Our Philosophy

Since 1957, Connecticut Friends School has offered a play-based, child centered preschool program where children blossom under the care and guidance of nurturing, experienced teachers. CFS offers a responsive program that focuses on each child and customizes program, curriculum and projects based on each unique group of children.

In the Friends tradition, our peaceful and nurturing environment inspires children to become confident, empathetic, creative and capable. Our curriculum fosters critical thinking and encourages children to view themselves as problem-solvers.

Education of the Whole Child

Focus is on cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. Connecticut Friends School meets children where they are developmentally and provides age-appropriate challenges and opportunities for individualized growth.

Calm, Peaceful Atmosphere

Teachers set the tone for a warm, engaging early childhood community. While the classrooms are full of life and energy, Connecticut Friends School aims to be a haven from the commercialism and busy-ness of the modern world.

Experiential Learning

Language development, mathematical concepts and critical thinking are all fostered and developed through dramatic play, manipulatives, open art, as well as sensory experiences, reading, music and exploration of nature.

Culture of Respect

Children are valued as individuals and careful attention is paid to understanding and respecting each child. Children learn empathy and compassion for others.

Program Enrichments

Special presentations and performances, music and yoga.

Admissions Tours

We invite you to visit during our school day. We believe this is the best way to get a sense of what makes our school special. To schedule a tour of Connecticut Friends School please contact Nicole Ariniello by either calling the Connecticut Friends School office: 203-762-9860 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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