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About Us

Our mission is to promote the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of each child. We nurture children’s innate love of learning, awaken their curiosity and encourage their creativity through our caring, developmentally appropriate and challenging programs. Christ Church Nursery School strives to deepen a child’s understanding of spiritual values such as kindness, mutual respect and cooperation. When children leave our school we believe they will be independent thinkers, risk takers and good friends who will grow up to make a difference in the world.

Our Curriculum

Learning through play is at the heart of the CCNS experience. Our emergent-based curriculum, inspired by the philosophy of Reggio Emilia, builds upon children’s natural curiosity and interests. Skilled teachers carefully observe their students at play, responding, extending and guiding towards new learning. When a topic of interest lends itself to further exploration, teachers and students work together to plan out a more robust project of study. Students ask questions, gather resources, conduct “fieldwork,” document their findings and report on their new discoveries. This "project approach"delivers on important learning goals while deeply engaging children, building motivation for continued questioning, and fostering a life-long love of learning and exploration.

All learning experiences at CCNS are planned to meet the goals and performance standards of the Connecticut Early Learn and Development Standards (CT ELDS). This document, with its guiding principles, is at the center of our curriculum as it provides developmental expectations across the eight key domains: social and emotional development, physical and health development, language and literacy, creative arts, mathematics, science, cognition and social studies. The CT ELDS is a publication of the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood and is designed to articulate with the National Common Core Standards that are in place in all pubic and approved independent schools in Connecticut.

THE PROJECT APPROACH

The Project Approach refers to a set of teaching strategies that enable teachers to guide students through real-world topics. Projects have a complex but flexible framework within which children explore, follow inquiry, and build new knowledge.

THE HOUSE PROJECT

A reading of The Three Pigs led to an in-depth study of houses spanning several weeks. The excitement and enthusiasm of the children offered the teachers the opportunity to integrate many areas of learning including literacy, math, social studies, STEM and social skills.
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THE BRIDGE PROJECT

What started out as open-ended block play led to an in-depth study of bridges. By then end of the study, children were true experts on the subject, teaching others about suspension cables, the mechanics of a draw bridge and why bridges are so necessary in our lives.
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  • We have loved our time at CCNS. The teachers, director, staff, and parents make up this wonderful community that you want to be a part of. My children can't wait to come to school each day. I think that says it all!

    Megan Morrell

    I had each of my three sons attend the Connecting program at Christ Church. I am so happy I did! It was a wonderful, age appropriate year for each of them and gave just a little more time to develop and mature. They all have such happy memories of the Connecting years. There is simply no downside to the Connecting Program. My oldest two sons are now in 7th and 4th grades respectively and each is doing fantastic academically, leaders among their peers. My youngest son is now in Kindergarten, loves school and is absorbing everything without feeling overwhelmed. I highly recommend the Connecting program to anyone with a late birthday child. You will never regret it

    Melissa Santangelo

    I have had 3 children attend CCNS (my youngest is currently a student), and I can’t say enough great things about the school. My kids are very different from one another, yet they have each had their own amazing experiences. They all loved their teachers, and truly enjoyed going to school every day. There is a great parent community, and every single person who works at the school cares about you and your children. We couldn’t be happier!

    Nicole Kwazniewski

  • We have loved our time at CCNS. The teachers, director, staff, and parents make up this wonderful community that you want to be a part of. My children can't wait to come to school each day. I think that says it all!

    Megan Morrell

    I had each of my three sons attend the Connecting program at Christ Church. I am so happy I did! It was a wonderful, age appropriate year for each of them and gave just a little more time to develop and mature. They all have such happy memories of the Connecting years. There is simply no downside to the Connecting Program. My oldest two sons are now in 7th and 4th grades respectively and each is doing fantastic academically, leaders among their peers. My youngest son is now in Kindergarten, loves school and is absorbing everything without feeling overwhelmed. I highly recommend the Connecting program to anyone with a late birthday child. You will never regret it

    Melissa Santangelo

    I have had 3 children attend CCNS (my youngest is currently a student), and I can’t say enough great things about the school. My kids are very different from one another, yet they have each had their own amazing experiences. They all loved their teachers, and truly enjoyed going to school every day. There is a great parent community, and every single person who works at the school cares about you and your children. We couldn’t be happier!

    Nicole Kwazniewski

  • My son's birthday is in June, not to mention bright and mature, so I was hesitant to choose the Connecting year for him. What I was looking for was an extra year to build confidence and solidify his skills, so when he went on to a bigger classroom with less teacher support he would be able to independently and assuredly complete all the tasks presented to him. I ended up choosing this path after careful consultation with his 4s teachers, my husband, and endless amounts of research and reading on the topic. My decision to give him an extra year has been more than I could have expected. His confidence has grown and he has learned so much more than I could have imagined in a year. The small class size and supportive teacher dynamic allowed him to develop social and academic skills in addition to fostering his independence in ways that will affect his learning for many years to come, and for this I am very thankful.

    Cait Long

    We LOVE the 2’s program and couldn't be happier with our daughter’s amazing teachers Pam and Colleen. Livi has evolved so much since she started at ccns!

    Kim Lake Ford

    When I first enrolled my two-year old daughter at CCNS she did not adjust well. As a first time parent, I was concerned and very seriously considered pulling her out of the program. During these first very tough weeks, the teachers and the administrators at CCNS were nothing short of extraordinary. They went the extra mile to make my daughter feel comfortable by providing her with personalized attention and care, which gave me the confidence to keep her enrolled. A short while later, my daughter can’t wait to go to school and she adores her classmates and teachers. I would strongly recommend this school and have seen firsthand that its teachers love what they do, care about each student, and strive to create a fun-filled educational environment each day.

    Caroline Russo

  • Connecting was a wonderful experience for our 5 year old son. He enjoyed a great class dynamic led by amazing teachers which was a wonderful environment for him to grow socially. Now that he is halfway through kindergarten we have observed how strong Connecting was academically and reinforced our decision. We are excited for our daughter to experience Connecting next year!

    Laura Daniel

    We would highly recommend the Connecting program. It gave our son the time and tools to strengthen self confidence, build awareness and grow socially and emotionally. He was more than ready for Kindergarten.

    Victoria Finnerty

    I’d like to take a moment to share my experience of the CCNS Connecting class. We were fortunate to have both of our sons take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and because of this we have two years of positive memories to take from it. Both of my boys are very different and both thrived emotionally, mentally, physically and socially. They established a solid foundation of the educational system and have built upon some great experiences. When each child began Kindergarten they were on top of everything and ready for all to come!

    Tricia Stevens

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