PRESCHOOL (2-5 Years)

Social Emotional Skills Developed Now Create a Positive, Life-Long Impact

PRESCHOOL (2-5 Years)

Social Emotional Skills Developed Now Create a Positive, Life-Long Impact

AM preschool for part-time preschoolers

Little Learner Children’s Academy offers AM preschool for part-time preschoolers! AM class runs from 8:45 to 11:45.(times can vary depending on location) The preschool program is open to children between the ages of (older 2) 3 – 5 years old. Enrollment begins each year as early as January. The program starts after Labor Day. Limited space is available. Please call (888) 623–3726 to schedule a tour.
Our AM preschool follows the same emergent curriculum as the rest of the school. We begin by introducing themes and allowing the interests/inquiries of the children to guide the rest of our planning.
We plan a variety of activities and staged play for our students to explore with a balance of language, sensory, fine and gross motor, art, math, music, science, cognitive, and social-emotional concepts.
Our program is flexible, and you may choose your child’s schedule 5 days Monday-Fri, 3 days Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or 2 days Tuesday and Thursday. Times are 8:45-11:45. We follow the district calendar and are closed the same days the district is closed.
Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Joining our part-time preschool program is a great way to become part of the Little Learner Children’s Academy community. Once you are a current family, you can join the priority waitlist as a current family for any future Little Learner sibling registration. All children entering Kindergarten in the fall will attend our preschool graduation ceremony.

Program requirements:

  • Meet and greet your teacher is mandatory before school starts.
  • All paperwork must be handed in to start preschool on the meet and greet day for your child to start on the 1st day.
  • Each child will receive a supply list and snack calendar.
  • Parent volunteer days.
  • Parent teacher conference to discuss progress reports.

We’ll Help Your Child Further Develop Their Independence and Boost Their Confidence

Transition time before moving on to each activity, follow structured, confidence-boosting activities. This routine nurtures your little learner’s newfound sense of self. Your child feels comfortable knowing what to expect next.

Examples of confidence-boosting activities include:

  • Picking up their dishes after a family-style lunch
  • Taking turns handing out plates and handing out cups
  • Changing shoes from indoor shoes to outdoor shoes

More Self-Help Skills to Practice Every Day

A big part of being two years old is becoming more self-sufficient. Your little learner will be eager to be doing things on his or her own! Here are a few things we will be encouraging your child to do by themselves every day: 

  • Pulling up and down their pants
  • Drinking from a cup without a lid
  • Putting on/off their coat
  • Washing their hands
  • Putting on/taking off their shoes
  • Using their words
  • Using fork/spoon

It's Time: All Kids Go Potty! We’ll Teach Them How

It’s a good time for your child to learn to use the potty. we work closely with you and encourage your child with toilet training at school too. Note to parents: there is no diaper changing station in the 2 year-old room.

Creative Projects That Are Fun and Expressive

When children are expressing themselves through art, they tend to be messy! We give your child free reign to fully self-express and clean up the mess afterward. Through coloring, painting, and creating arts and crafts, your child is exploring and having fun.

An Exploratory Start to Your Child's Education

We will work with ABC’s, 123’s, shapes, and colors. We will encourage the children to learn to identify as much as possible. Many daily activities will go on in the classroom, and include:

  • Being read to
  • Learning new songs
  • Learning from flashcards
  • Simple sign language 
  • Simple Spanish
  • Practicing safely with scissors
  • Exploring with sensory activities such as water, textures, shaving cream, goop, etc.

Your Child's Curriculum Portfolio Tailored to Their Age and Abilities

Curriculum Portfolios are specifically designed to age and have many different activities that measure your child’s skill level. This way, teachers keep track of your child’s progress throughout the year, measure their developing skills, and can better guide and assist in their learning process. 

Parent-Teacher Conferences Twice a Year

Although ready to discuss any concerns at any time, parent-teacher conferences take place twice a year. In the spring and fall, you can expect an in-depth discussion on your child’s progress; you can see how far they have come and where they are going.

A Loving Feel with Family Photos in the Classroom

We hang your family photo on our “Family Tree” in the classroom. This sweet touch is a comforting element for your child, who will love seeing the faces of those they love in this thoughtful, warm-hearted atmosphere.

Each Child Individually Shines as "Star of the Week"

The “star of the week” shines like a real star while showing a poster of their creation. Every child gets a chance to put together a sign, full of pictures, stickers, and decoration, describing their beloved family members, pets, favorite vacations, etc. with photos, stickers, and embellishments.

Helping You Eliminate the Pacifier

We understand that every child is different. If your child is still taking a pacifier, we will help you break the habit. We keep you posted of the progress, and hopefully, together we can help eliminate this habit.

Adorable Daily Take-Home Artwork and Projects

Cherish the keepsakes created in the classroom with take-home paintings, colorings, collages, and more. For your ease and convenience, your child has a folder in class with all their completed daily projects.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle with Classroom "Wish Lists"

Put your household trash to good use! Donate household items like books, glass bottles, or toilet paper rolls, crafts. These items will be used for projects throughout the year. Other examples of things for reuse in classroom projects are:

  • Brown paper bags
  • Sequins
  • Sewing items
  • Old clothing for dress-up
  • Paper, etc.

Book Concepts and Reasoning Skills

Children need to learn what a title, an author, and an illustrator are when introducing new books to them. As well as introducing book concepts to your child, we will help them develop judgment and reasoning as they explore:

  • What is going on in the story, the plot, and the theme of the book
  • How the story develops and unravels, with key turning points in the story
  • Where the story takes place 
  • Who the main characters are, and any supporting characters
  • Why any events are happening in the book and the natural consequences of the events

An Introduction to Spanish

With Spanish vocabulary index cards, children learn the colors, numbers, shapes, days of the week, and songs in Spanish. We take advantage of every little opportunity to teach this second language to your child.

Developing Age-Appropriate Computer Skills

With smartboards in every classroom, children get exposure to technology and how this tool enhances their learning. Through fun and interactive games, your child learns computer skills like controlling the cursor on the screen and clicking and dragging objects. In addition to developing digital skills, computer time helps your child by:

  • Further teaching numbers and letters
  • Promoting active play
  • Learning about animals and other interests
  • Encouraging creativity

A Fun Start to Writing Skills with "The Letter of the Week"

Children take turns working on “the letter of the week.” They trace it, take it home, decorate it, and glue to it anything that begins with that letter. Your child looks forward to “letter of the week” with excitement!

Learning in Circle Time Every Day

Children can’t wait for circle time every morning: a chance to greet and be with their friends. As well as developing social skills, circle time is also an opportunity for them to improve their critical thinking. We help them learn language, listening, and math as they explore:

  • Days of the week, and what day it is
  • Different months and seasons of the year
  • Colors and shapes with a variety of toys and props
  • Letters and sounds, the basics of phonetics, and sounding out words
  • Math concepts as we practice counting, identifying numbers, adding and subtracting
  • Telling the time

Learning to Love You More with the "Star Of The Week"

During circle time, the “star of the week” shines like a real star while showing a poster of their creation. Every child gets a chance to put together a sign, full of pictures, stickers, and decoration, describing their beloved family members, pets, favorite vacations, etc. with photos, stickers, and embellishments. 

Inspiring Curiosity and Community with Weekly Show and Tell:

Every Friday we have show-and-tell. With themes like letters and colors, children take turns bringing an object to show their friends. This weekly discussion will help your child learn: 

  • Listening skills
  • Language skills
  • Reasoning as they ask questions
  • How to take turns 
  • Social skills in conversation like talking and listening to each other
  • Community skills such as tolerance, acceptance, encouragement, and respect

Getting to Know Our Families with "The Family Tree"

We encourage our little learners to bring a family picture to proudly display on our Family Tree Board. Children get to know each other and love to see their loving family’s faces every day.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle with Classroom "Wish Lists"

Put your household trash to good use! Donate household items like books, glass bottles, or toilet paper rolls, crafts. These items will be used for projects throughout the year. Other examples of things for reuse in classroom projects are:

  • Brown paper bags
  • Sequins
  • Sewing items
  • Old clothing for dress-up
  • Paper, etc. 

Building Vocabulary and Reading Skills

Children identify and pronounce words with our vocabulary index cards every day. Your child will learn ten words and then be able to read simple sentences! Your child further develops reading skills daily by:
  • Sounding out each letter
  • Reading letters as one word
  • Matching games (match the words), helping them identify these words
  •  Recognizing sight words

(Frequently Asked Questions)

Items needed for our classroom:

  1. Labeled bookbag
  2. Change of clothes
  3. Family photo
  4. Diaper and wipe if not potty trained

*We accept children who are not potty trained*

PARENT reviews

"I know my daughter is safe"
She is always clean and happy when I pick up. I see her getting spoiled by the teachers. They work with her on walking and really focus on giving her quality education. I know my daughter is safe, clean, happy, loved and on the road to a positive future. I love little learners and would never work at a place that I wouldn't trust my child to attend.
Ms. Dodge
"The facilities are clean, and the staff are amazing. "
Little Learner's is a great place to send your children. The facilities are clean, and the staff are amazing. The curriculum includes getting you child ready for kindergarten which includes intro to Spanish and reading along with sight words. You can't ask for a better preschool and daycare. Little Learner's also accepts children who aren't potty trained and will help you get your child ready to be potty trained and will work with you.
Spudikk P.
"The teachers are amazing, and the kids all seem happy."
My son Brantley is 2 and my daughter paisley is about to be 1 and they go here and they both love it! The teachers are amazing, and the kids all seem happy. My kids come home so happy and my son has learned so much since going there :).
Amber M.

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now enrolling for
2020 - 2021 school year

2 - 5 Years

2, 3, and 5 day full day preschool starts august 17th
AM preschool 8:45 – 11:45
starts after labor day

location varies

5 to 12 Years

we provide school age children with a safe & fun learning enviroment.
we provide:
  • before & after school care
  • transportation
  • drop in care
  • homework help
  • healthy snacks
  • physical activities & so much more

call us for more information

BRANFORD – 203-488-5437

CHESHIRE – 203-271-1147

WALLINGFORD – 203-269-5437