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ALLIANCE FRANCAISE OF GREENWICH
299 Greenwich Ave., 2nd Fl., Greenwich
As part of the Alliance Française’s world-renowned international network, the Alliance Française of Greenwich has been offering the highest quality French instruction for over 30 years. We focus on developing communication skills through total immersion in French by use of audio-visual methods. AFG offers adults and children classes, playtime groups, summer immersion camp, and a weekend bilingual program, “Ecole du samedi.”
APPLE BLOSSOM SCHOOL AND FAMILY CENTER
440 Danbury Road, Wilton
The Apple Blossom School and Family Center in Wilton, CT, is based on the Waldorf early-childhood philosophy of learning through play, activity, and imagination. The children develop their physical, intellectual, and emotional capabilities by being exposed to nature and the arts, and by the oral traditions of storytelling and puppetry. We offer parent/child classes, an Under-3 Nursery, Preschool, and Kindergarten, summer camp, and NEW extended care hours to 4pm. We also offer workshops open to the greater community on a monthly basis. Please call to set up a tour at 203-493-4003, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRAIN BALANCE ACHIEVEMENT CENTER OF NORWALK
15 Cross St., Norwalk
49 W. Allendale Ave.
Allendale, NJ 07401
At Brain Balance Achievement Centers, we don’t just work with a child’s strengths or provide strategies to compensate for a weakness, we tackle your child’s learning, behavioral, or developmental challenge head on, by addressing the core issues at the most fundamental level. We integrate cognitive, sensory-motor, and nutritional training into a unique, drug-free, whole-child approach that goes beyond the symptoms to address root causes. Every child deserves the opportunity to reach their fullest social and academic potential. Stop in or call to learn more about the Brain Balance Program® and how we can help your child succeed.
CENTER FOR PEDIATRIC THERAPY
1300 Post Road, Suite 204, Fairfield
101 North Plains Industrial, Wallingford, CT 06492
For more than 20 years, CPT has provided one-on-one therapy services to support the motor, sensory, and communication needs of children. If your child has difficulty sitting still, mastering handwriting, speaking/understanding language, enjoying large group activities, or is bothered by sensory stimuli (clothing, food textures, certain noises, getting hands dirty), CPT can help both child and family! Sessions are play-based to the extent that children do not even realize they are participating in therapy. If your child struggles with typical everyday activities, call us. We participate with most major insurance carriers.
CHELSEA PIERS CONNECTICUT
Chelsea Piers Connecticut is a 400,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art indoor sports complex in Stamford providing world-class facilities, expert instruction, and an exciting sports curriculum—all under one roof! Facilities include ice rinks; Olympic-sized pool; Splash Zone water play park; 12-court Squash Club; seven-court Tennis Club; baseball, softball, and gymnastics training centers; Field House with a track and 100-yard turf field for soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey; basketball and volleyball courts; preschool and child care center; pro shop; and food service. Fall programming, including classes and leagues, is available for children ages 6 months to 17 years.
CHILDREN'S THERAPY AND LEARNING CENTER
2228 Black Rock Turnpike, Suite 201, Fairfield
Children's Therapy and Learning Center, conveniently located on Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield, is easily accessible from the Merritt Parkway and I-95. CTLC offers integrative and collaborative care for children and families. Individual services include occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, infant wellness, young adult programs, tutoring, psychological services, and behavioral consultation. Group programs include social skills, handwriting, and sensory processing skills, along with summer learning camps. CTLC is in-network with most insurance plans. Call 203-908-4433 to set up an appointment or visit childtherapycenter.com.
THE CLOVER HILL SCHOOL
2 Emerson St., Norwalk
The Clover Hill School has been bringing Waldorf-inspired education to lower Fairfield County since 2004. The school serves organic, low-allergen foods in a green environment. The full- or half-day, mixed-age Kindergarten, for children ages 3-6 years, focuses on giving children healthy movement and the freedom to play in beautiful, welcoming classrooms. Growing Together Parent & Child classes for ages 2 months-3 years, meet weekly and include circle songs, games, puppetry, and indoor and outdoor playtime. Mothers-to-be are welcome.
1017 Post Road E., Westport
CompuChild inspires a love of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts to kids ages 4-14 by offering hands-on learning in a fun and challenging way. We offer different programs such as Lego® Robotics, Animation, Engineering, Scratch, Mindstorms NXT and EV3, with activities designed to help kids with school academics, and build self-confidence—and create future engineers. Have your Lego® fan’s awesome birthday party with us. We prepare teams for Robotics competition First Lego League and Jr. First Lego League. Our team was second in Robot Performance for First Lego League in 2013. Sign up now for fall classes!
CONNECTICUT DANCE SCHOOL
42 Halley Court, Fairfield
Connecticut Dance School, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to providing dance education of the highest standard to the Connecticut community. The CDS faculty includes specialists in the teaching of young children using the Royal Academy syllabus. This combines creative dance in a positive learning environment and a pre-ballet curriculum, with training in strength and flexibility.
Located at Ben Franklin Theater or Cranbury Park, Norwalk
12 June Ave., Norwalk
Crystal Theatre, Inc. is an independent, non-profit, performing arts school entering our 28th year. We work with children from pre-K through college, offering a variety of after-school classes for Kindergarten through high school students, pre-K classes, plus our popular summer theater/multi-arts camps. Help your child develop music theater skills, stronger oral language and motor skills, self expression, and greater self-confidence. Students learn through performing in full productions of our award-winning original musicals onstage in our very own theater!
CURTAIN CALL, INC.
1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford
Box Office: 203-461-6358
Curtain Call is Stamford’s longest-running community theatre, providing year-round performances and exciting creative opportunities. Educational workshops are available for ages 5 through adult, after school, evenings and on weekends in acting, comedy, improvisation, musical theatre, on-camera, Shakespeare…and more! Our faculty consists of area professionals dedicated to inspiring and nurturing the community in the performing arts. We can also create a special workshop for your before or after school program. For more information, contact our Education Director.
EASTON COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL
660 Morehouse Road, Easton
Easton Country Day School 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 "all the way from preschool to grade 12." We build a relationship with each child. ECDS offers rigorous academics shaped to the individual child in a familial environment that encourages accomplishment, responsibility, and acceptance of diversity. In addition to our preschool, we also offer day care from age 3 months.
FIVE MILE RIVER NURSERY SCHOOL
5 Pennoyer St., Rowayton
Five Mile River Nursery School offers pre-school and enrichment programs for children ages 2-5. FMRNS is the only nationally accredited, private preschool in the Norwalk and Darien areas. Our mission is to provide a warm, nurturing, and engaging atmosphere that allows children to be creative and adventurous learners. Highly qualified, experienced, caring teachers offer individualized attention, while focusing on the development of the whole child: intellectual, social, creative, and physical. Our goal is to inspire self confidence, curiosity, a love of learning, and a lifelong meaningful engagement with the world. NAEYC accredited.
FLASH POINTE DANCE
1657 Post Road, Fairfield
Ready to be inspired by the best? Join our remarkable faculty and explore jazz, contemporary, lyrical, musical theater, tap, modern, classical and contemporary ballet, break, hip-hop, Latin, story ballet, preschool combo classes, and more. Our programs are designed to motivate the novice and recreational dancer, and to inspire and push the intermediate or advanced dancer, with training appropriate for college or professional-bound dancers. Classes conducted in our environmentally friendly facility for preschool through adult students. New adult dancer? Try our three classes for $5 card.
FLEUR DE LIS ACADEMY
1 Danbury Road, (in the John's Best Pizza Plaza), 2nd Floor, Wilton
Dance, Manners, Yoga, and Parties—specially developed for children, tweens, and young adults to enjoy seriously fun classes and events while improving self-esteem. A nurturing lower school and pre-professional upper school with ENCORE Youth Dance Company offer superior training to encourage grace, poise, and self-discipline for children as young as 18 months. Confidence, social graces, and dining etiquette are polished in our comprehensive Manners School. Sweet Soirées produces whimsical and trés chic complete parties and special events that create unforgettable memories. Professional instructors and a new state-of-the-art facility await you!
THE GERMAN SCHOOL OF CONNECTICUT
Rippowam Middle School, 381 High Ridge Road, Stamford
First Baptist Church
90 N. Main St., W. Hartford, CT
The German School of Connecticut is a friendly center for German language and culture, with a high-quality educational program for children of all ages and adults. Students at all levels, from beginner through native speaker, are matched with dedicated, professional teachers to learn, improve and maintain German language skills. We foster a strong academic growth and a wider worldview for all students in a fun, stimulating atmosphere. GSC meets on Saturday mornings during the school year.
181 Post Road W., Westport
GRAY MATTERS, now entering its 5th year of clinical practice, has a growing legacy of successful outcomes and improved lives. We’ve treated hundreds of patients, ages 5-75, and are experienced with a range of difficulties, including (but not limited to): ADHD, anxiety, depression, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Post-Concussion Syndrome, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Frequently, our patients have multiple issues which co-exist in complex and challenging ways. We are driven by a simple philosophy: the tools we use are only as good as our ability to listen, and our commitment to improve the lives of those we treat.
GREENS FARMS ACADEMY
35 Beachside Ave., Westport
Greens Farms Academy is a diverse PreK-12 coeducational day school in the Greens Farms section of Westport. Seven hundred students arrive each day by train, van, bus, and car from more than 20 Connecticut towns. The campus borders Long Island Sound, a salt marsh, and an Audubon Woodland, enhancing the study of environmental science, PreK-12. GFA fosters a culture of achievement, close faculty/student relationships, and an emphasis on character. In 2012, GFA graduated the first seniors who earned a diploma with a concentration in global studies.
GREENWICH BALLET ACADEMY
299 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich
181 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, NY
Under the direction of Ukraine native, Yuri Vodolaga, and a Russian faculty, Greenwich Ballet Academy (GBA) offers an eight-year program of Vaganova-based, pre-professional training in classical ballet. Modern dance is part of the curriculum for intermediate and advanced students. Introductory classes are offered for children as young as age 2; performing begins at age 5. GBA graduates have gone on to professional dance careers and other prestigious programs in the U.S. and abroad. They frequently win competitions. GBA is a non-profit organization accessible to any child with a dream of becoming a dancer.
GREENWICH RACQUET CLUB
1 River Road, Cos Cob
The Greenwich Racquet Club’s junior program begins with the tiny tots (ages 3-4), and goes all the way through to advanced high school players. We focus on the development of proper technique, footwork, and ball control, using the correct court size, balls, and racquets. USTA Team tennis for juniors and adults, as well as weekly adult clinics, are also available. All programs begin Sept. 8. Please call 203-661-0606 for more information or to schedule a free evaluation.
GYMNASTICS AND CHEERLEADING ACADEMY OF CONNECTICUT
85 Mill Plain Road, Fairfield
We offer a huge variety of programming and parties for kids and adults all year-long. Gymnastics classes begin at 18 months and progress to Level 8 Junior Olympic training. The cheer program offers cheer and tumble classes, as well as competitive cheer teams that travel throughout the region. Our dance program includes both classes and competitive teams. We have a trampoline team and offer Parkour and Martial Arts Tricking classes. Our gym is the largest facility in the state. The Playscape—our indoor playground—offers memberships or daily drop-in rates.
HAMDEN HALL COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL
1108 Whitney Ave., Hamden
Hamden Hall Country Day School is an independent, coeducational pre-school-grade 12 day school that fosters the individual growth of every student. We challenge students to develop a strong sense of personal integrity, social responsibility, and a global perspective while preparing them for demanding programs at the collegiate level. The spirit of Hamden Hall, as established more than a century ago, is that of a family. We care about the kinds of people our graduates become.
20 Portland Ave., Redding
20 Portland Ave., Redding
11 Burr Road, Westport
Director of Admission, Kim McElderry 203-544-8393
223 W. Mountain Road, Ridgefield (3s-Grade 8)
Director of Admission and Financial Aid, Libby B. Mattson
The premier, private preschool for early learning, serving children ages 1-5 with locations in Redding (Georgetown), Ridgefield, and Westport, is a place where learning is a joyful experience! Balanced curriculum offers literacy, math activities, and hands-on science through play. Children can enjoy world language, art, music, gym, and technology. Before- and after-care are offered. CAIS accredited.
LEGOLAND® DISCOVERY CENTER WESTCHESTER
Westchester's Ridge Hill, 39 Fitzgerald St., Yonkers
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester is the newest field trip destination in the tri-state area! This indoor center is ideal for school, scout, and homeschool groups ages 3-12 years. Their imagination is the only limitation! Youth groups can reach out and touch the stars in the 4D cinema, learn LEGO® building secrets from the Master Model Builder, see local iconic landmarks in MINILAND®, learn as they build the tallest tower and test the tower’s strength on Earthquake tables…and more!
30 Myano Lane, Stamford
939 8th Ave., NYC
227 E. 81st St., NYC
2 Haven Ave., Port Washington, NY
Licenders is the premier, all-natural service for the screening and removal of head lice. FREE Screenings in all four Licenders locations after camp and before school! Walk-ins welcome, no appointment necessary.FREE Air-Alle (LouseBuster) treatment with service. Licenders has been helping families, schools, camps, and pediatricians get rid of lice for 17 years. We have four treatment centers in Manhattan, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Long Island. Open 7 days a week! House calls available. Many insurance companies have a flex and health account to cover this service.
2005 Palmer Ave., Palmer Square, Larchmont
43 Tokeneke Road, Darien
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LinguaKids offers Italian, Mandarin, French, and Spanish classes for children starting at age 6 months. LinguaKids’ teachers are all friendly, energetic, native speakers, who completely immerse the children in the language. We use a multi-sensory approach to learning a language, combining songs, movements, arts and crafts, games, storytelling, and role playing, to make learning fun. Come see us in our studios in Larchmont and Darien. You can also contact us about our before- and after-school programs. Over 600 children enroll each session. Join the fun!
LITTLE FRIENDS CHILD CARE & PRESCHOOL
25 Valley Drive, Greenwich
Family-owned and operated, Little Friends of Greenwich, run by Verna Esposito, provides childcare and early childhood education for ages 6 weeks to 5 years. "We provide a safe, loving and fun environment for children," Esposito says. "We follow the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) guidelines." Open Monday-Friday 6:30am-6:30pm. Year-round rolling admissions. Ongoing summer programs.
THE LITTLE GYM
629 Post Road E., Westport
96 Danbury Road, Ridgefield
4 Corbin Drive, Darien
The Little Gym helps children build the confidence and skills needed at each stage of childhood. Each week, structured classes and our unique learning environment will create opportunities for your child to try new things and build self-confidence. As your child grows and develops new physical skills, you will see noticeable, positive differences with each achievement. But your child will simply see The Little Gym as a place to make new friends.
MARY ANN HALL'S MUSIC FOR CHILDREN
Locations in Fairfield, CT and NYC,
Mary Ann Hall’s MUSIC FOR CHILDREN: the music school with a creative curriculum that grows with your child, from infancy through age 13! Children learn the FUN-damentals of music in a dynamic, nurturing environment filled with song, dance, rhythms, dramatic musical, and instrument play. Babies play more than 50 instruments, and toddlers and ages 2-3 learn to read and create rhythms and melodies–CDs and songbooks included. Four-year-olds start piano lessons, 5-year-olds continue growth in reading and piano play, 6-year-olds begin recorder, ages 7-10 perform musical theater, and ages 10-13 hone their musical theater talents in Kaleidoscope.
MUSIC TOGETHER OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY
76 Walbin Court, Fairfield
Music Together is an international, award-winning program with more than 2,000 locations in 40 countries. Nurture your child's natural enthusiasm for music and movement by registering for our classes! Music Together is a researched approach to music and movement, committed to helping families and caregivers discover the pleasure and educational value of informal musical experiences. Have fun singing, dancing, and playing instruments with your child, ages newborn to 5 years, while you learn how to support their musical development. We offer mixed-age, baby, and 3- and 4-year-old classes. Fall registration is now open.
NEW CANAAN NATURE CENTER PRESCHOOL
144 Oenoke Ridge Road, New Canaan
The New Canaan Nature Center Preschool allows children ages 2-5 to use hands-on, nature-based activities to foster social, physical and academic skills. In our 40-acre outdoor classroom, children explore trails, ponds, meadows and wetlands, and meet animals from our teaching collection. Our preschool is licensed and accredited by NAEYC and has been in operation for more than 40 years. Mommy, Me & Nature, a parent/child program for 2s and 3s, introduces the delights of nature through art, songs, visits with live animals and seasonal trail walks.
NEXT DIMENSION GYMNASTICS
25 Lindeman Drive, Trumbull
Next Dimension Gymnastics is where happy children build athletic skills and confidence, while the enthusiastic staff encourages self-esteem and skill development. Next Dimension is one of the most advanced gymnastics centers in Connecticut, with almost 15,500 spectacular square feet of world-class gymnastics equipment, and a regionally- and nationally-recognized coaching staff. Our preschool and after-school programs allow children ages 6 months and older to participate in gymnastics. We also offer a wide range of classes to meet various skill levels, and the best birthday parties for children ages 4-12.
THE RAINBOW OF LANGUAGES
45 E. Putnam Ave., Suite 111, Greenwich
25 Trefoil Drive, Trumbull
Rockin' Jump is a safe, family-friendly environment for all ages and abilities. We decided to create a place where you can soar in open jump arenas, dive into pools of soft foam cubes, play trampoline dodgeball, and do flips and somersaults. We also wanted a new alternative for birthday parties and family gatherings, where quality food and private party rooms are guaranteed, and your kids can safely play while you socialize with other parents. We are open seven days a week. We look forward to seeing you soon.
SOUTHFIELD CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENT
85 Old Kings Highway N., Darien
The Southfield Center is a family-centered, interdisciplinary practice dedicated to providing comprehensive diagnostic, therapeutic, and educational services for children and teens across a wide range of challenges. We offer a warm, inviting environment with a team of more than 30 skilled practitioners trained to provide an integrated approach to learning, emotional, and behavioral issues, including: academic challenges; poor organization and time management skills; ADHD; speech and language delays; autism spectrum disorders and related developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, and nutritional concerns.
ST. VINCENT'S SPECIAL NEEDS SERVICES
95 Merritt Blvd., Trumbull
St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services provides a comprehensive range of programs and services for children and adults with multiple developmental disabilities, complex medical needs, and autism spectrum disorders from birth through the senior years. Eighty students currently attend its special education school located at the FEROLETO Children’s Development Center in Trumbull. Day programs for adults are located in Stratford and Norwalk, and 11 group homes with 24/7 care for adults and children are located in Fairfield County communities. New therapeutic pool providing aquatic therapy to the children and adults in our care.
STEPPING STONES MUSEUM FOR CHILDREN
Matthews Park, 303 West Ave., Norwalk
Play is serious business at Stepping Stones Museum for Children. Step inside our award-winning museum and open your world to a lifelong love of learning through play. The museum features hands-on fun in Energy Lab®, Tot Town®, Built It!, Healthyville®, and the Traveling Exhibit Gallery. Enjoy its open-air, tented courtyard, state-of-the-art multimedia theater, café, and retail store. Take advantage of daily programs and activities, special events, birthday parties, a preschool, and so much more. Visit today!
TEMPLE ISRAEL EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
14 Coleytown Road, Westport
In a caring, positive atmosphere, we create a warm, inviting place for preschoolers to learn. Social and emotional, physical, cognitive, and creative skills are introduced through materials and learning experiences that are child-centered and teacher-framed. Work emphasizes "the process rather than the product," fostering a sense of accomplishment and pride. Based on research that "children learn through play," classroom routines encourage active involvement, meaningful experimentation, and reinforcement through repetition. The connection between your child and his or her Jewish heritage is reinforced and integrated through the curriculum.
WESTBROOK NATURE SCHOOL
7 Long Ridge Road, West Redding
Westbrook Nature School offers a nature-based curriculum on a six-acre property featuring trails, streams, meadows, an organic garden and natural playscapes, resulting in an education that builds physical and emotional resilience, moral awareness, and the foundation required for intellectual growth. Programs include parent-child classes, mixed-age Kindergarten, adult workshops, playdays, and seasonal events.
WESTPORT FAMILY COUNSELING
250 Post Road E., Suite 106, Westport
Westport Family Counseling is a group practice with a team of therapists in downtown Westport. We work with individuals, couples, and families of all ages. WFC treats a variety of issues including life transitions, depression, anxiety, marital difficulties, stress management, parenting challenges, OCD, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, trauma, and postpartum depression. We offer groups, as well as free workshops on nutrition. Call 203-227-4555, email email@example.com, or visit westportfamilycounseling.org for more information.
WESTPORT WRITERS' WORKSHOP
3 Sylvan Road S., Westport
Creative Writing for Teens (grades 9-12) with Susan Ross. Wednesdays from 4:30-6pm, starting Sept. 17. No grades. No tests. No wrong answers—just plenty of inspiration for young writers. For more information, call us at 203-227-3250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WESTPORT'S ACADEMY OF DANCE
345 Post Road W., Westport
Westport's Academy of Dance has been teaching classical ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and hip-hop to children and teens for more than 35 years. Our program includes classes for all ages and levels of ability. A consultation and tour of our newly renovated studios is available by appointment. Please visit our website for more information, and to view photo and video galleries. Adult classes are also available through our Fit for Movement collective. All those passionate about dance are welcome to join our online forum “Body, Spirit, and Grace Through Dance” at westportdance.com/blog.
969 Lake Ave., Greenwich
A recognized leader in education since 1958, Whitby’s innovative Montessori and International Baccalaureate (IB) program readies students within a global community of learners to thrive in today’s dynamic world. Highly trained and energetic teachers provide individualized attention. Students age 18 mos.-grade 8 enthusiastically engage in learning, are inspired by their own discoveries, and find there is no limit to what they can achieve. Whitby students graduate with proficiency in at least two languages and find success in future pursuits. Whitby is located on a beautiful 25-acre campus on Lake Avenue in Greenwich.