New Canaan Nature Center Preschool

New Canaan Nature Center Preschool

THE PROGRAM
The New Canaan Nature Center Preschool provides the highest quality early childhood education environment that meets our children’s developmental needs. Our holistic curriculum utilizes nature, science, art, language and math on our 40-acre campus to build each child's foundation for life-long learning and success.

Imagine what your child will experience while learning in an outdoor classroom filled with ponds, woodlands and fields. Our unique program offers invaluable resources not to be found in any other early childhood education setting. Daily outdoor time coupled with guidance and encouragement from our highly qualified and experienced teachers and naturalists will help enhance all areas of your child’s development.

A NATURE CENTER EXPERIENCE
The Nature Center's naturalists visit classrooms regularly with animals and to lead seasonal activities

CLASSES FOR 3, 4 & 5 YEAR OLDS
Several age-based classes meet in the mornings. Extended days and lunch bunch are available and optional.

3 YEAR OLD JANUARY START
A program for younger and soon-to-be three year olds

Mommy, Me & Nature
A program for 18-36 month olds and a parent or caregiver.

ACCREDITATION
The New Canaan Nature Center Preschool is fully licensed and accredited by NAEYC.


New Canaan Nature Center Preschool

Preschool Curriculum.

Our preschool curriculum uses the cycles and seasons of nature to enhance learning. Nature is the perfect venue to integrate math, science and literacy skills in to our everyday activities in a fun and supportive way. Preschool teachers use an engaging curriculum to introduce the four key elements of early childhood learning and development: cognitive, creative, social, emotional and physical. Below are some of the topics that children learn about and experience in the classroom or out on our grounds.

Fall: Cider making, the autumn harvest, animal habitats

Winter: Snow science, animal tracking & hibernation, syrup making

Spring & Summer: Honeybees, gardening, pond life, chickens & eggs

The New Canaan Nature Center's nature preserve is your child's classroom and playground. We believe children learn best through play and opportunities for meaningful, concrete experiences. Nature as the venue is the best the world can offer these young children, and these experiences in these early years will last a lifetime.


Preschool Registration Information

Click here for the New Canaan Nature Center Preschool ENROLLMENT PROCESS for 2014-2015.

Click here for the New Canaan Nature Center Preschool APPLICATION for 2014-2015.


New Canaan Nature Center Preschool

EVERY DAY AT OUR PRESCHOOL, YOUR CHILD WILL…

  • Make new friends and build relationships
  • Be challenged to think, respond, create and do
  • Learn age appropriate reading, writing and math skills
  • Be out in nature and enjoy our animals

ALL BUILDING A LOVE OF SELF, LEARNING AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS!


For any additional information or questions, please contact:

Marianne Kay, Preschool Director, 203-966-9577 x16 or email mkay@NewCanaanNature.org.