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Women's League Inc. Child Development Center

1695 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06120

(860) 524-5969


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We follow the Creative Curriculum and NAEYC/CT Framework.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Writing center and library area
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Counting manipulatives, graphs and sorting materials
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Discovery center with collections, insects, magnets, exploratory materials, magnifying glasses, twisers, flashlights etc..
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • CD players, scarves
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught We also include cooking and building computer skills.

From the Director:

We follow the Creative Curriculum witn CT framework and NAEYC standards.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our teachers implement Creative Curriculum to assess children development and learning on a scale starting at forerunner to step four. Teachers plan for each child individualy and in small groups to help children move from one level to the next. Our center also involves each parent by working together on filling out the Ages and Stages questionnaire from which we can identify any special needs or concerns in order that early intervention can be provided to prevent further delays.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Dynamically balancing tradition with innovation, at Women's League Child development Center learning and love come together. We believe that every child deserves the best care and education. We believe that socioeconimics cannot be allowed to present a barrier to opportunity. We believe that families and community have the right and responsibility to be engaged in our program and that,together, we can provide the enhancing experiences that prepare children for success in school and in life. We believe children love to learn and learn to love, when given the chance.

A Typical Day

We serve infants, toddlers, three's and four's through transition to kindergarten. Here is a sample of a three and four year old classroom's day:
7:00-8:50 Arrival/Breakfast and Choice
(all areas).
8:50-9:00 Clean up/Toileting
9:00-9:15 Morning Meeting
9:15- 10:05 Choice/Small Group-all areas are
are open Sand/Water, Writing/
Library, Dramatic/Block,Art/
Discovery, Manipulatives,Cooking
10:05-10:15 Clean up/Toileting
10:15-11:15 Physical Activities,Outdoor play,
walks,Large Motor, Music and
11:15-11:30 Story
11:30-12:30 Lunch/Toileting
12:30-2:30 Rest /quiet time
2:30-3:00 Toileting/snack
3:00-3:15 Story
3:15-4:15 Physical Activities- Outdoor play,
Large Motor, Music and
4:15-4:45 Choice (all areas)
4:45- 5:00 Clean-up/Toileting and Home

Center has planned field trips, walks in the neighborhood and story time at the library.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We believe very strongly that parents play a critical role in children's early childhood education. Womens League provides many venues for communication and expects parents to be responsive, contributing and supportive. These include: daily reports with a bridge to home activities, family news letters, family conferences and daily contact upon drop off and pickup. Special events include open house, new parent orientation, classroom visits, raising readers and circle of parents/family involvement committee. As part of our governance


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

All of our teachers are sensitive to the child's feelings regarding their separations from their parent. Teachers encourage parents to bring in a photo that the child can hold or go back to to look at. We encourage the parent to come earlier at the beginning to be able to spend extra time with their child and welcome calls to the child during the day.