those interested in attending in the future.

3-year old class: Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 9 – 11:30
4-year old class: Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, 9 – 11:30

Plantsville Community Nursery School is non-denominational and is the oldest continually operational nursery school in the state with classes for 3-5 year olds. Over the years the program has improved to provide the best up to date experience for each child in socialization, self-reliance, cognitive skills, fine and gross motor skills and improving imagination while still caring for the basic needs of 3-5 year olds.

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

Contact them to arrange a tour, some openings are still available for the 2017-2018 school year.

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.

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.

Southington Community YMCA
29 High St
Nursery School – 860-426-9568
Tours – Families can stop by or they can schedule a tour.

Nursery School registration is now open and  openings are still available for the 2017-2018 school year.
Link to all Registration Forms:

4 Year Old: MWF AM 9-11:30 Extended 9-1
3 Year Old: TTH AM 9-11:30
Fall start child must turn 3 by Dec. 31st

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 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 pullups.

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.

Southington High School Preschool Program
720 Pleasant Street
Contact Erin Proctor at
Part of the Southington HS class on early childhood development – 1 classroom.
Meets 3 mornings a week for ages 3-5 during part of the school year.

Southington Public Schools Integrated Preschool Program
Wrinn Preschool Center at Hatton Elementary School (3 classrooms)
Strong Elementary School (1 classroom)

Date registration opened: January 3, 2017
This program is currently FULL for 3 and 4 year olds for community peers for the 2017-2018 year but names are still being accepted for the waiting list. Spots are available on a first come, first served basis. Mark your calendar for the first work day of January 2018 if interested for the following year.

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:

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

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, about 5 per classroom, 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.

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
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.

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

Registration for the 2017- 2018 school year is FULL.

The 3-year-old program is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 12:00. Class size is limited to 16 children with 3 teachers.
The 4-year-old program is on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00-12:00. Class size is limited to 16 children with 2 teachers.

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.

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

Registration for the 2017-2018 school year started on December 19th for current Zion families. Registrations to the general public opened on December 27th. There are still a few spots available, especially in the pre-K program.

For the 2017-2018 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
• The pre-k program (5 afternoons a week) will be geared towards those children with “late in the year” birthdays who are not ready for the rigors of all day kindergarten.

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. Contact info is available on the ECCS Town Resources page.
• Bright Beginnings
• Giggles and Grins Childcare Center, LLC
• Jack and Jill Childcare (opened February 2017)
• Margaret C Griffin Child Development Center – Has openings as of 9/2017. Charges on sliding scale.
• My Little Rascals Daycare
• My Little Rascals Too
• St Dominics Childcare Center
• Stork Club, Inc.
• Town and Country Child Care Centers (Formerly Pumpkin Patch Preschool & Child Care Center)
• YMCA Learning Center