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Educational Playcare

144 Simsbury Road
Avon, CT 06001

(860) 409-7051


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Educational Playcare was established in 1986 to provide full and part-time childcare and educational programs in Connecticut for children from 6 weeks to 12 years old. We are proud of our reputation as the provider of the highest-quality childcare, nursery school, and preschool programs for children that can be found anywhere. We've maintained our high standards with the quality control that comes from being small and owner operated. Despite our relatively small size, however, we are still able to offer all of the benefits of the large "corporate" child care centers and more! It has been our privilege to provide childcare services to thousands of families in Connecticut. In fact, some of our previous students have come back to work for us and help nurture the next generation!

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Today, the importance of positive childhood experiences, starting from infancy, and their relation to future success in life is universally understood. It wasn't so when we began in 1986. When we originally selected the name "Educational Playcare", it was because of our understanding of the importance of play in order for learning to take place. We also knew the importance of providing a nurturing, secure, joyful and stimulating environment. Children learn best through direct experience. We believe that this direct experience is best gained through play, for play is the work of children. It is through play that children develop concepts about themselves and the world around them. Our goal is to provide the ideal environment to support the "work" of children.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our mission is to provide the children in our care with the highest quality developmental programs, in a nurturing, safe and supportive environment and to facilitate and enrich the childcare experience of our families."

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Educational Playcare uses electronic media to provide you with state of the art communications. Each classroom has an iPad with a program called Tadpoles which enables teachers to create daily reports for every child, every day! These reports include information about daily activities, meals and snacks, diapering/toileting and more! Reports are automatically emailed to you when your child is signed out for the day. We also use our iPads to send pictures every day, and occasionally short videos, so you can stay connected throughout your child's day.

You can receive your pictures and reports anywhere that you can access your email. There’s even a mobile app available so that you can access it all from your smart phone! To find out more about the Tadpoles E-Communications system, please visit:

In addition to our daily communications, we regularly send out notices of special events at your school, parent teacher conferences, field trips, outside visitors ... and more. Finally, every month we send out curriculum summaries for each group with detailed information about what your child will be learning and doing that month.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up