Come See the Difference!

Toddlertime has been educating children since 1980 but we don’t rest on our laurels. We strive to get better at what we do every single year. We understand that picking a preschool program for your child is an important and individual decision. To make sure we are the right fit, we invite you to come meet us, learn about our curriculum, our philosophy and to meet our teachers (22 of them are New Canaan parents just like you). While we strongly suggest that you visit while the children and teachers are present, but if you are unable to come during the day, we are happy to offer you an evening or weekend tour.

What People Are Saying About Us

  • Toddlertime has been a nurturing place for not only our child  but our whole family.  As a working mother, the Toddlertime team has made every effort to keep me connected to my child’s very special time at school.

    Emilie Rubinfeld, New Canaan, CT
  • When asked about nursery schools in New Canaan, I always jump at the chance to give Toddlertime my highest and most enthusiastic recommendation.  My children have attended TT from its earliest 2’s program all the way through Pre-K, so I’ve seen it all.  The teachers and administrators are passionate, gifted and masterful in early education. The professional qualifications of TT’s teachers never cease to amaze me – they have guided, challenged and encouraged my children based on their unique needs, strengths and weaknesses.  In addition to its strong core program, TT continually incorporates new specialized after school programs that inspire young minds and move energized little bodies. The strongest endorsement of all is that my kids always want to go to school!

    Susan Gelvin, New Canaan, CT
  • My kids adore Toddlertime, and so do I!  The teachers are a delight, and so dedicated to creating an enriching and positive experience. The curriculum is fun, ever-changing and challenging for the kids. My three year old walks the halls saying hello to the teachers as if she were the mayor of the school! As a parent, I appreciate how thoughtful and well-organized the directors are. They’ve made parents’ lives easier in so many ways. A few examples — the wonderfully rich variety of “after-school” options for extending the day, drop ‘n’ drive, and vacation day options. Thank you, TTNS!

    Jill LaGattuta, New Canaan, CT
  • Toddlertime is a wonderful place. The teachers are warm and caring. The children are treated with love and respect and the environment is safe, clean, fun and very welcoming. The teachers and staff pride themselves in coming up with new and innovating ideas to engage and educate their students. I wouldn’t have chosen any other nursery school for my kids!

    Sarah Casey, New Canaan, CT
  • Thank you to you and Barbara for creating such a safe and stimulating environment for our little ones. And thank you for treating each child and each family as an individual.

    It’s so important but unfortunately rare.

    Kadi Lublin, Darien, CT
  • What a wonderful time  we have had at Toddlertime Nursery School.  All of our four children have attended TTNS over a nine year span, and we cannot imagine a better place for our little ones to have had their first school experience!  Such a nurturing, safe, uplifting and enjoyable preschool environment, administered by an exceptionally talented and dedicated staff. Our children have been encouraged to learn, play and explore their amazing potential.  I cannot say enough about the wonderful teachers and staff.

    Each year we have been so fortunate as to have had teachers that have been truly committed to making the most of each day for our children, creating a positive learning environment for them to grow and enjoy!  From day one, the school owners, Barbara and Carolyn, have been completely dedicated to making TT the best that it can be for all students and their families.  Their commitment to creating the best “preschool family” around, is apparent each and every day.  Our fond memories of TT will stay with us forever.  As our youngest “graduates” from TT, we’d like to say thank you for nurturing and caring for all of our children.  TT will always hold a special place in our hearts!

    Christen Garcia and Family, New Canaan, CT
  • I just wanted to write to say how much my daughter, Giuliana, enjoyed Toddlertime camp this summer.  It was her first time being dropped off and she absolutely adored that camp. She still talks about playing dress-up, the car wash, and how much she loved her teacher, Miss Marie.  Had I known how much she would love it I would have signed her up for more than two weeks!  She keeps asking if she can go back!  I just wanted to thank you and your staff for making her first experience away from home so positive and welcoming!

    Krista DiPietro, New Canaan, CT
  • Toddlertime Summer Camp is an excellent way to spend summertime! It is very well-organized, dynamic, creative- and my kids have all had a total blast. We’ve experienced the camp from the youngest up to the Explorer Camp. My kids especially loved the themed art/science weeks, field trips and water fun. Toddlertime is a no-brainer- a fantastic fun-filled camp experience.

    Kim Barry, New Canaan, CT
  • I literally cannot say enough great things about TT. My children have attended from Social Butterflies (18 months) – 5s program and the school is our second family. From smiles and hugs every day in the office and car drop off line to the warm and loving teachers, we could not be happier with each and every year my children have experienced at the school. My son graduated from the 5s program, which was literally the best year of his young life, and he has been excelling at everything in kindergarten. He started the kindergarten year very confident academically and socially and had the easiest transition to K. The 5s program gave him a lifelong love of learning, writing, drawing, science, math, and beyond and he often says that he wants to be a teacher when he grows up because of the wonderful role models he had at TT. My 2 year old is learning her manners and having so much fun every T and TH in the butterflies and my 4 year old has blossomed into a writer and artist in her 4s class and she absolutely adores her teachers. The school also offers amazing “afters” programs and my daughter is loving her art, gym, cooking and Spanish classes!

    Melanie Keene, New Canaan, CT
  • My son graduated from TT last year and has been excelling in Kindergarten. I truly believe TT and the staff make it their mission to create an environment that is both nurturing and educational. He was already writing and exploring reading when he completed the program. Can’t say enough good things about Toddlertime!

    Anna Francese Gass, New Canaan, CT
  • We can’t say enough wonderful things about Toddlertime for now three of our children. Two have since graduated and were fully prepared to take on the challenges of Kindergarten, Their teachers would always comment on how well they were doing and how fast they adapted to their new environment. I have not doubt that Toddlertime played a huge role in that. Toddlertime has become like a fmaily to us over the years and the nurturing, love, dedication and kindness by each and every teacher is one of those priceless gifts that will benefit your child for a lifetime. 5+ stars.

    Mary Ferris, New Canaan, CT
  • My boys went to Toddlertime from the age of 18 months and two, and I could not be happier. We moved from the city and I wanted a school that valued emotional intelligence, the importance of socialization starting at an early age, and building the foundations needed to be successful in school. The boys love/loved it; I loved it as did the rest of my family (who was always included in every way).

    Devon Suozzi, New Canaan, CT
  • Your program is just so great – loving and playful. It just teaches them so much about confidence, creativity, play, friendship, manners, respect — just the absolute best village anyone could ask for.  You all take such love and care to not only teach our kids the basics and fundamentals, but to create caring people who will become functional, capable adults.

    Brooke Santulli, New Canaan, CT
  • Our twin girls started at Toddlertime when they were 18mo in the summer camp program. As we near the completion of the 3’s program, we enthusiastically wait for another fun summer of camp before we head into our 4th year. The time spent at Toddlertime has been nothing short of wonderful. The staff are friendly, enthusiastic and always happy to assist in any situation. They are well qualified teachers who have a gentle and caring, yet affirmative approach to their students. I would recommend Toddlertime to any parent who wanted a well-rounded educational beginning for their child as well as a fun and joyful experience.

    Martha and Edward Bases, New Canaan, CT
  • Toddlertime was such a nurturing place for my children to attend preschool. They always enjoyed going to school every day with the fabulous staff welcoming them with their friendly dispositions. Since they are now in elementary school, I’ve seen just how much they learned during their time at Toddlertime, and they were beyond prepared for kindergarten. We loved the consistency of the schedules, the varied activities offered and the constant communication to parents. We were so sad to leave and will always have fond memories of our time there that went by all too quickly.

    Sarah Koch, New Canaan, CT
  • We want to thank you all for such a fantastic summer camp experience. You all put your heart and soul into the program, and it certainly shows.

    Jordan and Dana Rema, New York City
  • Words cannot express how much we have loved our time at this school. My daughter is constantly coming home full of excitement over something new she learned in class that day. The teaching staff is creative, fun and truly care about their students. I feel so fortunate to have found such a caring, nurturing environment.

    Melissa Coffman, New Canaan, CT
  • I just wanted to send you a note to say thank you to you and the rest of your staff for helping to make Nicholas’s first day go as well as we could expect. I am thrilled with the way that you handled his separation difficulties – from having extra staff members on hand to assist the children during a difficult time to thinking of “out of the box” distractions. Having Nicholas meet Bandit and go on the playground were both brilliant ideas on how to distract him. Nicholas had evidently gathered some acorns on the playground and put them in his backpack, and he was SO PROUD of them and played with them for a good half hour after we got home. I feel completely secure that he is in good hands, and I know he is going to love school once he gets into the routine.

    Kristy Chattaway, Darien, CT
  • Thank you so much for welcoming us with such sincerity and warmth today. As a new 2’s parent and mom whose first time it was at the rodeo, your reassurance and kindness were music to my/my husband’s ears. Thank you so much to you and everyone at Toddlertime for all the effort you put into all you do for our children. As a ten-year classroom teacher, I totally appreciate and understand the behind the scenes prep and care that goes into each synchronized moment!

    Caitlyn Bertoncin, Pound Ridge, NY
  • “Thank you to you and Barbara for creating such a safe and stimulating environment for our little ones. And thank you for treating each child and each family as an individual.”

    KADI LUBLIN

    KADI LUBLIN

Enrollment Process

admissions-process

Priority registration for current families and alumni who graduated begins on November 1st. General registration begins December 1st. Once you have made the decision to apply, here’s a checklist to guide you through the process:

  • Submit application along with a non-refundable $100 enrollment fee which covers all family programs, field trips and a class photo.
  • As soon as we can confirm your placement, you will receive a contract via email.
  • Return your contract and enrollment deposit within 7 days to secure spot.

Toddlertime welcomes applications from interested families on a rolling year-round basis space permitting. New applicants will be enrolled based on timing of application, child’s age and gender ratio as well as commitment to our preschool program.