Preschools in Fairfield County, plus Day Care and Toddler Programs
Fairfield County parents have many options for educating their preschool-aged kids. This is our preschool education highlight page, with preschools linked below. If there is a preschool that we have missed in the list below, please email us to let us know. School administrators can add themselves to the list; just click here to see how to post your preschool. It's free, of course. Thank you!
View our 2020 Special Edition Fairfield County Preschool Newsletter!
Whitby SchoolAcademic Rigor, Redefined for the 21st Century
Schools that associate academic rigor with test taking, hours of homework and rote memorization of facts are preparing students for success in the last century. Rigor at Whitby is much more expansive as we provide our students with opportunities to explore real-world concepts and issues, challenge assumptions, think critically and acquire skills that they will need to apply throughout their educational and future professional journeys. A Whitby education is about allowing students to define success on their own terms by inspiring their love of learning, broadening their sense of responsibility, developing their critical thinking skills and empowering them to take action in a global community. These are the ideals that we value and they inform our teaching, learning and curriculum development each and every day.
The Long Ridge School
Founded in 1938, The Long Ridge School is an independent pre-school through elementary school serving children two years old through Grade 5 in North Stamford. The Long Ridge School is a diverse community where children experience the joy of learning in small groups taught by experienced, caring teachers. The curriculum provides challenging, theme-based, hands-on learning experiences. The program includes classes in science, art, music, physical education and Spanish. Children are respected as individuals with innate curiosity and valued for their uniqueness, ideas and talents. Transportation for Stamford and NY residents (within 15 miles). Before and After School Care Options.
When young learners see education as a place to experiment, create, construct, and connect, they develop a more expansive mindset about what “school” can offer them. They experience education as a path of discovery, understanding, wonder, and joy. These ideas are grounded in the Reggio-Emilia inspired, project-based teaching and learning practiced at King School. We encourage our PreKindergarten and Kindergarten learners to collaboratively explore intentionally created vibrant classroom spaces where children are actively engaged in the process of learning from the earliest ages.
Landmark Preschool - WestportCome Grow With Us!
Over 40 years of experience has taught us that children love to learn! Our program engages and inspires children while encouraging them to explore new concepts, using teaching methods designed for young children. Our goal is a happy, well-adjusted child and we dedicate ourselves to helping each child discover his or her intrinsic talents in a creative, stimulating and nurturing environment. We believe children are curious, capable, and ready to learn at an early age. At Landmark Preschool educators nurture the whole child beginning with helping children to learn important social skills, supporting emerging language, developing confidence and curiosity. Our programs and classrooms are tailored for children’s developmental needs.
Rippowam Cisqua School
Rippowam Cisqua School ignites learning in preschool students. Parents are drawn to RCS because of its unique ability to stretch, challenge, and lift young minds during the most impressionable years of their lives. Strong student/teacher relationships are supported by small class sizes, flexible learning spaces, and an immersive curriculum that integrates academics, arts, physical education, wellness, and innovation.
By cultivating their imagination through academic play, exploration, and discovery, students engage in joyful learning experiences that spark their intellectual curiosity and personal growth. With these essential tools and passion for learning, students become independent thinkers, confident communicators, and engaged leaders.
The Apple Blossom School and Family Center
The Apple Blossom School and Family Center is a Waldorf school specializing in ages birth-7 years. Our programs support the healthy development of the young child's multiple intelligences and physical growth by educating them through play, artistic activities, and language expansion with song, puppetry, and storytelling. Emphasis is on nurturing each child's natural sense of wonder, joy and comradeship for their fellow playmates, which allows for the full development of kindness, confidence, and mastery of skills needed in later academic settings. We offer Parent and Child classes from birth to 3 years, a flexible Nursery Program, mixed-age Kindergarten, summer programs, as well as Extended Care M-F until 4pm.
Education Station at The Italian Center of StamfordWhere Play Is Serious Learning
Our innovative early childhood education program provides young children with an opportunity to explore, discover, create and grow through play-based learning–all in a safe and secure environment.
Through our child-centered approach, our passionate teachers help foster creativity and the curious love for learning that is innate in all children. We believe in nurturing the whole child through social-emotional, cognitive and gross motor development.
Our welcoming center cultivates learning at every age while offering exceptional care. Located at the IC, our unique program features:
- Brand new state-of-the-art classrooms
- Swim Lessons
- Designated Gross Motor Room
- Wellness Programs
- Family Dinner Nights
- Special Events
and so much more!
The Unquowa School
At The Unquowa School our mission is to prepare our children with an unafraid spirit to achieve their personal best in a changing world. We emphasize learning by doing which develops students into strong, creative, independent thinkers.
Our signature early childhood program is inspired by the Scandinavian Forest Kindergarten Model. Recognizing that each child develops at a different pace, our new Transitional Kindergarten offers young children the gift of time. As a vibrant part of our PreK – 8th Grade school, this program includes all the hallmarks of an Unquowa education: Full STEAM Makerspace, Curricular Gardens & Environmental Science, Daily P.E., School-Wide Mindfulness Practice, World Language Classes, Farm-to-Fork Dining Program, Visual & Performing Arts.
Visit unquowa.org for more information!
Rye Country Day School
Rye Country Day School is a coeducational, college preparatory school dedicated to providing students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 with an excellent education using both traditional and innovative approaches. In a nurturing and supportive environment, we offer a challenging program that stimulates individuals to achieve their maximum potential through academic, athletic, creative, and social endeavors. We are actively committed to diversity. We expect and promote moral responsibility and strive to develop strength of character within a respectful school community. Our goal is to foster a lifelong passion for learning, understanding, and service in an ever-changing world.