The Children’s Center opened its doors in September 1971, beginning with only a handful of children in a donated space & a budget of only a few thousand dollars. Since then, the Center has grown into a model of quality early childhood education serving over 100 children every year for over 50 years, and receiving NAEYC accreditation along the way!
We are grateful to St. John’s Church for providing us a home in our early years. From our location in the center of town, we learned how rich an experience it can be to have the whole town as your classroom. In 1980, The Children’s Center bought the large Tudor building on Aspetuck Avenue, the former home of our founder, Dr. Barbara Hamlin. With nearly an acre of land, we were able to expand our building and programs, allowing us to enroll over 70 children a year without losing the warm feeling of the original home.
Compliance with health and safety standards is essential for the well-being of the children entrusted to our care. As such, The Children’s Center meets or exceeds all the guidelines required by the Connecticut State Department of Health.
Using the Connecticut Preschool Curricular Goals & Benchmarks and Connecticut’s Guidelines for the Development of Infant & Toddler Early Learning as a framework; teachers plan curricular goals and monthly lesson plans that address Cognitive Development, Personal & Social Development, Creative Expression/Aesthetic Development, Physical Development, and Language Development & Communication.
Daily activities encourage children to master self-help skills and provide opportunities to observe, perceive, explore, investigate, imagine, laugh, persist, and problem solve! Our Intentional Teaching practices emphasize balance: active & quiet times, indoor & outdoor activity, large & small groups, and structured & unstructured play. We recognize the value of play, as it affects learning in curriculum areas such as: math, science, language, literacy, creative expression, & motor skills.
The Children’s Center was the 1st preschool in Connecticut to receive National Accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the professional organization that sets the gold standard for preschools. We received scores of 100% on all ten of the NAEYC standards in a recent Accreditation renewal review. NAEYC programs are nationally recognized for their commitment to excellence in early childcare education through providing a safe and healthy environment, well trained teachers, excellent teaching materials, an appropriately challenging & developmentally sound curriculum. Though challenging to achieve, we’ve maintained our NAEYC accreditation since 1986!
Our brilliant location gives us the benefit of being within walking distance of the town green. Our children develop a deep sense of connection to the community through our many walking trips to: New Milford Library, The Senior Center, Canterbury School, Young’s Field, & other local businesses!
At The Children’s Center, we are sure to provide extra-curricular activities and additional enrichment to ensure the best quality care and education for all of our children here. Such enrichment includes: Music & Yoga classes bi-weekly taught by specialists, lovely apple picking trips to Averill Farms, pumpkin picking trips to local farms, art adventures offered in partnership with The Village Center for the Arts, and vision screenings available for all kids.
Here at The Children’s Center, we prioritize the children, not profit. For those families who need assistance with costs, we offer a sliding scale fee that begins at $8/$9 a week for all of our available programs. Please contact us with any questions or further inquiries!