Preschools in Darien, CT: What to Look For

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Are you looking for preschools in Darien, CT? For a town with only 20,000 residents, there are a lot of preschool programs available to Darien families. We have some tips to help you find the perfect preschool in Darien, CT.

Nature-Based Curriculum

If you are looking for preschools with a nature-based curriculum, then the Darien Nature Center Preschool program is a great option.

Faith-Based Curriculum

If you are looking for a faith-based preschool curriculum then you should look into Saint Luke’s Parish School in Darien and St. John Preschool in Darien, CT.

Nut-Free Preschool

Concerned about your child’s nut allergy? Then preschools with nut-free facilities like Saint Luke’s Parish School is ideal for you.

Preschool for Full-time Working Parents

Do you and your spouse work full-time? A full-day preschool/daycare program such as Chelsea Piers CP Kids may work for your family.

Preschools Close to Post Road

Typical preschool programs are short. Usually 3 hour days a few times a week. Especially if you have a two-year-old toddler starting out, you may be looking at 2 hours to start and gradually building up in time. So make sure you pick a preschool close to your home if you plan to go back home after drop off or at least be near Post Road in Darien so you can at least run some errands while your little one is in school. Look for preschools close to Post Road, it will give you enough time to stop by Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods in Darien between drop-offs and pickups. Darien preschools that are on the Post Road are Darien YMCA Holly Pond School, St. John Preschool, Noroton Presbyterian Nursery School, Saint Luke’s Parish. First Congregational Church Nursery School and YWCA Norwalk/Darien are also convenient to Post Road and Darien’s Goodwives Shopping Center.

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Darien Preschools with Extended Day

You will quickly realize how short preschool programs are. Sometimes they are too short to actually have a productive morning running errands. If that is the case, you should definitely choose a preschool with extended days. In some preschools, your child can stay for lunch or some actually extend the day past lunch to include afternoon enrichment. Fortunately, most preschools in Darien offer some type of extended day (either lunch bunch or afternoon enrichment). Preschools in Darien that have extended day are Darien Nature Center Preschool (lunch bunch), Noroton Presbyterian Nursery School, First Congregational Church Nursery School, Saint Luke’s Parish School, Darien YMCA Holly Pond School (afternoon enrichment), St. John Preschool (Lunch Bunch) and Methodist Family Center (afternoon enrichment).

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Darien Preschools: Frequently Asked Questions

When should I Apply to Preschools in Darien?

If you are new to the preschool application process in Darien, it’s important to know that you need to start thinking about preschools at least a year in advance. If your child starts preschools next September, you need to start looking into it this Fall. Many preschools will start giving tours and making applications available in September/October timing.

I just moved to Darien and did not apply to preschools in the Fall, is it too late to get into a preschool?

Don’t worry! The good news is there are a lot of preschools in Darien. If you apply in the Spring or Summer before school starts, chances are you will still be able to find a preschool for your child. You may not be able to get into the preschools with limited space because those are likely to be full already, but you will still be able to find a few preschools with openings for your child. Even if you don’t get into your first choice preschool the first year, you can always move your child the following year. Especially if you are applying to a 2s program, those classes are usually smaller and fill up quickly but there may be openings in the 3s class the following year at your first-choice preschool.

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What is the Minimum Age for Preschools in Darien?

Most families in Darien start sending their children to preschools at 2 years old. You enroll your child in the 2s program. Most 2s programs are half-day programs without extended day options (most extended day start at 3 years old) and most 2s programs are 1-3 days per week (4-5 days per week usually start at 3 years old). Children usually attend preschools from age 2-4 years old with some children attending preschools at 5 years old (depends on birthdate and whether you are attending a public or private school for Kindergarten).

Help! The morning session is full, can I manage the afternoon session?

Most families prefer morning classes. This is due to afternoon nap schedules. You will find that morning sessions are usually more popular and will fill up more quickly then afternoon sessions. However, as a new family, you are usually last in the enrollment priority so you may not get a spot in the morning session. With my daughter, I did not get my first choice and was stuck with an afternoon session. I actually ended up liking the afternoon session and kept her in the afternoon the following year. I find it less hectic because you can leisurely take your time in the morning, have lunch then go to school. There is less of a rush in the morning to get out the door. As for her afternoon nap, she dropped her afternoon nap and she went to bed really early instead.

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Darien Preschool Directory

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