Preschools & Child Care Centers

The Fairfield Public Library is providing information as a public service on state licensed, group nursery schools and child care centers serving the town of Fairfield. Every effort is made to record the information accurately. Because we must rely on the participating organizations to update their information, no guarantees can be made that all information is correct. The posting of information is not an endorsement by the Library.  Please contact the school or center directly with any questions about the information presented below.

For more information about this database please contact Helene Murtha, Children’s Librarian, 203-256-3161, or hmurtha@fplct.org.


NAME OF SCHOOL:INFORMATION:DAYS , HOURS, & AGES: CHILD : TEACHER RATIO:ACTIVITIES & EQUIPMENT:UPDATED:
Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Program

356 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, CT 06825
PHONE: 203-870-8300
EMAIL: bbfairfield@bbecp.com
DIRECTOR'S NAME: Ridhita Gupta
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR'S NAME: Stacy Ruebenacker
DIRECTOR'S CREDENTIALS: Bachelor’s Degree + Early Childhood Credits
ASST. DIRECTOR'S CREDENTIALS: MaEd
LICENSED BY STATE OF CT: Yes
M-F: 7:00am - 6:30pm.
6 weeks to 6 years old.
Infants, Toddlers 4:1
Preschool 10:1
Bright Beginnings is dedicated to providing high quality, early childhood care and education to children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. Our program is designed to meet the needs of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in a safe and nurturing environment. We offer a program that supports and nurtures the growth of the individual child in each of the following areas: social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and creative. We provide and maintain classroom settings that are emotionally secure and supportive. Our learning environments are designed to foster independence and group activity. Bright Beginnings has 4 playgrounds, an Indoor Movement Zone, Art Studio.July 2017
Bright Futures Child Care Learning Center

919 Stillson Rd
Fairfield, CT
PHONE: 203-254-2952
EMAIL:
bfccfairfield@gmail.com
DIRECTOR: Jeff and Heather Dean, Owner and Operators since January 2003. DIRECTOR'S CREDENTIALS:
Co-Director, Heather Dean, Master’s Degree Elementary Education, Early Childhood Credits
Co-Director, Jeff Dean, Bachelor’s Degree + Early Childhood Credits
ALL STAFF are certified in Pediatric: 1st Aid & Safety, CPR, and Administration of Medication and attend continuing education courses throughout the year.
LICENSED BY THE STATE OF CT: Yes
M-F 7:00am - 5:30pm.
6 weeks to 3 years old.
3:1We are a small family owned and directed private school in Fairfield since 2003. We provide activities that encourage gross motor, fine motor, cognitive and social/emotional development through indoor and outdoor play for infants and toddlers. There are two classrooms complete with manipulative toys, blocks, and dramatic play areas, reading/writing areas and art areas. Children have opportunities for group and individual play with highly dedicated trained staff who are parents themselves. We rarely close for inclement weather, going outdoors twice daily, including neighborhood carriage walks and in warmer weather, children enjoy water play with sprinklers. July 2017
Child Development Center of Jewish Senior Services

4200 Park Ave
Bridgeport, CT

jseniors.org/services/day-services/child-care
PHONE: 203-396-1005
EMAIL: childdevelopment @jseniors.org
DIRECTOR: Maura Eustace. DIRECTOR'S CREDENTIALS: 13 years of experience in Early Childhood, CDA in Early Childhood, Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Member of NAEYC, Director’s Network, CT Head Teacher & Director, First Aid, CPR and AED certified.
LICENSED BY THE STATE OF CT: Yes, by Dept. of Early Childhood
M-F: 6:30 am - 6 pm.
6 weeks to 5 years old.
Infants 3:1
Toddlers 4:1
Preschool 8:1
Brand new sparkling facility. Enrichment programs of music, gymnastics/physical fitness (no additional charge for either.) Pizza Fridays (Center serves pizza on Fridays, no charge). Philosophy is learning through play. Children learn best by doing. Intergenerational program. In-house field trips (no charge) , learning center environments including art, blocks, dramatic play, music, science, math, writing, literature, language, indoor/outdoor games, playground, nature study, puzzles, etc.
August 2017
Child's Garden

100 Mona Terrace
Fairfield, CT

achildsgarden.net
PHONE: 203-259-1327
EMAIL: acgpreschool@aol.com
DIRECTOR: Michele Linane, CREDENTIALS: 23 years experience in Early Childhood, Associates Degree in Early Childhood, Directors Credential through the State of CT, First aid and CPR trained as well as trained in medication administration.
DIRECTOR: Lacy Gerardi, CREDENTIALS: Associates degree in early childhood, is CPR, first aid and med trained and has 11 years experience in early childhood.
LICENSED BY THE STATE OF CT: Yes
M-F: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM.
3 months to 5 years old.
Infant 3:1. Toddler 4:1.
Preschool 20:3.
4 yr olds: 20:2.
Arts and crafts, costumes, computers, day trips, filmstrips, free play, games, gross motor equipment, manipulative toys, music period, nature study, outdoor play, play apparatus, puppets, puzzles, rest period, snack, story hour, tape rec/players, video/film, family. Enrichment Programs available at an additional fee: Soccer, Tennis, gym on Wheels, Computer Tots and Language Classes.Sep 2017
Christ Church Nursery School

59 Church Rd
Easton, CT

ccnseaston.com
PHONE: 203-268-0792
EMAIL: dandaleibell@optonline.net
DIRECTOR: Ann Leibell. DIRECTOR'S CREDENTIALS: MS in Social Work; 15 Credits Early Childhood; pursuing CT Director's Credential at masters level.
LICENSED BY THE STATE OF CT: Yes
Sessions vary. Call for more information.
2 - 5 years old.

2's: 4:1.
3's: 11:2.
4's/5's: 13:3.
CCNS is small local nursery school located in a beautiful country setting with a large enclosed playground. Children learn through all aspects of play in a warm, family friendly atmosphere. CCNS bases it's curriculum on all the domains of the CT Dept. of Education's Preschool Assessment Framework and uses SmartBoard technology to enhance pre-writing, writing and math skills. A qualified, fun and caring staff work with each child to achieve school readiness and confidence. Arts & Crafts, costume/dress-up, field trips, free play, games, gross motor equip, manipulative toys, nature study, field trips, outdoor play(enclosed playground), play apparatus, puppets, puzzles, snack(children bring their own), story hour. Spanish and Music weekly, creative movement, special visitors, Smartboard, and science program.Jun 2016
Congregation B'nai Israel Bonim Preschool

2710 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT

cbibpt.org
PHONE: 203-335-5058

EMAIL: acohen@cbibpt.org
DIRECTOR: Alexa Cohen. DIRECTOR'S CREDENTIALS: BS in Psychology/Early childhood Education.
LICENSED BY THE STATE OF CT: Yes
Sessions vary. Call for more information.
Infant to 5 years old.
2's - 4/1.
3's - 6/1, 8/1.
4's - 6/1, 8/1.
Pre-K 8/1.
Transitional Kindergarten for 5 year olds.
Arts, costumes/dress-up, field trips, independent play, games, gross motor equipment, manipulative toys, music period, nature study, outdoor play, play apparatus, puppets, puzzles, snack, story hour.July 2017
Creative Minds Early Childhood Center

234 Greenfield Street
Fairfield, CT

creativemindecc.com
PHONE: 203-330-0790
EMAIL: creativeminds17@yahoo.com
LICENSED BY STATE OF CT: Yes
M-F 7am-6pm.
6 weeks to 5 years old.
Pre-K 10:1
Infant/Toddler: 4:1
Creative Minds offers the Creative Curriculum Teaching Strategies one of the top curriculum across the country, and a variety of activities and equipment for children. We have multiple equipment for gross motor skills and fine motor skills, hold free play, handheld computer for Pre-K, manipulative toys and blocks, a covered deck, five playgrounds, and we are surrounded by nature which allows us to experience natural science education, tricycles and more. Please come by and observe first hand what your child can do at CMECC!August 2017
Fairfield YMCA Preschool

841 Old Post Road
Fairfield, CT

cccymca.org
PHONE: 203-255-2834
EMAIL: kcossett@cccymca.org
DIRECTOR: Kimberly Cossett DIRECTOR'S CREDENTIALS: ECE degree, St of CT Head Teacher and CT Director’s Credential
LICENSED BY STATE OF CT: Yes
M-F: 9am-3pm
2 years to 5 years old.
Toddlers: 4:1
Preschoolers 10:1
Monday Library, Tuesday Art, Wednesday Swim, Thursday Gymnastics, Friday Music with Drum Teacher Mr. Kwame’Sep 2016
Great Beginnings Montessori School

148 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT

greatmontessori.com
PHONE: 203-254-8208
EMAIL: karenc@greatmontessori.com
DIRECTOR: Karen Cusanelli
DIRECTOR'S CREDENTIALS: BS in Psychology/Child Life, specialization in Applied Child Development; MS in Early Childhood Education with specialization in Montessori Education; Montessori Teaching Diplomas for children 0-3 years and 3-6 years.
LICENSED BY THE STATE OF CT: Yes, and American Montessori Society Affiliated.
Sessions & ages vary. Call for more information.Toddler: 4:1
Primary: 10:1.
GREAT BEGINNINGS Montessori School was founded in 1996. The Montessori philosophy and curriculum prepares students to fulfill their developmental potential and become independent, self-confident learners. Each classroom has a full complement of Montessori materials and is led by a credentialed Montessori teacher. All the programs also include fine and gross motor equipment, manipulative toys, outdoor playground, Music and Spanish instruction, nature study, arts and crafts, cultural presentations and in-house field trips, puzzles, games and free play. August 2017
Greenfield Hill Church Nursery School

1045 Old Academy Road
Fairfield, CT

greenfieldhillchurch.com
PHONE: 203-259-7597
EMAIL: nurseryschool @greenfieldhillchurch.com
DIRECTOR: Susan Rippey. DIRECTOR'S CREDENTIALS: B.S.degree in education, CT Director's Credential, 20+ years experience in ECE.
LICENSED BY THE STATE OF CT: Yes
Sessions & ages vary. Call for more information.3-5 yrs. 8:1Art, dramatic play, guided free play, manipulatives, block play, music and movement specialists, nature study, language and literacy activities, outdoor play, math and science activities.We are a peanut aware environment.August 2017
Harbor Light Preschool Academy

4670 Congress Street
Fairfield, CT

harborlightfoundation.org
PHONE: 203-319-8276
EMAIL: jencarden3@gmail.com
DIRECTOR: Jen Carden
Sessions & ages vary. Call for more information.April 2017
Hill Farm Preschool

160 Hill Farm Rd
Fairfield, CT

hillfarmpreschool.com
PHONE: 203-292-9533
EMAIL: hillfarmpreschool@yahoo.com
DIRECTOR: Kathy Barnes DIRECTOR'S CREDENTIALS: Owner/Director with over 20 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood
LICENSED BY STATE OF CT: Yes
Sessions & ages vary. Call for more information.2's 4:1
3's 6:1
4's 7:1
5's 6:1
Hill Farm Preschool offers a balance of play and academics in a warm, nurturing environment. We offer small teacher:child ratios which allows for individualized attention. Beautiful country setting in the Greenfield Hill section of Fairfield.
July 2017
Hunt Ridge Montessori School

834 Brookside Drive
Fairfield, CT

huntridgemontessori.com
PHONE: 203-254-1159
EMAIL: huntridgemontessorischool@gmail.com
DIRECTOR: Kathleen R. Zwahlen. DIRECTOR'S CREDENTIALS: B.A. Elementary. M.A. AMI Montessori Education, 35 years of teaching.
LICENSED BY THE STATE OF CT: Yes
Sessions & ages vary Call for more information.2.9 - 6 yrs. 8:1The Hunt Ridge Montessori School, founded in 1983, is celebrating more than 35 years of the finest Montessori education for the families if Fairfield and the surrounding communities. While our primary focus is to offer each child a Montessori education, we also include arts and crafts, free play, gross and fine-motor materials, nature study and outdoor play on our new child-sized playground and 10 acres of open fields. The children also participate in French class, Suzuki music class and Creative Movement each week. We look forward to welcoming you and your child to The Hunt Ridge Montessori School.August 2017
K'tanim Preschool at Congregation Beth El

1200 Fairfield Woods Road
Fairfield, CT

congbethel.net
PHONE: 203-374-5544
EMAIL: sheiladmay@yahoo.com
DIRECTOR: Sheila May. DIRECTOR'S CREDENTIALS: BS - Elementary Ed & Early Childhood Ed, MS - Special ED.
LICENSED BY THE STATE OF CT: Yes
Sessions & ages vary. Call for more information.2's 4:1
3's 5:1
4's 5:1
Arts and crafts, costumes/dress up, day trips, free play, games, gross motor equipment, manipulative toys, music period, nature study, outdoor play, play apparatus, puppets, puzzles, rest period, snack, story hour, tape rec/players.July 2017
Methodist Nursery School

1089 Fairfield Woods Road
Fairfield, CT

methodist-ns.com
PHONE: 203-374-6548
EMAIL: methodistmns@sbcglobal.net
DIRECTOR: Kathy Gilbert. DIRECTOR'S CREDENTIALS: Master's in Teaching & Curriculum from Columbia University Teachers College and CT Director's Credential. Head Teacher designation.
LICENSED BY THE STATE OF CT: Yes
Sessions vary. Call for more information.
2 - 5 years old.
2s: 4:1.
3s: 7:1
4s/PreK: 10:1
Arts, dramataic play, tactile experiences, story/literacy experiences, songs and finger plays, outdoor play, music and movement, science and exploration, cooking, field trips, pro-active approach to conflict resolution, snack.August 2017
Nonna and Pop Group Day Care L.L.C.

3173 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, CT
PHONE: 203-650-9303
EMAIL: afrizzetta@sbcglobal.net
DIRECTORS: Francesco and TiAnna Danieri Directors/Operator since 2010. DIRECTOR'S CREDENTIALS: Associate Degree in Early Childhood, Credits for Designated Head teacher. We attend continuing education courses throughout the year, recommended by the State of CT.
We have on call if needed, R.N., Social Worker, Dentist...
30+ years in health care. First Aid & CPR certified, and administration of medicine certified.
LICENSED BY THE STATE OF CT: Yes
M-F: 7am - 6pm.
6 weeks to 5 years old.
6:1Arts and crafts, free play, games, music period, outdoor play, puzzles, rest period, snack, story hour, tape rec/players, video, gross motor equipment, manipulative toys, nature study. Food & drink to be supplied by parent/caregiver.July 2017
Presbyterian Nursery School

2475 Easton Turnpike
Fairfield, CT

Presbynurseryschool.org
PHONE: 203-372-0855
EMAIL: presbykids@gmail.com
DIRECTOR: Julia Spelman. DIRECTOR'S CREDENTIALS: BA Speech Language Pathology/audiology,
MA Speech Language Pathology, and Head Teacher Certification from the State of CT.
LICENSED BY THE STATE OF CT: Yes
Sessions & ages vary. Call for more information.8/1 in 3's.
9/1 in 4's/Pre-K.
Language rich curriculum, arts and crafts, play loft in each classroom, costumes, free play, games, gross motor and fine motor activities, manipulatives, music, graphing, sorting, simple science, science experiments, nature study, outdoor play, remodeled play ground, indoor gym and play apparatus, puppets, puzzles, story time, CD, tape & record players, video/dvd, movement and music classes and day trips and parental involvement.July 2017
Pumpkin Preschool, Inc

449 Grasmere Avenue
Fairfield, CT
15 Burr Rd
Westport, CT
100 Beard Sawmill Road
Shelton, CT

pumpkinpreschool.com
PHONE: 800-DAY-CARE
EMAIL: dp@pumpkinpreschool.com.
DIRECTOR: Kimberly Dorsey Slimak. EXEC. Director: Donnajean A. Pond.
DIRECTOR'S CREDENTIALS: Kimberly: BA, CDA, MA. Donnajean: A.S, B.S, and M.Ed.
LICENSED BY THE STATE OF CT: Yes, all locations
7AM to 6PM.
6 weeks to 4 years old.
toddler: 8:2
preschool: 10:2
Arts and crafts, computers, costumes, day trips, free play, games, gross motor equipment, manipulative toys, music period, nature study, outdoor play, play apparatus, puppets, puzzles, rest period, snack, story hour, tape rec/players, video/film, second lang. of Spanish or French, kindergarten readiness, dance class, monthly special events, and computer class.July 2017
Saint Paul's Nursery School 

661 Old Post Road
Fairfield, CT

stpaulsnurseryschool.net
PHONE: 203-255-1902
EMAIL: Directors @stpaulsnurseryschool.net
DIRECTOR: Margaret Ready. Assistant Director: Jeanne Bartko. DIRECTOR'S CREDENTIALS: B.S. Early Childhood and CT State Director's Credential.
LICENSED BY THE STATE OF CT: Yes
Sessions vary. Call for more information.
2 years old to pre-K.
2s: 4:1,
3s: 7:1,
4s: 8:1.
Scientific inquiry, math activities, creative art experiences, dramatic play, walking field trips, free play, games, gross motor play, manipulative toys, music period, movement class, nature study, outdoor play, play apparatus, puzzles, puppets, lunch, snack, story. Updated playground/outdoor classroom

Monthly music class (3’s, 4’s & Pre K), weekly movement class (4’s & Pre K), bi-weekly yoga and Spanish class (4’s & Pre K)
July 2017
Saugatuck Nursery School

245 Post Road East
Westport, CT

saugatucknurseryschool.org
PHONE: 203-226-9192
EMAIL: ellen.dehuff @saugatucknurseryschool.org
DIRECTOR: Ellen DeHuff. DIRECTOR'S CREDENTIALS: BA Psychology, CDA.
LICENSED BY THE STATE OF CT: Yes
Part-Time and Full Day Options (for 3's & 4's). Call for more information.5 day 4's 7:1.
3's: 8:1.
2's: 3:1.
Arts and crafts, weekly enrichment programs include music with Miss Emily, yoga with Miss Missy, Zumba with Miss Carrie. Science, monthly field trips, gross motor equipment, manipulative toys, sensory tables and water play, puppets, puzzles, listening center, cooking, story time, dramatic play all implemented in a developmentally appropriate way.July 2017
Southport Congregational Preschool and Toddler Program

524 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT

southportccpreschool.org
PHONE: 203-255-1312
EMAIL: scpreschool01@gmail.com
DIRECTOR: Barbara Kick Terrell. DIRECTOR'S CREDENTIALS: B.S.ED. + (four courses towards Masters)
LICENSED BY THE STATE OF CT: Yes
M-F, 9am - 12:30pm.
2 - 4 years old.
Toddler 4:1.
Preschool 9:1.
Arts and crafts, free play, games, gross motor equipment, manipulative toys, music period, nature study, outdoor play, play apparatus, puppets, puzzles, snack, story hour, weekly creative movements classes, monthly music classes and science classes for four year olds, field trips for three and four year olds.July 2017
Teddy Bear Corner, Inc

414 Greenfield Street
Fairfield, CT
435 Old Stratfield Road
Fairfield, CT
273 Villa Avenue
Fairfield, CT

TeddyBearCorner.com
PHONE: 203-330-0302
EMAIL: Dawn@TeddyBearCorner.com
DIRECTOR: Dawn Tagliavia-Deri DIRECTOR'S CREDENTIALS: Owner & Director since 1993, Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education, State of CT Head Teacher Certificate, certified Educational Consultant.
LICENSED BY STATE OF CT: Yes
M-F: 7:00-5:30pm.
6 weeks – 5 years old.
Infant/Toddler 4:1
Pre-K 8:1
Teddy Bear Corner provides a positive, home- like atmosphere where the principles of early childhood education are used to create age appropriate activities that reinforce a child’s natural curiosity and allow them to experience challenges and achievements, while bolstering his or her self-confidence. We believe that the best way for young children to learn is through play and exploration. Teachers coordinate a developmentally appropriate curriculum based on the interests and needs of the children as well as the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards while using “hands-on” activities and play to introduce the children to science, math, art, language, cooking, sensory, water play, music and movement. July 2017