The Children's Tree Montessori School offers education for students ages 3 to 12, providing children and their parents an alternative to public school education. Teachers and aides are Montessori certified. We offer a nurturing, child-centered environment where children can develop independence, respect-- for themselves and others, and a lifelong love of learning. Contact: Marci Martindale at 860-388-3536. www.childrenstree.com/

Community Cooperative Nursery School of Old Saybrook is a non-profit, interdenominational, interracial nursery school owned and managed by the parents whose children attend the school. The Co-op is open to all residents of Old Saybrook and surrounding towns. Their philosophy is to nurture the “whole” child – socially, emotionally, creatively, and intellectually through a fun loving, active learning environment. Contact: Judee Magoon at 860-388-9623. http://coopnurseryschool.weebly.com

Daisy Ingraham Preschool Program is a Special Needs Program with Typical Peer Opportunities available on a limited basis, Sept-June. Certified special education and early education teachers staff this free program. Call 860-399-7925 for more information.

KinderCare Learning Centers have partnered with families to provide high-quality child care and award-winning curriculum for more than 40 years. Whether you're looking for a Summer Camp, before- or after-school programs, part-time or full-time child care, KinderCare offers fun and learning at an affordable price. Contact Heather Kjos in Essex at (860) 767-1072. www.kindercare.com 

Leap into Learning is a grant sponsored preschool mentoring program that is offered to children in the shoreline area. This school is located in a space at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.This program is offered free of charge to the families who are enrolled. For information or registration, Contact: Donna Vinelli at 860-388-2398; website: www.stpaul-elca.org

My Second Home serves infants, toddlers and pre-school along with providing pre-kindergarten and before and after school programs. We are open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with half day and full time programs available. Our Center has been in business since 1989. We build strong foundations for your child’s education. Please call for a tour of our Center. Contact: Donna Jeffrey at 860-395-0621.

Parks & Rec Little Folks Camp, Teresa Mulvey Municipal Building: Is your child between the ages of three to five years old and ready to make friends and socialize? Introduce her/him to some fun and enroll in this special camp program which is a great way to get ready for kindergarten while interacting with other children. Our instructors have had many years of experience working with preschool age children. Camp will follow the school calendar year with all the holidays and special days off.​ Camp activities include music, arts and crafts, stories implementing intergenerational activities, developing fine and large motor skills during outside time, as well as, cooperative play​. Please call the Recreation office with any questions. 860-399-3095.

Pumpkin Patch Preschool & Child Care Centers is a family owned business that has been in the business of serving families for over 30 years. We provide children with quality childcare in a safe, nurturing and stimulating atmosphere. Our centers are state licensed and conveniently located with an emphasis on personalized service and children's individual needs. For information on Westbrook location, call (860) 669-0579 http://pumpkinpatchchildcare.com

The Red Barn Children’s Center is located on four beautiful acres of land in Clinton and includes two classroom areas, the Little Barn and the Gray Barn. At our center, we believe that children learn by participating in activities that are developmentally appropriate. The teachers plan a daily routine that allows for children to make choices and to become more independent. We feel that it is important to help children move from being self-centered to being group oriented. For more information, contact Director Linda Stuhlman at 860.669.7246 www.redbarncc.com/ 

Schoolmates Preschool, Deep River, We are a private early childhood program situated in the center of 700 forested acres at Incarnation Center, located between Ivoryton and Deep River. Our beautiful natural surroundings enhance our educational framework. Children walk the trails and explore the abundant resources at Incarnation Center, including the lake, pond, farm and Bushy Hill Nature Center. Observation, investigation, and documentation are key components in our learning environment.Call Schoolmates at 860.767.2345. www.schoolmatespreschool.com

The Sherwood School, Old Saybrook, is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and provides Morning and Full Day Programs for children ages 1 - 5, as well as a Before and After School Program. We at The Sherwood School believe that children actively create knowledge of the world around them by encountering problems, experiencing emotions, and learning through experience. Contact: Lisa Jones at 860-388-3717 for information and to schedule a tour.  thesherwoodschool.com