Age appropriate activities that give your child academic and social learning experiences that are fun, hands-on, and play-based. 

Learning through doing. But don't tell the kids.
They just think they're having fun.


A positive, first school experience that you and your child will always remember.



A traditional, play-based curriculum that stimulates your child's natural love for learning through daily exposure to games, music and movement, creative expression, science and math activities. Lessons follow the CT Preschool Framework goals of Early Childhood Development and is fully licensed by the State of Connecticut.


Most classes are 2 hrs and 30 min long and our school year runs from September to mid-June. A 1:8 teacher-student ratio per class allows for consistent attention. Daily communication, weekly newsletters, and parent-teacher conferences are provided to keep you up to date on your child's progress, behavior, and socialization.


Each class is taught by a teaching team. A dedicated and experienced staff that is certified in adult and child CPR, First Aid, Epi Pen and Medication Administration they are trustworthy people who nurture children, and have gained experience by helping hundreds of children. 


Our classroom is decorated with artwork and filled with toys and learning materials. There is lots of room for hand-on exploration and our space extends outdoors into a newly renovated playground that offers space to climb, run, ride tricycles and scooters and explore nature.

Parental Involvement

Parents are encouraged to be involved in their child’s education. You can volunteer in the classroom, share special talents, participate in field trips, help with special events and attend parent-teacher conferences.  We review our program yearly based on parental feedback.

Safe & Secure

Conveniently located within the United Church of Christ, Southbury, both the church building and self-contained classroom (including two child-sized bathrooms) are locked and secure during class time. The playground is located right outside the classroom's back door and fenced in.


A play-based program that will stimulate your child's natural love for learning.

Hands-on active exploration and discovery.


Classes for 3 yr olds

This program is a 2 or 3 day per week, 2 hr and 30 min. a day learning experience.

Our program is play-based, emphasizing your child's freedom to engage in self-directed, imaginative play, both indoors and out, within the structure of a comforting routine.

Class times:
Tue/Thur 9 - 11:30 am or
Tue/Thur 12:30 - 3 pm or
Tue/Wed/Thur 12:30 - 3 pm

Classes for 4 yr olds

This program is a 3 day per week, 2 hr and 30 min a day learning experience.

Our program introduces kindergarten readiness skills while emphasizing your child's freedom to engage in self-directed, imaginative play, both indoors and out, within the structure of a comforting routine.

Class times:
Mon/Wed/Fri 9 - 11:30 am or
Tue/Wed/Thur 12:30 - 3 pm

Extended Day for 4 yr olds

This program meets 3 days per week, once for 2 hr and 30 min and twice for 5 hrs. The extended time will give your child:

  • A relaxed lunch time with their classmates
  • Added math and science experiences
  • Added creative experiences
  • Added gross motor experiences
  • Added time to work on Kindergarten Readiness skills
  • More time to play and be a kid

Class time:
Mon/Fri 9 am - 2 pm & Wed 9 - 11:30 am


Program highlights

Creative free play
Building fine and gross motor skills
Learning to participate and get along in social groups
Circle time with stories and songs
Exploration, discovery, and problem-solving through physical and creative play
Strengthening the foundation for literacy and numeracy through story-telling and games
Outdoor play
Classroom visitors, special activities, and planned field trips

Learning Centers

Dramatic Play
Building Blocks
Creative Expression/Art
Sensory/Touch Table


A dedicated and experienced staff.

Your child's happiness, education, and self-esteem are their top priorities.


Your child is taught by a teaching team -  Patricia Metzger, our teaching director, Deborah Bennard, our teacher and Susann Peluso, our teacher's aide. Trustworthy people who nurture children, they have gained experience by helping hundreds of children. Our teachers are skilled at creating an environment where your child is encouraged to think and ask questions, helping to build your child's self-confidence.

All staff that is certified in adult and child CPR, First Aid, Epi Pen Administration and Medication Administration.

Have a question? Please ask. We are ready to be a resource for your support and educational needs. You can be assured we'll handle any questions or concerns professionally and, of course, privately.




Flexible and affordable programs.

All students and families are welcome to visit before
enrolling at our school and may begin any time throughout the year.


All prices are per school year. Mid-term enrollments are billed on a pro rated basis for the remaining weeks in the school year.

If a family has a second child enrolled in the preschool, there will be a 10% discount on whichever child has the lowest total tuition.  If that child is enrolled in more than one session, the child's first session will receive the 10% discount.

Tuition Fee
2 day programs: $1600
3 day programs: $2150
3 day extended day program: $3500

Registration Fee
$75 per child



It helps to start the enrollment process early but your child should be 3 years old by December 31st and potty-trained before classes start.

We start accepting students 9 months before the school year starts. Current students, their siblings, and members of the United Church of Christ, Southbury register in December. In January, we open enrollment to the public. Just request, fill out, and send in a registration form along with the appropriate fee. Mid-session inquires and registrations are always welcome.

While most families complete registration during the winter months, no entrance requirements and a rolling admissions policy means spots are filled on a first-come first-served basis. We suggest that families register as early as possible, as we begin to fill seats immediately.

We invite you to visit the classroom for a tour and to pick up a registration packet. If a class is already filled, we'll let you know and put your name on a waiting list.



Think The Preschool Center is a good fit for your child? We’d love to hear from you.

Patricia Metzger, Teaching Director
283 Main Street North
Southbury, CT 06488