2022/2023 Guide to Preschools & Private Schools | Newtown Moms

Selecting a Preschool Program or deciding on a Private School for your child is no easy task. Our annual Preschool & Private School Guide seeks to make this process a bit easier by providing you with a list of local programs. And as always, you can find open house dates on our calendar

The Wooster Difference is rooted in our history. Founded in 1926, we have always been a place where inclusivity, diversity, and personal relationships are paramount. Today, and in the face of technology-mediated and fast-paced world, we stay focused on what really matters: fostering the personal relationships that are the bedrock of students’ self-discovery and confidence. We do this in a school culture that redefines “rigor” to be reflective of a healthy reality: an authentic balance between our achievement culture and the unique social, emotional, and intellectual needs of every one of our students. 

Wooster’s Middle School is an inclusive 5th – 8th grade experience built around personal relationships. Every child is recognized for who he is, and every child finds success and builds foundational skills and confidence for the rest of their lives. 

Wooster’s Upper School builds on the foundation of Middle School, opening students to a bigger world where they increasingly assume ownership and responsibility for their own learning. By design, our program is built around tapping into students’ and teachers’ natural interests and curiosities, creating authentic motivation for learning. 

Wooster’s Bridge Program is a fully mainstream support program for neurodivergent students in grades 6-12. This “community within a community” is flexible and serves students with language-based, executive function, and attention-related learning differences. With caring teachers who double as mentors, every student discovers how he learns best, paving the way for success in Middle and High School, and beyond.

Discover how Wooster is thinking about school differently and setting its graduates up for success in the 21st century world.

Wooster School is located at 91 Miry Brook Road, Danbury, CT 01680. Please visit us online at woosterschool.org or call (203)830-3916 for more information.


Imagine a beautiful school filled with materials and activities that are designed to cultivate a passion, calling to your child’s curiosity and imagination. 

Picture a community where children are surrounded by people who understand, encourage, and challenge their strengths. 

Envision a child learning each day, immersed in a culture of kindness and respect and a course of study based in scientific research appealing to personal growth and engagement. 

Now Enrolling for Fall 2023! We are a learning community serving children ages 15 months through 8th grade, Fraser Woods offers a Montessori program providing both a strong academic foundation as well as cultivating intellectual curiosity and engagement. We invite you to come visit and spend time in our earth-friendly Natural Playground, our state of the art MakerSpace and Fabrications Lab. Contact Admissions today by calling (203) 426-3390 ext. 305 or by filling out an Inquiry Form. We look forward to meeting you and your family.

Fraser Woods Montessori School offers an exceptional experience on a unique 8 acre campus in Newtown, Connecticut. 

We invite you to come visit and spend time in our earth-friendly Natural Playground, our state of the art MakerSpace and Fabrications Lab. We look forward to meeting you and your family.

Easton Country Day is a small, coed PreK – 12  private school which  is open full time this fall!  We are operating under all government standards for safety. ECDS uses its small size and a unique, individual educational approach to ensure each child not only achieves academic excellence in a safe and loving environment, but also learns those skills necessary to be a caring and responsible citizen.  We build a relationship with each child.  We promote excellence in individual academic achievement in the context of our motto “Responsibility, Integrity, Community – Praxis.”   This, and our innovative scheduling methods, gives us the flexibility to place children in classes that fit their academic and social needs and to respond rapidly to change and growth in each child.  ECDS offers rigorous academics shaped to the individual child in a familial environment that encourages accomplishment, responsibility and acceptance of diversity.  We offer programs for the highly gifted, and we emphasize the fine arts.  We teach children how to learn, preparing them for life beyond school.

With a profound reverence for childhood as our guiding principle, the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School nurtures your child’s sense of curiosity, creativity, empathy, and awe through a holistic curriculum that integrates the senses throughout the entire learning and growing process. One of our central tenets has always been respect for each child and for childhood. We truly believe our school offers what children most need at this time – a haven where they can simply be children. We will get to know your child by spending time with them and providing them with deep and engaging learning opportunities.

We are the only Waldorf grades school in Connecticut providing parent child classes and PreK though 8th grade.  

If our school sounds like it fits the vision you have for your child or children, please reach out to the Enrollment Office to schedule a tour: https://www.waldorfct.org/visit/

  • About Hopkins: Set Your Curiosity Free. Hopkins School students are curious – they love to think and learn. Here each day, at the nation’s third oldest independent school, high-achieving students come to learn with an intellectual passion, challenging one another in a collective pursuit of excellence.
  • Small classes average just 12 students.
    • A team of professional and experienced College Counselors lead our very successful college process See our matriculation list
      • More National Merit Scholar finalists than any other school in Connecticut, public or private.
  • Hopkins students are gifted scholars, but they are also talented leaders, athletes, artists, entrepreneurs and more.
    • Students of color comprise almost 50% percent of our diverse, inclusive Hopkins family.
    • A dedicated faculty who are experts in their fields and love teaching and sharing their expertise with students
  • Open House: Please join us at Hopkins School for a virtual academic experience and a campus tour!
    • Saturday, October 22nd-Academic Day-Department Chairs lead a lively webinar and curriculum introduction (virtual)
    • Sunday, October 23rd –Visit campus for a student-led tour, meet current parents and enjoy a walk around our 108 acre campus in New Haven.
    • Spaces are limited and reservations are required. Please register online at the Virtual Admission Center .
    • If you can’t join us in October, please contact us or visit the Virtual Admission Center for other times to visit and to apply to Hopkins.
  • Website: www.hopkins.edu
  • Contact:  [email protected] or call (203) 397-1001
The Unquowa School is an independent, co-educational, PreK – 8th Grade school located in Fairfield, CT. Founded in 1917, the school’s mission is “…to develop, educate, and prepare our family of children with an unafraid spirit to achieve their personal best in a changing world.” Our graduates move on to high school with a love of learning, strong character and a deep confidence in their power to understand and make a difference in the larger world.
OPEN HOUSE INFO: Join us for a Take a Look Day on November 16th at 8:30am! Register at unquowa.org/visit-unquowa
CONTACT: Interested in learning more? Call us at 203-367-3151 or email at [email protected] Karen Williamson, Director of Admissions
LOCATION: 981 Stratfield Road, Fairfield, CT 06825
Merryhill Child Care Center, Inc. is a private, non-profit child care center serving children from 6 weeks through 6 years old.  At Merryhill, we are dedicated to providing the best childcare experience in Newtown for every age and stage of your child’s development.
​Our warm and inviting atmosphere feels like a home away from home with bright cheerful spaces that encourage learning, creativity and exploration. Our passionate and caring teachers are committed to making a difference in children’s lives. Our picturesque country setting has a beautiful backyard and playground, perfect for outdoor fun and games.
​We believe that children thrive in an environment which provides support and opportunities to grow emotionally, socially, and creatively. By building on each child’s strengths and interests, we guide them to explore the world around them, develop new abilities and form close relationships. For more information, please visit our website or contact Karen Serke, Center Director at 203-426-9847.

Mom, Kindergarten Teacher, and Harvard grad Christine Guan leads The Learning Experience-Newtown — where her sons Kai and Kaden attend. The program serves children 3 months to 6 years, and even has a before/afterschool program for older siblings. Parents choose The Learning Experience. because:

  • Safety. 100% of staff have CPR/First Aid Certification and undergone FBI & DCF background checks. The school is proud to be a home for many police officer, firefighter, nurse, and military families. 

  • Leadership. Center Directors Bunny Kolf and Jessica Fiorini collectively boast 20+ years of Center Director experience. The two Director model better serves children and families. 

  • High-quality, experienced staff. The school hires teachers with previous experience in early childhood education.

  • Academics. The school’s proprietary literacy, phonics, and enrichment program helps children get Kindergarten-ready. Quarterly assessments are the focus of Parent Teacher conferences.

  • Flexibility. We know flexibility is key for families. While the school is open 6:30 AM – 6:30 PM, parents also can select an 8AM – 12:30PM, 8AM – 3PM, or 8AM-6PM schedule. There is also a 3-day program and a family can add early care (6:30AM-8AM).

If you are interested in learning more about The Learning Experience and setting up a tour, contact the school by email [email protected], call 203-304-9130, or schedule a tour directly here.

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