1. How old are the children you provide care for?
We welcome children ages six weeks to 5 years in four age-appropriate programs: infants, toddlers, twos, and pre-kindergarten.
2. How will you help my child in the transition to Kindergarten?
Our inquiry-based curriculum aligns with Connecticut Early Learning and Development and National Common Core State Standards. This is not a requirement for childcare centers in Connecticut, but we believe it’s the right thing to do to help your child
make the successful transition to Kindergarten and beyond.
Our curriculum is built around how children learn—by investigating. We encourage a wide range of activities, helping children gain information, solve problems, prove assumptions and collect data in ways that help them understand not just what
they learn, but how they learn it. Our goal is to help your child become a happy and confident seeker of knowledge and skill across all domains of development through teaching that meets the needs of all learners.
For additional details, please visit Our Philosophy & Goals
and Our Curriculum.
3. What are your safety and security standards?
A learning environment where your child is physically and emotionally secure begins and ends with the very best in safety. This means we go beyond the CT licensing requirements. We’ve invested in an extensive video security system and only authorized access to the school is allowed. You can view our comprehensive Safety and Security standards here
4. What are your hours of operation?
We are open from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm.
5. What is your school’s approach to diversity?
Strong Start is respectful of the cultural diversity that enriches life in the 21st century. We welcome children of all backgrounds.
6. What is the square footage devoted to each child?
The state of Connecticut mandates that early care centers must offer a minimum of 35 square feet per child. At Strong Start, we deliberately allocate as much space as possible per child, well in excess of state requirements. More space allows for better learning experiences.
7. What is your teacher-to-child ratio?
Our ratio for infant and toddler care is 2 teachers to 8 children, and pre-k class ratio is 2 teachers to 18 children during the instructional part of the day. These ratios allow us to focus on the individual needs of each child. We also have additional support staff available as needed.
8. What is your process for background checks on teachers and staff members?
All faculty, staff and regular visitors who interact with the children are fingerprinted and subject to thorough criminal record checks, sex offender searches and social security verification.
9. What are your teacher qualifications?
We are committed to providing rewarding and engaging experiences for our entire staff—happy teachers result in happy children. At minimum, all teachers have a degree in Early Childhood Education or related field with credits in early childhood education. Our Teacher Assistants have either a Child Development Associate credential, college certificate or degree in early childhood education. All staff have also completed training mandated by the state of Connecticut as well as our own training procedures. Professional development also plays a significant role in our compensation structure for teachers and staff. Our commitment to their happiness and fulfillment results in the same for your child.
10. Is there a playground on-site?
Strong Start has two developmentally-appropriate playground and equipment selected to meet safety and physical education standards.
11. Do you have an indoor play space for inclement weather?
We are one of the only early care and education centers to have our own dedicated indoor gym. At approximately 1,000 square feet, the space features kid-friendly rubberized flooring and gives us the flexibility to keep your child physically active regardless
of the weather. We also use our gym for school performances, family events and other larger group activities.
12. Are there outside consultants to provide additional insights?
Strong Start works with a nurse consultant and education consultant, both of whom who make regular visits to provide guidance and advice on program quality and professional development. These valuable insights help ensure that our program remains continually
up-to-date on best practices and research for the benefit of your child.
13. Are all staff trained in CPR and First Aid?
Yes. In addition, all staff are required to participate in CPR and First Aid training. They also have training in medication management.
14. How do you manage children’s behavior?
We use a consistent, positive behavior support system designed to teach children self-regulation and build their capacity for making good choices. Your child learns to be safe, kind to others, and responsible for his or her own behavior.
15. How can I arrange a tour?