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Brookdale Nursery School

20 Brookdale Rd
Stamford, CT 06903

(203) 329-9945


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For over 30 years Brookdale has served the Stamford community. It offers an academic structured environment that is conducive to growth and learning for two, three and four year olds. The country setting creates a calm atmosphere where children can explore and grow together.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Established in 1974, Brookdale Nursery School serves as an ideal medium for a child's emotional transition from home to the outside world. Brookdale serves a very diverse population and believes that each child is a unique and very special person that can and should be educated to the extent that they are able and willing to learn, while enthusiasm and interest are keenest. Our program of activities is designed to encourage an attitude of learning while the satisfaction of achievement is experienced. Each child is an active participant and grows holistically in all phases of development -physically, socially and mentally-toward the goal of becoming adjusted, productive and responsible. Whatever their needs, a child can only benefit from a good nursery school experience. Under the guidance of patient, concerned and sympathetic teachers, he/she will learn to adjust to others. Observing somewhat formal and structured classroom atmospheres, the children are encouraged to develop an extended attention span, listening skills, cooperation and participation. These are essential to reading readiness. During play periods, children gradually comprehend what sharing means. Taking turns on the slide or vehicles is a way of life. In this manner, respect for the individual is emphasized. In all situations, self-control becomes important for maturity, thus developing physical maturation. Children are encouraged to care for themselves to achieve a sense of responsibility and self-reliance for their physical welfare. The learning process is a continuous one. Information is collected constantly through all the senses and registered in the brain. Therefore, the environment a child is in is of utmost importance in determining their growth and development.

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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
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

From the Director:

Taking advantage of both child and teacher initiated learning opportunities as they are presented is a very important part of the day.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

There are many opportunities during the day to give the special attention that every child needs. Whether it is communication or physical needs, the teachers make every effort to reach each child in some way.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

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