2021 Greenwich Preschool Guide - Greenwich Moms

Thank you to our sponsor, Betteridge!

The groundwork for successful experiences in the education system is largely established before Kindergarten even starts. Choosing the right school for our children is a big decision and we know that it can feel overwhelming. As you consider the learning environment, teaching style and school philosophies that best suit your child, Greenwich Moms has all of the information and resources all in one place.

The 2021 Greenwich Preschool Guide, sponsored by Betteridge, is a list of preschools in Greenwich and the surrounding areas that includes what each school offers and when to attend an Open House so that you can ask questions and take an in person or virtual look.

Scroll down to take a look!

Bright Horizons


Bright Horizons at Greenwich, located at 75 Holly Hill Lane, is a new child care center offering infant – pre-kindergarten programs.

Highlights include:

  • Inviting classroom environments that stimulate interests and support developing skills
  • Research-based curriculum that meets children where they are developmentally and builds confidence and excitement about learning
  • Year-round program, operating Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Indoor gross motor room and large outdoor playground for daily physical activity
  • An app that allows you to communicate directly with your child’s teacher

Ages Infant – Pre-K
(203) 412-1800
[email protected]
Visit the website here for more information.

Schedule a visit and secure your enrollment today by calling: 203-413-1800.

Chabad Gan of Greenwich Preschool


At  Chabad Gan of Greenwich Preschool your child is offered a comprehensive curriculum that includes reading readiness, concepts in numbers, science investigations, social studies, music and movement and art experiences. In addition, we expose the children to a rich and meaningful Jewish Program consisting of holidays, traditions and the Hebrew alphabet and language. We teach our curriculum through developmentally appropriate activities and creative play. Welcoming children ages 18 months – 5 years, the Gan of Greenwich Preschool offers families a warm and loving environment, where their children are guided through the beginnings of the educational process.

Ages 18 Months – 5 Years
(203) 629-9059
[email protected]
Visit the website here for more information.

Virtual Open House is on Sunday, December 12, at 8 pm.
For more information, contact Maryashie Deren at [email protected]

The Children’s School


When it comes to education, The Children’s School celebrates the adage: Don’t save the best for last. Decades of research have proven the early years are the most important in a child’s entire education. More than middle school, high school and college? Yes. Because the period from birth to age 8 is when a foundation for life is created. Deep curiosity. Interests. Passions. Skills. Confidence. Respect for others, oneself and the natural world. Put those together, and it adds up to good habits of heart and mind for a lifetime. That is why we at The Children’s School have focused on early childhood education for 56 years, with a clear mission—nurturing good habits of heart and mind through an individualized learning program and unsurpassed teaching talent. Head of School Maureen Murphy explains, “In that time, we have melded the very best thinking about children’s astonishing capacity to learn with five decades of working with children ourselves.” That expertise means that each student is known and supported in our classrooms, courtesy of a 6-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio. Every student has a learning program designed expressly for them, with careful monitoring and record keeping that allow for swift adjustments if necessary at The Children’s School. It also means your child is immersed in a curriculum rich in music, art, science, movement, technology, books and more books, and a suite of learning materials that beckon children to play, which, as we know, is the basis of all learning for children. Our five-acre sustainable campus and state-of-the-art building and Art Barn enfold students in the wonders of discovering the world and self-expression.

Ages 3 – 8
(203) 329-8815
[email protected]
Visit the website here for more information!

Open House: November 5, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Contact The Children’s School to arrange a private tour.
Enjoy a glimpse into the school and philosophies here.

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. A Reggio-inspired program for children ages 2-5, our large outdoor campus and spacious classrooms offer beautiful and engaging environments for meaningful play and learning.

Ages 2 – 5
(203) 869-5334
[email protected]
Visit the website here for more information.

We are currently taking applications for the 2022-23 school year.
Call, email or visit our website to schedule a private tour.

CP Kids


CP Kids is a place for young children to learn through play and actively develop their language, cognitive, social/emotional, and motor skills. Children are given concrete experiences to encourage them to interact with the world around them and explore new ideas and materials. An integrated curriculum is utilized to reinforce themes and understanding. The CP Kids toddler and preschool children participate in several extracurricular activities each week. These activities bring them into the Chelsea Piers facility daily and allow them to exercise their bodies so that their minds are ready to learn!

  • Multi-Sport Classes

  • Creative Movement

  • Music Class

  • Spanish Class

Ages 3 Months – 5 Years
(203) 989-1900
[email protected]
Visit the website here for more information.

Please visit our website or email Nina Clark and Madeline Kondub, our Director and Assistant Director at [email protected], or call 203.989.1900 for more information!

Easton Country Day School Preschool + Daycare: Little Phoenix


Little Phoenix offers a comprehensive early childhood program providing exceptional, affordable care to children aged 6 weeks through 6 years. Our programming incorporates CT Early Learning and Developmental Standards with an emphasis on modeling/teaching respect for self, the environment, and others. We offer a curriculum rich with fun and exciting hands-on experiences. The atmosphere here is safe and caring; we nurture each child’s ability to learn through play with a variety of developmentally appropriate activities in and outside of the classroom. Our goal is to encourage independence, individuality, creativity, and a positive self-image for every child in our care.

Ages 6 Weeks – 6 Years
(203) 268-5073
Visit the website here for more information.

For more information, please call (203) 268-5073.

First Presbyterian Church Nursery School


First Presbyterian Church Nursery School, serving ages 2 – 5 since 1957, has teachers who are passionate about inspiring your children! They value their community of joyful children, nurturing teachers and supportive families. First Presby has a rolling admissions process and enrolls children on a first come, first served basis beginning October 15, 2021.  

Complete an application HERE 

Ages 2 – 5
(203) 869-7782
[email protected]
Visit the website here for more information.

Learn more at the Virtual Open House on October 14th at 7pm!
Come see for yourself that First Presby is a truly loving and nurturing place to learn.
Sign up for the Open House HERE

German International School New York


Open a world of opportunities for your child with a distinctive bilingual education and a curriculum that emphasizes the sciences. For over 40 years, German International School New York (GISNY), an independent Pre-K through Grade 12 college preparatory program, cultivates students to develop into curious, analytical, and conscientious global citizens. Our Pre-K and Kindergarten programs offer a bright, spacious, and nurturing environment, and with our Nature-Based Early Childhood Educational program our students enjoy most of their school day outdoors exploring, learning, and playing on our beautiful 20-acre campus. Children entering our Pre-K or Kindergarten programs are not required to speak or understand German and build the foundation of being bilingual by first grade. All nationalities are welcome! 

(914) 948-6513
[email protected]
Visit the website here for more information.

Learn more about our wonderful programs and register for our next Virtual Open House or schedule a private Outdoor Campus tour GISNY.org/admissions.

Greenwich Catholic School


Greenwich Catholic School’s Pre K Program at The Dougherty Center for Early Learning is unique in many  ways. Our curriculum fosters all areas of a child’s development. We balance small and large group learning, structured and independent activities, small and large motor play as well as quiet time. Our preschool children are fully  integrated in our school family. They take part in many of GCS’s enrichment classes such as gym, music, foreign language, art, and library. We use effective teaching approaches that are also developmentally, culturally and linguistically appropriate for young children. Children come to GCS to become independent, self confident learners.

(203) 869-4000
Visit the website here for more information.

Winter Open House, January 30 at 1pm, Register HERE

Greenwich Christian Preschool


Greenwich Christian Preschool is nestled on a beautiful four acre campus in Cos Cob. We offer a nurturing environment for children to grow socially and academically. We offer classes for ages 2-5 with a fully dedicated bridge program to prepare your child for Kindergarten. Call us today for a tour of our beautiful campus. We look forward to meeting you.

Ages 2 – 5
(203) 869-8199
[email protected]
Visit the website here for more information.

Open Enrollment Begins October 15th.

King School

King School sets a better standard for education. Students in grades PreK through 12 engage in an expansive curriculum focused on student-driven inquiry and experiential learning. Our teaching methodology is guided by educational best practices and focused on strong relationships with faculty — creating a foundation for courageous thinking. We open minds and encourage lifelong curiosity. Within our project-based Reggio-Emilia inspired program, we encourage our PreKindergarten, starting age 3, and Kindergarten learners to collaboratively explore intentionally created vibrant classrooms where children are actively engaged in the process of learning from the earliest ages. We value diversity and are inspired by our different backgrounds, perspectives, and lived experiences. Our students chart their own path and arrive at the nation’s top colleges confident, prepared, and ready to make an impact. King graduates are better prepared to better the world.

(203) 322-3496
[email protected]
Visit the website here for more information.

Learn more at our upcoming admission events HERE including our Lower School Open House on November 7.

Little Friends


Little Friends is an independent, year-round early childhood program for children from infancy through pre-kindergarten. Their play-based, child-centered program fosters children’s individual development within a warm, nurturing and happy community. Our curriculum incorporates music, art, language, literacy, active play, pro-social, and self-help skills development. Our classroom plans are developmentally appropriate to foster creativity, curiosity and confidence in our Little Friends. We are private and family owned early childhood program, proudly offering excellence in Early Childhood care and education since 2006.​ We welcome children from 6 weeks to 5 years old. We are a 12 month program and are open Monday – Friday 6:30 AM – 6:30 PM.

Ages Infant – Pre-K
[email protected]
Visit the website here for more information.

Contact us at [email protected] or 203-861-6549 for more information. 

The Long Ridge School


With a unique focus on nursery and elementary education, The Long Ridge School is a warm, joyful environment where students excel through progressive, inquiry-based, personalized learning. When you visit our expansive, idyllic campus, you’ll find an inclusive community, where teachers, students, and parents of all backgrounds work together to guide children toward becoming compassionate global citizens. Teachers at the Long Ridge School nurture each child’s strengths and interests—instilling confidence and leadership skills; fostering academic, social, and emotional development; and collaboratively building for each student the foundation for a fulfilling future.

Age 2 – Grade 5
(203) 322-7693
[email protected]
Visit the website here for more information!

“Affording an Independent School Education: Demystifying the Financial Aid Process”
a Webinar Sponsored by The Long Ridge School: October 21, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Register here!
Email [email protected] or call (203) 322-7693 to set up an in-person Campus tour.

Putnam Indian Field School


Putnam Indian Field School’s mission is to inspire confidence, curiosity, creativity and a sense of community in every child we teach. PIFS is an independent, co-educational preschool for toddlers through prekindergarten. Putnam Indian Field School has been the premier early childhood program in the Greenwich area for more than 40 years. Rooted in a play-based, Reggio Emilia-inspired approach, it provides children with an outstanding first school experience and a love of learning.

Ages 2 – 5
[email protected]
Visit the website here for more information.

Open House on  Thursday, October 14th from 5:30 – 7:00pm
By appointment – RSVP: [email protected]

The Preschool at Second Congregational Church


The Preschool is an independent, non-sectarian preschool for children ages 2 through 5 (which includes a dedicated 5’s program) centrally located on 5 acres in Greenwich.  For 25 years the Preschool’s mission has been to provide a warm and creative atmosphere to foster young children’s social, emotional and intellectual growth through child-centered curriculum.  We offer additional lunch and enrichment programs to extend your child’s day.

Ages 2 – 5
(203) 869-8388
[email protected]
Visit the website here for more information.

We are currently enrolling for the 2022-23 school year.
Please call Anna Gruseke at 203-869-8388 to schedule a private tour of our campus and classrooms.
Come see what makes us different!

Round Hill Nursery School


Round Hill Nursery School is an independent nursery school located in the backcountry of Greenwich for over 70 years, offering a comprehensive learning experience for toddlers through Pre-K. The curriculum at Round Hill Nursery School offers children experiences which encourage growth in social, physical, cognitive and creative areas.

Ages Toddlers – Pre-K
(203) 869-4910
[email protected]
Visit the website here for more information.

Will allow parents to meet Director, Catherine Neiswonger, as well as current parents/board members
November 4th: In-person, 7-8pm.
November 9th: Virtual, 7-8pm.

Registration: [email protected]

Rye Country Day School


Rye Country Day School is a Pre-K through Grade 12 co-educational, college preparatory school serving 900+ students from Westchester and Fairfield Counties and New York City. Providing an excellent education using both traditional and innovative approaches, RCDS offers a challenging program that stimulates individuals to achieve their maximum potential through academic, athletic, creative, and social endeavors. The School promotes moral responsibility and strength of character within a respectful, diverse, and nurturing learning community. Rye Country Day students are engaged, passionate learners, who exemplify the School’s commitment to teaching empathy, critical thinking, active citizenship, and service. The RCDS motto, Not for Self, but for Service, guides teachers, students, and families and stresses the core belief in the potential of each individual to have a positive, lasting impact. 

Visit the website here for more information!

Prospective families are invited to attend one of these upcoming virtual Open House events to meet administrators and faculty, hear from students, and learn more about the RCDS community.
Lower School (Pre-K – Grade 4): Sunday, 10/17, at 12 p.m.

Sacred Heart Greenwich


The mission of the Barat Center for Early Childhood Education at Sacred Heart Greenwich is to honor the young child through an appreciation of their developmental and transitional needs. The program provides rich learning experiences in phonological and phonemic awareness, emergent literacy, number sense, and fine and gross motor development. Sacred Heart Greenwich is highly committed to immersing children in the natural world by using outdoor classroom experiences that highlight concepts and skills. Additionally, Barat Center introduces them to enriching offerings, such as world languages, art, music, and technology.

For more information please visit, shgreenwich.org

October 14 Admission Tour Day Register HERE.

St. Saviour’s Church Nursery School


St. Saviour’s Church Nursery School is a place of exploration, inquiry, discovery, and joy. For nearly 50 years, we have been committed to knowing each child’s individual interests, strengths, and challenges in order to foster optimal intellectual, social, and emotional development. Through a literature-based curriculum focused on project-based experiences, we prepare our students to be confident problem-solvers, creative collaborators, and strong communicators––eager and well-equipped for a lifetime of learning. Our program is also committed to providing a safe environment for your child. A co-educational, independent preschool located in Old Greenwich, CT, St. Saviour’s offers part-day programs for two, three, four, and five-year-old children, and is accredited by the NAEYC.

Ages 2 – 5
(203) 698-1303
Visit the website here for more information.

Registration for families new to the school will begin in late October. Beginning October 15th, please contact us HERE for a link to our Virtual Tour and Program Application. 

Temple Sholom Selma Maisel Nursery School


Temple Sholom Selma Maisel Nursery School (SMNS) offers a one-of-a-kind educational experience for families with children as young as six weeks old through pre-school, with both full/part-day options available. Children enjoy hands-on learning in the STEAM Lab, Gymnastics Studio, Animal Discovery Room, Recycling Makerspace and unique outdoor play areas. Their teachers and staff are experienced and professional, and support an individualized approach to education and care. While guided by Jewish values, SMNS welcomes families of all faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds.

Ages 6 Weeks – Preschool
(203) 622-8121
[email protected]
Visit the website here for more information.

To schedule a private or virtual tour, or to learn about Temple-wide programming for young families
Contact David Cohen, Director of Schools, at 203-622-8121 or [email protected]

Sound Beach Day School


Sound Beach Day School is a private progressive program influenced by the Reggio Emilia and Project Approach Philosophies of teaching. They educate children from 20 months to 5-years old, offering half and full-day programs. Class size is small to enable project-based and individualized learning experience taught by a highly educated staff.

Ages 20 months – 5 Years
(203) 569-7546
[email protected]
Visit the website here for more information.

Schedule a time to Visit Soundbeach HERE

St. Paul’s Day School


A Loving and Creative Environment: Beginnings through Be4k programs (early 2’s through 5) St. Paul’s Day School, a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES) welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds. They foster the growth and development of each child academically, socially and spiritually. They strive to encourage wonder, support self paced learning and instill a sense of community. They offer flexible extended day lunch programs and enrichments.

Ages 2 – 5
(203) 637-3503
[email protected]
Visit the website here for more information.

October 21st Open House for Beginnings and Two’s 7:00pm – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
October 26th Open House for all Ages 7:00pm – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Whitby Montessori Children’s House


Choosing the right school for your child is a big decision. Whitby is a co-educational independent school that provides educational continuity for children 18 months through Grade 8. The premier Whitby Montessori Children’s House program (with a 60+ year history) includes Stepping Stones for the youngest students and transitions to Primary for 3-5 years olds. WMCH and the highly-recognized International Baccalaureate (IB) program in Grades 1-8 form the foundation that empowers Whitby students to think creatively and critically, preparing them as life-long learners and global citizens. Whitby is located in Greenwich, Connecticut on a beautiful 30-acre campus.

Ages 18 Months – K
(203) 489-2537
Visit the website here for more information.

Schedule a private tour HERE!

YWCA Greenwich


With an international student body aged 15-months to 5-years old, the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Preschool Center provides a unique early learning experience that builds a strong platform for a life-long love of learning. Preschool students have the opportunity to participate in activities such as gymnastics, swimming and Spanish. YWCA Greenwich Preschool programs are licensed by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood and comply with regulation standards for health and safety. Financial aid is available for income-eligible families.

Ages 15 Months – 5 Years
(203) 869-6501
[email protected]
Visit the website here for more information.

Contact Geri Smiles for the Virtual Tour at 203-869-6501, ext. 221 or [email protected]

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