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New Canaan Community Preschool

77 Old Norwalk Rd
New Canaan, CT 06840

(203) 966-3010


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Our main goals are to develop the whole child while providing developmentally appropriate experiences that will prepare the children for Kindergarten. We encourage individuality among our students, operating on the premise that a child's natural curiosity enables then to take ownership of their daily activities and become more invested in their learning. Our program allows children to make choices, predictions and think independently. Allowing children to become active learners is a gift that will be with them forever.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Intentional teaching involves an ongoing cycle of observation, assessment, planning and documentation. Children are involved in writing, measuring, reading, hypothesizing and discussing their project work. With each course of study, our teachers draw on their expertise in early childhood education to help students expand their knowledge base as it relates to the world.

To inspire and challenge each student, our teachers set individualized learning goals within the four domains of the Connecticut Performance Standards: Personal and Social Development, Physical Development, Cognitive Development and Language Development.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"At New Canaan Community Nursery School we believe that children learn through active exploration that takes place during their play. Our role is to provide children with developmentally appropriate experiences that will prepare them for kindergarten. Our center-based classrooms provide opportunities for children to make choices, learn to socialize, function in a group setting, and become independent and confident individuals.

With our highly educated staff, we strive to create a learning environment where the children can feel that they have ownership of their daily activities. Ownership of ones surroundings allows the children to become increasingly vested in their learning. Daily open-ended learning experiences promote the children�s ability to problem solve, negotiate, hypothesize, predict and think outside the box."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

9:00-9:30 Outside play
9:30-9:45 Morning Meeting
9:45-11:00 Discovery/Centers
11:00-11:30 Small group sessions (writing/math)
11:30-12:00 Outside play


Separation is Handled through:

  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Our teachers get the students out of the car in the drop off line. The children go immediately onto the playgorund with their friends. We have very few cases of separation anxiety. In the event that we do, we work very closely with the parent to facilitate a sucessful drop off.