CASTLE's preschool program curriculum is designed to support children in all major areas of development.
Teachers plan and implement experiences designed to support the development of:
Children's cognitive skills
Social and emotional skills
Language and literacy
CASTLE teachers use the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards (CT ELDS) as a Curriculum Framework. Using this framework, teachers plan units of learning that are relevant to the students and families we serve. Teachers take into account child and family interests when deciding what topics the children will study.
Teacher Education & Training
Head Teachers are required to have higher education degrees, and Assistant Teachers have at least 12 credits in early childhood education. In addition to college level coursework, our teachers attend professional development in curriculum, disabilities, assessment, child development, health and safety, and many other related topics annually. Our teachers surpass the requirements set by the State of Connecticut. Last year, our preschool staff averaged over 37 hours of professional development!
Preschool Hours & Options
"I have told many people about the great programs at CASTLE and their loving support of our children. CASTLE makes it easier to be apart from them because I know they are safe and well cared for!" -CASTLE Parent
Full Day Preschool
Monday - Friday
6:30 am - 5:55 pm
Care on Colchester school snow days, holidays & vacation weeks included!
(Open to children 32 months - 4 years)
Help prepare your child for Preschool and prevent summer regression at CASTLE!
We offer a safe and developmentally appropriate play-based curriculum that supports children to:
Play independently with peers
Engage in activities for a short period of time
Choose activities that appeal to their interests
Express their needs and desires to an adult
Follow simple directions
Recognize emotions in peers and themselves
Follow the classroom schedule
Learn conflict resolution skills
Flexible 8 - Week Program
June 22nd - August 14th
8:30am - 12:00pm
2 Day, 3 Day & 5 Day Options Available
School Day Preschool
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
3-Day Options Available
Early Morning Care
(6:30 am - 9:00 am)
*CASTLE's School Day program follows the Colchester Public School Calendar regarding no school days, shortened days, vacation weeks and weather-related days, as set forth by the Colchester Board of Education.
School Readiness Funding
CASTLE partners with the Colchester Public Schools to provide a limited number of grant funded preschool slots through a School Readiness grant. Eligibility for these slots is income based. For more information on School Readiness eligibility, please contact Cindy Praisner, Early Childhood Coordinator at (860) 537 - 0717