Town Resources

Resources for parents and educators in Southington, Plantsville, Marion and Milldale

Preschool/Nursery Schools

2-1-1 Child Development Infoline

2-1-1 Child Care helps families find child care to best meet their needs and maintains current listings of licensed and license exempt child care programs in Connecticut. They provide early care professionals with training, technical assistance and resources.

Phone: 2-1-1 or 1-800-505-1000

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Boys and Girls Club of Meriden

The Boys & Girls Club of Meriden, Connecticut is a safe, positive place for kids to learn and grow while having fun. Their programs are made available to and affordable for all children in the community, and are designed to offer recreation, companionship, and a sense of belonging.

15 Lincoln Street

Phone: (203) 235-8185

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Bright Beginnings Child Care Center and Nursery School

Licensed for age 6 weeks to 10 years.
Full-time childcare
Part-time nursery school: M/W/F for four year olds and Tu/Th for three year olds
Summer program for school age children, sign up on a weekly basis. The day camp option runs from 9 am to 2 pm, the full day option runs from 7 am to 5:30 pm.
Before & After School Care for Strong Elementary, which has bus transportation to/from the center, and for Oshana (formerly Plantsville) Elementary which is adjacent to the property and staff walk the children across the playground to/from school.

"Bright Beginnings has been providing quality childcare services for the town of Southington and the surrounding area for over 30 years. Our longstanding relationship with the community has been built on trust and a steadfast commitment to providing a safe, supportive and educational environment for every child that walks through our doors. At Bright Beginnings, we are dedicated to creating a nurturing, stimulating and welcoming environment for all children. Our unique programs incorporate a variety of educational theories, while always keeping the child’s best interest in mind and allowing for hands-on, experiential learning. Now under new ownership, come see some of the exciting changes we are making! To find out more about us, feel free to stop by our center or reach out by phone or email."

185 West Main St
Plantsville, CT 06479

Phone: 860-621-9770

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Bright Start Child Care & Preschool

"At Bright Start, we believe that children develop and learn most effectively through hands-on play and exploration. It is through independent and cooperative play that children develop the curiosity that leads them to discover and learn the fundamental skills required for lifelong success. By providing children with an abundance of time to play and explore, we help them develop a joy for learning."

Bright Start Child Care & Preschool is a state-licensed facility offering infant, toddler, preschool and before & after school care
Care4Kids Subsidy Accepted

1790 Meriden Rd

Phone: 203-879-2728

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Carriage House Day Care

Preschool and childcare program serving children of all ages. Teachers provide developmentally-appropriate activities and materials that encourage children to explore and learn through play. Activities are hands-on and work on each child's physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. Children work on fine and gross motor skills, sensory-based activities, music, art, language development, math, literacy, science, and more.

320 Colony St

Phone: 203-235-4859

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Central Christian Academy

PreK 3 year-old through grade 12.
Christian school curriculum, books, and material.

1505 West St
Southington, CT 06489

Phone: 860-621-6701 x2006

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Chase Collegiate School

An independent PreK - Grade 12 day school.

565 Chase Parkway

Phone: 203-236-9560

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Cheshire KinderCare

KinderCare offers preschool, trusted part-time or full-time daycare, and educational before- or after-school programs.
They have an online application for information and a chat feature for after hours at
Ages: licensed for 6 weeks to 12 years, but not taking school age children
Open: 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F

1544 Byam Rd
Cheshire, CT 06410

Phone: (203) 574-2892

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Easterseals Children’s Academy

The Children's Academy/Children's Center provides inclusive, high-quality early care and education that promotes a child's social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth. We offer a full-day, year-round program, parental support and a School Readiness program to prepare children for Kindergarten success. The Children's Academy/Children's Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). There are additional facilities in Waterbury.

Each state-licensed facility features: developmentally appropriate curriculum, certified staff in CPR/First-Aid, and an all-accessible playground with skid-proof surface and tricycle track.

Tuition fees are calculated on a sliding-fee scale based on gross annual earnings and family size. Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack are provided daily at no additional cost.

Children’s Academy Meriden Campus, 125 Broad St

Phone: 203-686-1438 ext#1

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First Congregational Preschool – Meriden

First Congregational Preschool, Inc. is a nationally accredited, state-licensed, non-denominational, cooperative preschool.

"We are proud of our close relationship with children and their families, we unite to provide the best possible experience for the children who attend First Congregational Preschool. We utilize a parent information app called Tadpoles to keep families informed about our daily happenings, including daily photos of your child in the classroom. We also have daily updates on white boards outside each classroom as well as monthly newsletters.

Our teacher to child ratio is exceptional, 1 teacher to 8 students, all classrooms have 3-4 teachers for the group. Teachers and groups are set for the school year. We believe that the root of good, quality care is the relationships that we enjoy with our families and children."

62 Colony Street

Phone: 203-634-8886

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Great Beginnings Daycare Center and Nursery School

Licensed for age 6 weeks through 12 years old. Recently granted re-accreditation by the National Association for the Education for Young Children (NAEYC).

195 East Street (age 3-12) and 15-17 Cooke Street (age 6 weeks thru 2)

Phone: (860) 747-1679

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Kinder-Garden Learning Center and Childcare

Kinder-Garden Learning Center is a year-round (full-time only) nursery school, preschool, kindergarten & childcare. The center consists of families with children who range in age from 6 weeks to 6 years of age.
Kinder-Garden Learning Center has served the communities of Meriden, South Meriden, Tracy, Wallingford, Yalesville, Cheshire, Southington, Plantsville, Middlefield, Middletown, Berlin & North Haven for 28 years. Quality children's daycare, preschool, nursery school, child care, learning center, and kindergarten which specializes in preparing students for the elementary school systems. National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accredited. Member of the National Child Care Association (NCCA) located in central Connecticut (CT).

20 S Broad Terrace

Phone: 203-686-1586

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Little Scholars Learning Academy

Preschool program for ages 2.5-5 that runs from 9 to 11:30 or 12:30 to 3 on M-F. Tu-Th or M-W-F schedule.


Phone: 860-356-9900

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Meriden YMCA Head Start

The Meriden YMCA Head Start program is a NAEYC Accredited School Readiness Program for ages 2.9 - 4 years old serving families from Meriden, Southington, Wallingford & Berlin.

Nutritious Breakfast, Lunch & Snack are provided and are prepared on site.
Full and Part-Day Classes are available.
The program also includes Hearing, Vision & Developmental Screenings.
Free program based on financial need.

398 Liberty Street

Phone: 203-238-9166

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New Britain YWCA

The New Britain YWCA offers a variety of programs for children and adults.
Toddler care and preschool programs
Family Literacy Center
Sexual assault services including; sexual assault crisis service, sexual violence prevention education, empowerment workshops, and more.
Fitness Center with gym, in-person and virtual options for group exercise classes and personal training sessions.
Summer Sizzlers; The program is open to children kindergarten through 5th grade. Arts and crafts, sports and games, cooking activities, community exploration, and more!

19 Franklin Square
New Britain,

Phone: 860-225-4681

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New Britain YWCA Preschool and Toddler Care

The toddler program at YWCA New Britain is designed to provide children ages one to three years of age with a safe and nurturing environment where they can explore and make new discoveries. Toddlers learn about themselves, their feelings, communication, and movement. Children learn through play and acquire the basic skills that will serve as building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

For more information on our toddler program, contact Michelle Japs at 860-225-4681 x285 or, or Virginia Osborne at 860-225-4681 x251 or

YWCA New Britain's full-time and part-time preschool programs help to prepare children for kindergarten by offering developmentally appropriate ways to learn new skills within a play-based learning environment. Each day is filled with fun activities that help children grow socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively. Teachers plan activities while considering the needs of individual children, the needs of the group, and the goals set forth in the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards. Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack are provided. Care 4 Kids is accepted.

For more information on our preschool program, contact Michelle Japs at 860-225-4681 x285 or

19 Franklin Square
New Britain,

Phone: 860-225-4681 x285

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Plantsville Community Nursery School

Plantsville Community Nursery School closed its doors as of June 2018 and is not accepting enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year.

109 Church St
Plantsville, CT 06479

RSCO 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

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Saint Paul Catholic School

"At Saint Paul School, we offer a traditional academic program combined with the development of 21st Century skills in problem solving, communication, and information technology...At the preschool level, we have extended our preschool hours to include full day programs for both three and four year old children. Our four year old group is now included in our Superkids reading program that extends with consistency through grade two."

PreK 3-year-old through grade 8.

Excepting applications for the next school year starting October 1st.

461 Alling Street
Kensington ,

Phone: 860-828-4343

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SCCYMCA Nursery School

A part-day nursery school program for age 3 to 5. The YMCA also offers full day care for children age 3-5 at the YMCA Learning Center. The Care4Kids childcare subsidy is accepted.

Chrissy Cassesse, Director of Child Care, at or 203.272.3152 x510

29 High Street

Phone: 860-426-9542

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Scott Swamp KinderCare Farmington

KinderCare offers preschool, trusted part-time or full-time daycare, and educational before- or after-school programs.
They have an online application for information and a chat feature for after hours at
Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years
6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F

197 Scott Swamp Rd.

Phone: (860) 676-8298

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Southington HS Preschool Program

Part of the SHS class on early childhood.
The program was not run in 2022-2023. It is unclear if it will be offered in the fall of 2023.
Meets 3 mornings a week for ages 3-5.
Contact Erin Proctor at .

Southington HS., 720 Pleasant Street

Southington Public Schools and Integrated Preschool Program

The Southington Public School District has 8 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 1 high school and an alternative high school.
To determine which school your child will attend visit the school/street directory at

Their Southington Integrated Preschool program, which has approximately 50% typically developing children who serve as peer models for the students who require special education, meets at Wrinn Preschool Center at Hatton Elementary School (3 classrooms) and Strong Elementary School (1 classroom).
See more details and the current availability at


Phone: Registration, preschool and special ed: 860-628-3200 x10332

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St. Luke Catholic School

"St Luke Catholic School is a Christ centered, nurturing learning community that fosters Catholic faith based values in our students while achieving academic excellence."
Classes for Pre-K 3 through grade 5. Flexible schedule featuring full day & full week classes & part time options for Pre-K 3 and 4. Before & after school programs. Safe, nurturing environment & dedicated staff. NEASC Accredited.
Previously Southington Catholic School.

133 Bristol St
Southington, Connecticut 06489

Phone: 860-628-2485

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Village Green Nursery School

Registration for the following fall opens in January. Currently full with a waiting list.

The 3-year-old program is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 12:00. Class size is limited to 14/16 children.
The 4-year-old program is on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00-12:00. Class size is limited to 14/18 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 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.

They accept the CT Care4Kids childcare subsidy for working parents and have limited scholarships.

37 Main St
Southington, CT 06489

Phone: 860-628-6958

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Wallingford Family YMCA

The Wallingford Family YMCA offers a variety of programs at two campuses.

The YMCA Learning Community at Choate, formerly known as Tot Time, was founded by the Wallingford Family YMCA in 1989. It is located in the Bronfman building and accommodates 80 full-time children. The preschool serves as a laboratory for Choate students taking child development courses. YLC at Choate is open Monday-Friday from 7:00AM-6:00PM.

The YMCA Learning Community at Masonicare is located in the former Child Development Center on the Masonicare Health Center campus. The center is designed to provide care for 49 full-time children and is nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Children are involved in an intergenerational program with residents of Masonicare Health Center and Masonicare at Ashlar Village. YLC at Masonicare is open Monday-Friday from 6:30AM-5:30PM

Care 4 Kids is accepted.

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Zion Lutheran Nursery School

​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.

531 Woodruff St
Southington, CT 06489

Phone: 860-628-6007

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