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Shiny Little Stars Child Care Center

637 Newfield Ave
Stamford, CT 06905

(203) 569-9039


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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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
  • Maps
  • 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:

Shiny Little Stars is a place where children are encourage and supported to develop to their highest potential

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We base our child care provision and teaching on models which focus on developing the whole child, and base our learning program on what each individual child is able to do.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Shiny Little Stars values very individual: the child in our care, their families, and our educators. We strive to deliver outstanding quality services through out innovation and creativity.

One of the most important gifts we can give to every child that enters our door is a childhood filled with wonderful and rich experiences. We guide our children with love and understanding because every child is a unique genius. Research continually reminds us of the importance of the first years in our children’s life, the importance of Early Childhood Education; our programs and environments invite discovery and exploration, encourage creativity, develops a live long love of learning and gives each child the opportunity to became the best as he can be.

Shiny Little Stars believes in an environment of open communication, an environment committed to build reciprocal relationships with families and educators. Our job together is to love, support, and educate each child as he develops the skills necessary to build himself a bright future.

A Typical Day

7:30 – 9:30 Drop of time/ Breakfast time ( if brought from home)
9:30 – 10:00 Circle time
10:00 - 10:10 Bathroom & Hand Washing
10:30- 11:00 Outdoor play/ Art & Crafts/ Math & Science
11:00 – 11:15 Transition/ Bathroom & Hand Washing
11:15- 12:00 Outdoor play/ Art & Crafts/ Math & Science
12:00- 12:15 Story Time
12;15- 12:30 Transition/ Bathroom & Hand Washing
12:15 - 12:45 Lunch time
12:45- 1:00 Bathroom & Hand Washing
1:00 – 1:15 Story Time
1:15 – 3:30 Nap/Rest time
3:30 – 3:45 Story Time
3:45 – 4:00 Bathroom & Hand Washing
4:00- 4:15 P.M. Snack
4:15 – 5:15 Outdoor play/ Free Play
5:15 – 5:30 Clean-up & Dismissal
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Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Shiny Little Stars provides a daily report for children under 3 years of age, as well as pictures of children's activities. Parents of children 3-5 years of age receive a weekly curriculum outline along with children's pictures. The center follows CT Preschool Performers Standards and Benchmarks, and each child has an individual profile which parents are welcome at anytime during the school year to request a copy and a teacher conference to talk about their child's development.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on