Time to hit the books! It's back to school season in Fairfield County, CT! NYMetroParents back to school guide to Fairfield helps you find schools, after-school classes, museums, foreign language programs, religious schools, and activities in music and dance, art and theater, martial arts and sports programs, tutors, and much more in Greenwich, Norwalk, Stamford, Westport, Ridgefield, and the rest of Fairfield County, CT.
A THEME LEARNING CENTER BOX, LLC
"Bring Imagination Back Into Play. "A Theme Learning Center Box, LLC has been committed to enhancing educational experiences for the early-childhood years since 2005. Three theme boxes include manipulatives, dramatic play, books, science, writing, sensory, and blocks. We have expanded our line of educational toys—Tegu magnetic wood blocks build beyond the traditional constraints of gravity and are incredibly liberating; BeBlocks; Zipbins; Wonder Dough; and more.
ABOVE THE WAVE SWIM SCHOOL
Lessons take place at the Quality Inn & Suites in Danbury, Connecticut, opposite the Harley Davidson of Danbury dealership, Danbury
Above The Wave (ATW) Swim School provides small group instruction in a heated, indoor, comfortable swimming pool. We teach an award-winning, progressive program that is based on a child’s individual capabilities. Lessons are provided for ages 3 and older. For further information visit atwswimschool.com or call 203-733-8878.
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE OF GREENWICH
299 Greenwich Ave., 2nd Floor, 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 & Family Center is based on the Waldorf early-childhood philosophy of learning through play, activity, and imagination, as well as the fostering of development through exposure to nature, the arts, and the oral traditions of storytelling and puppetry. Located in Wilton by Cannon Crossing, we offer Parent/Infant, Parent/Toddler, Nursery, and Kindergarten programs, as well as Arts Enrichment programs for homeschoolers and Summer Programs. In addition, we support families through parenting and artistic workshops, and an active community and festival life. Open Houses Tuesdays from 9-10:30am. Contact 203-834-0344 or 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.
270 Lake Ave., Greenwich
Carmel Academy is a private school for children of all Jewish affiliations, offering each of its students an exceptional, challenging, and creative educational experience from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Located on a 17-acre historic campus in the heart of Greenwich, Connecticut, Carmel draws students from both lower Fairfield and Westchester counties. With the benefits of a low student-teacher ratio and a dynamic, differentiated learning environment, students master the knowledge essential to continue on to the finest secondary schools. For more information or to schedule a tour, please call or visit carmelacademy.com.
CHELSEA PIERS CONNECTICUT
Chelsea Piers Connecticut is a 400,000-sq.-foot, state-of-the-art sports complex providing world-class facilities, expert instruction, and exciting sports curriculum. Facilities include: two 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 100-yard indoor turf field for soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey, basketball and volleyball courts, child care center and preschool, pro shops, and food service. Register for fall programming, including classes and leagues for children ages 6 mos.-17 yrs. Optional squash, tennis, and club (swimming/tennis) family memberships available.
THE CLOVER HILL SCHOOL
2 Emerson St., Norwalk
The Clover Hill School has been bringing Waldorf-inspired education to lower Fairfield County since 2004. Our “GROWING TOGETHER” Parent & Child classes (beginning in September) are for moms and dads with children ages 2 mos.-3 yrs. Join in circle time, puppetry, organic snack, and indoor and outdoor play. Meet and enjoy discussions with other parents. Spend “special” time with your child. Other Programs offered: “Gentle Beginnings” for ages 2 ¾-3 ½ years, and “Mixed-Age Kindergarten” for ages 3-6 years. For more information call 203-661-6484 or visit thecloverhillschool.org and whywaldorfworks.org.
COMMUNITY COOPERATIVE NURSERY SCHOOL (CCNS)
4 Trolley Place, Rowayton
The Community Cooperative Nursery School (CCNS) is a preschool with a 59-year tradition of providing children a creative environment with professional guidance. With a unique vision combining creativity, play, the child and the family, CCNS proudly remains one of the few truly cooperative preschools in Connecticut. The CCNS educational director, Dana Gorman is a nationally recognized practitioner of emergent education. Her blog is playfullylearning.blogspot.com. CCNS has drop-off classes for ages 2, 3, and 4, and has an open enrollment policy. Licensed by the State of Connecticut.
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.
CONVENT OF THE SACRED HEART
1177 King St., Greenwich
Convent of the Sacred Heart is an independent, Catholic day school for girls K-12, with coed preschool and prekindergarten in Greenwich, CT. New technology and laptop program available. Modern facilities include the Barat Center for Early Childhood Education, library/media center, theater, broadcast journalism studio, outdoor observatory, and synthetic turf fields. The school offers a rigorous academic program with option for study abroad, and develops personal growth, self-confidence, and social responsibility. Competitive athletics and the arts are integral. Member of international network of Sacred Heart schools. Admission is selective. Financial aid available.
Located at Ben Franklin Theater or Cranbury Park, Norwalk
Crystal Theatre, Inc. is an independent, non-profit performing arts school. We work with children from pre-K up to teens. We offer pre-K morning classes, a variety of after-school classes from Kindergarten through high school, plus our popular summer theatre camps. Help your child develop theatrical skills, stronger oral language, motor skills, self-expression, and a greater self-confidence. Children will act out story books, dress up like favorite characters from movies and story books, and perform! Each week we will explore drama, music, and dance through exciting theater games and music-and-movement exercises.
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. 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 pre-school, we also offer daycare from 3 months old.
THE FIELD HOUSE
85 Mill Plain Road, Fairfield
The Field House offers programs in soccer, lacrosse, multi-sport, T-ball, and more. From a multi-sport program for young athletes, to adult pick-up lacrosse and soccer leagues, there’s something for everyone. Soccer and lacrosse programs take young athletes from the early learning stages to advanced clinics. Our Pre-K programs and camps include The Field House Academy and "Learning in Action" classes. Coaches and teachers are knowledgeable and accomplished. The Field House keeps you on the field in the off-season, and keeps you cool in the summer. It’s the place to be all year ’round.
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/ Contemporary Ballet, Break, Hip-Hop, Latin, Story Ballet, Pre-School Combo Classes, and more. Our programs are designed to motivate the novice and recreational dancer, and to inspire and push the intermediate/advanced dancer, with training appropriate for college or professionally-bound dancers. Classes conducted in our environmentally friendly facility for Pre-School through Adult students. New adult dancer? Try our Three Classes for $5 Card.
FLEUR DE LIS ACADEMY
27 Danbury Road (Route 7), 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. The Dance Academy offers superior dance and yoga instruction in a nurturing environment to encourage grace, poise, and peace, for children as young as 18 months old. Confidence, social graces, and dining etiquette are polished in our comprehensive Manners School. Sweet Soirees produces whimsical and trés chic complete parties and special events that create unforgettable memories. Professional instructors and a 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 K-12 coeducational day school in the Greens Farms section of Westport. Seven hundred students arrive each day by train, van, bus, and car from over twenty Connecticut towns. The campus borders Long Island Sound, a salt marsh, and an Audubon Woodland, enhancing the study of environmental science, K-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.
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.
HUAXIA NEW YORK CENTRAL CHINESE SCHOOL
Westchester Community College, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla
Huaxia New York Central Chinese School (HXNYC) is a not-for-profit Chinese school in greater Westchester County. The school has been at its current location at Westchester Community College (WCC) since 1999. The mission of the School is to provide an optimal and multi-lingual environment for learning Chinese language and culture for both native and non-native Chinese speakers. The School offers a curriculum spanning Pre-K to AP Chinese. Pinyin, the Chinese phonetics, and simplified Chinese characters are taught. The school offers Chinese as Second Language (CSL) classes to non-native speakers.
490-508 Westport Ave., Norwalk (Westport Town Line)
A new dance program directed by Marcello Deaguero. Intensity's state-of-the-art studio is a dancer’s dream. We thrive on creating an environment encouraging self expression. All classes are taught by professional choreographers and entertainers. From beginners to the technical dance artist, everyone will learn how to take their current dance to the next level! Intensity dance, a place to express.
1572 Post Road E., Westport (Across from the Westport Inn), Westport
Kidville has classes for every kid! Whether hopping across the Tumbl Trak in their amazing gym or rocking out to Rockin’ Railroad, their signature music class, your child will have non-stop fun and adventure while forming new friendships. Choose from classes in music, dance, gym, art, enrichment, and more! Also featured is Kidville University, their preschool alternative, as well as indoor playspace, birthday parties for children up to age 9, and a retail boutique.
LANDMARK OF RIDGEFIELD ACADEMY
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 pre-school for early learning, serving children ages 1-5 with locations in Redding (Georgetown), Ridgefield, and Westport; a place where learning is a joyful experience! Balanced curriculum offers literacy, math activities, and hands-on science through play. Children can enjoy foreign language, art, music, gym, and technology. Before/after care. CAIS accredited.
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.
43 Tokeneke Road, Darien
2 East Ave., Larchmont
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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.
THE LITTLE GYM
Post Road E., Westport
96 Danbury Road, Ridgefield
4 Corbin Drive, Darien
The Little Gym classes, for children ages 4 mos.-12 years, focus on developing motor skills, gymnastics, karate, dance, sports skills, cross training, and cheerleading. The programs are designed to build and develop children as they grow physically, emotionally, socially, cognitively.
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 over 50 instruments, and toddlers, 2s, and 3s learn to read and create rhythms and melodies–CDs and songbooks included. Fours start piano lessons, 5s continue growth in reading and piano play, 6s begin recorder, 7-10s perform musical theater, and 10-13s hone their musical theater talents in Kaleidoscope.
THE MASTERS SCHOOL
49 Clinton Ave., Dobbs Ferry
The Masters School is a co-ed day and boarding school that engages students in grades 5-12 in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. The Middle School offers single gender classes in grades 6-8, tailoring academic programs to the different learning styles of boys and girls. In grades 8-12, students benefit from the renowned Harkness table method of teaching where students take an active role in their own education to become confident and collaborative learners. Masters is conveniently reachable via car, bus, or train in Dobbs Ferry.
1700 Post Road, Fairfield
15 Corbin Drive, Darien
2109 Summer St. (Ridgeway Shopping Center, above Starbucks), Stamford
266 S. Main St., Newtown
Mathnasium is a unique learning center specializing in a math-only curriculum that is tailored specifically to each student, and employs a variety of learning modalities to help develop “Number Sense.” A student with Number Sense gains a deep understanding of math, and will be able to solve problems quickly and accurately without having to go through tedious drills and memorization. Kids don’t hate math; they hate being frustrated and confused by math.
MUSIC TOGETHER OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY
76 Walbin Court, Fairfield
Music Together is an international, award-winning program with over 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 0-5 years, while you learn how to support their musical development. We offer Mixed-Age, Babies, and 3/4 's classes. Fall registration is open now.
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 over 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 15,000 spectacular square feet of world-class gymnastics equipment, and a regionally- and nationally-recognized coaching staff. Our preschool and after-school programs allow children 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.
Serving all of Fairfield & part of New Haven Counties,
ReadingWritingCoach.com is committed to reading, writing, and creative grammar coaching. Nancy Novack's positive individualized/group instruction targets Dyslexia, language-based differences, ADD/ADHD, average and gifted learners. Programs: 1. Wilson Reading System/Orton-Gillingham for language-based differences (one-on-one coaching). 2. Columbia Reading and Writing Workshops. 3. The GrammarTeam/PunctuationPals Program, which creatively teaches proper sentence structure. Nancy Novack's professional background: certified CT teacher, Masters in Reading, Orton-Gillingham-educated, Wilson-Reading-experienced, attended Columbia University's Teachers College - Reading and Writing Project, and understands/follows Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
SOUTHFIELD CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENT
85 Old Kings Highway N., Darien
The Southfield Center for Development is a family-centered, interdisciplinary practice dedicated to providing comprehensive evaluation and care to children and adolescents not achieving their full potential. Our team of more than twenty skilled practitioners offers an integrated approach to the learning, emotional, behavioral, and medical issues that impact our children, including: academic challenges, poor organization/attention skills including AD/HD, social/emotional/behavioral challenges, speech/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. Seventy 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 12 group homes with 24/7 care for adults and children are located in Fairfield County communities.
STAMFORD TWIN RINKS
1063 Hope St., Stamford
Stamford Twin Rinks boasts two NHL-regulation-sized ice skating rinks and regular, year-round public skating sessions. Extensive hockey and skating programs, and summer camps for all ages and abilities are conducted by professional and qualified instructors. Skate Zone Pro Shop offers expert skate sharpening and a full line of hockey equipment. Four themed and decorated birthday party rooms and hostess services are available for that special party. STR is also the home of the Springdale Figure Skating Club, Springdale Ballet Academy, Ice View Sports Bar and Grill, and Legends Café. Call for more information.
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. Stepping Stones is open Tues.-Sun., 10am-5pm. Visit today!
THE MEAD SCHOOL
1095 Riverbank Road, Stamford
Founded in 1969, The Mead School is Fairfield County’s premiere progressive school, serving children from 2 years old through 8th grade, including a full-day child care program. The school exists to nurture in each child the power to create a personally meaningful life. Ideas and discoveries are embraced in an empowering community that celebrates excellence and effort. A vibrant arts environment encourages expression in all learning. The school gives children a chance to be learners, communicators, and leaders within the academic and social environs of the school.
THE TUTORING CENTER
5 River Road, Wilton
The Tutoring Center is the only after-school learning center that physically increases concentration, attention span, and focus. We use a unique method, along with intensive one-to-one instruction, to increase your child’s concentration and academic skills. We offer programs for grades Pre-K to 12 in reading, writing, math, algebra, geometry, study skills, homework, CMT/PSAT/SAT/ACT test preparation, and more. Our individualized programs start with a diagnostic assessment and test consultation. We guarantee results, and there are absolutely no contracts. Call, email, or visit us for additional information.
WESTBROOK NATURE PRESCHOOL
7 Long Ridge Road, West Redding
“Imagine a world in which children grow up with a deep understanding of the life around them…experience the joy of being in nature…and share the responsibility for caring for it.” Richard Louv. Westbrook’s trails, woods, streams, organic garden, and natural playscapes meet the child’s need for discovery, adventure, work, and play. Each child is guided toward emotional resilience, sound physical development, and a sense of reverence and wonder for life. Parent-Child, Nursery, and Kindergarten programs.
WESTPORT'S ACADEMY OF DANCE
345 Post Road W., Westport
Westport's Academy of Dance has been teaching classical ballet, modern, jazz, and tap, to children and teens for over 30 years. Our program includes classes for all ages and levels of ability, and we are excited to add hip-hop to our offerings. 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. All those passionate about dance are welcome to join our online forum at westportdance.com/blog. “Body, Spirit, and Grace Through Dance.”
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.