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Neighborhood Preschool

115 High St
Middletown, CT 06457-3713

(860) 346-4333


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We believe that every child is unique, and that each one should be allowed to take an individual, active role in the process of learning. We believe that nurturing confidence, curiosity, and cooperative relationships with both peers and adults is as important as guiding cognitive skills, and that children who are healthy emotionally are best prepared for later schooling.
NPS promotes cultural, racial, religious, and socioeconomic diversity within its community, and encourages teachers to celebrate that diversity. We also welcome parents to participate in the program at any time, and hope that many will choose to visit and share their varied talents and cultural traditions with the children.
The special connection between parent and child is strong and precious, and we intend to promote it. Parents' wishes for their child's care are always solicited, and will be respected whenever possible within the policies of the school. The staff at NPS serves as a support to parents, not a replacement of them
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"8:00–9:00 Arrivals: focuses on getting the day started well, with attention for each family and
child; help with adjusting to separation.
9:00–10:00 Independent play with access to small and gross motor areas, dramatic play, art
materials, building, etc. as well as a hands on project (arts and crafts, nature objects,
puppets, etc.)
10:00–10:30 Clean up and snack time. Children have assigned tasks on rotation to help with
napkins, hand washing, and so on.
10:30–11:00 Circle time. Group sharing, show and tell, song or game, story, conversation about a
specific theme when appropriate (what friendship means, the weather and seasons,
etc.) All designed to foster language development, listening skills, self awareness,
and group identity.
11:00–12:00 Outside time in the fenced playground or a walk.
12:00–12:30 Wash hands and lunch.
12:30–1:00 Transition time.
1:00–2:00 Nap/Rest time. Those children who sleep will be allowed to finish their naps.
2:00–3:00 Independent play and snack.
3:00–5:00 Self-directed quiet activities with adult help as needed (reading, listening to a
record, puzzles, puppets, clay, drawing, etc.) with the intention of helping the child
unwind at the end of a busy day."
Excerpted from the preschool's website