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Children's Community Development Center (CCDC)

90 Hillspoint Road
Westport, CT 06880

(203) 226-8033


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

All learning is informed by the assessments teachers conduct - informally and formally -- particularly through feedback from children and their families.

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

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  • Puzzles
  • Manipulative, blocks, sequencing, sorting materials
Time & space more

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

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

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  • Musical instruments
  • Music teacher, musical theatre
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
  • Physical Education Class, Naturalist Special
Other subjects taught Social, self-help and regulation of emotions.

From the Director:

Teachers are guided by the Connecticut Preschool Curriculum and Assessment Frameworks and the CT Guidelines for Infant and Toddler Learning and Development and the Creative Curriculum.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The curriculum is individualized and adapted to address the strengths and needs of every child. Staff make use of community resources, early intervention support and parent feedback in addition to assessment tools to assist children in reaching their full potential.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

CCDC believes that children learn in the context of warm and supportive relationships responsive to their emerging developmental competencies and individual dispositions. Each program offers challenging and achievable opportunities to learn.

A Typical Day

The program offers hands-on, experiential and active learning opportunities under the direction of caring, educated and experienced staff.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Families are asked to comment in writing about their children and the expectations and values they have with regard to their learning and development. In addition, parents are provided ongoing opportunities to provide input on their children and seek input from staff.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Children gradually increase their time in the program as parents decrease their time during the transition process. In addition, a meeting for parents in the evening is held during the first week of the new school year.