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First Congregational Preschool, Inc.

62 Colony Street
Meriden, CT 06451

(203) 634-8886


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

The 4 year old classroom is project based, Reggio Emilia

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We consider our teachers highly qualified and are trained to ensure that all children receive the care and instruction that is needed to ensure they will be successful. A positive school experience is a primary goal for all children.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our aim is to promote the full development of children - socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually."

A Typical Day

We are a 2.5 hour program. For 3 year old classes, there are 2 days per week, 4 and 5 days per week in a state subsidized school readiness program.

Our schedule includes 1 hour of play time in which the teachers work with the children on an individual basis, there is also a group time which includes stories, fingerplays, felt boards. We are also cooperative, which means that most parents/families come in approximately one time per month to spend the day with their child and to bring snack. Snack is a shared snack in a group setting. All teachers sit with the children to facilitate conversation during snack.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Teachers are available each day at drop off and at pickup to discuss the day with the families. We send our monthly newsletters as well as daily classroom activities on the white board outside each classroom. All families are encouraged to call teachers at home, if necessary. We strive to ensure that communication between home and school is ongoing.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Separation anxiety is a real fear for young children. We make home visits before school begins and also hold an open house the week prior to the start of school. Parents must feel comfortable leaving their child with us, children are very sensitive to the feelings of their families. We believe that a comfortable parent/family member ensures a comfortable child. We handle each separation anxiety issue on an individual basis and work with the family to develop a plan that all will benefit from.