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The School for Young Children atSaint Joseph College

238 Steele Road
West Hartford, CT 06117-2791

(860) 231-5560


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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers carry a bachelors or masters degree in early childhood education.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The School for Young Children provides two years of high quality preschool experience for young children prior to their age of Kindergarten eligibility as defined by the State of Connecticut.
The School maintains a set of core values about how young children learn and how they deserve to be treated. We understand that children view the world very differently from adults. Our staff and teachers embrace and nurture the unique perspectives of young minds.
Children are treated with respect and the understanding that they are capable decision-makers. Their ideas are taken seriously, and teachers give children the opportunity to work through problems, projects, and conflicts independently. Teachers are available to support and facilitate children's activities and communication with peers."

Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The school has a large and active parent organization.