A Guide to Daycares, Preschools, & Private Schools in Fairfield County

daycares, preschools, and private schools

Education might be the most valuable thing we can provide for our children. With so many options out there, it’s hard to know what may be the best fit since each child grows and learns in a unique way. We’ve compiled our fifth annual Guide to Daycares, Preschools, & Private Schools in Fairfield County. We hope to provide you the opportunity to research the perfect fit for your family’s needs. We are thrilled to provide this resource whether you choose private, public, religious affiliation, or otherwise. Please support our sponsors! 


Bright Horizons

Bright Horizons offers care for children from 6 weeks to 6 years and provides age-appropriate programs for each age and stage. The early years are a treasured time — and they make sure they’re full of learning and fun! They’re here to provide experiences that capture the joys of childhood while protecting each child’s well-being, nurturing their individual development, and paving the way for success in school and life. The preschool program is designed to give each child complete confidence in every aspect of their experience at Bright Horizons. From health and safety to ready-for-school curriculum to the full support of experienced teachers. Just as important, their program is based on what research says best prepares children for kindergarten, and all the big steps ahead.


The Play Space
Uniquely designed for learners ages 1-4, The Play Space provides a science-backed nurturing learning environment that embraces a young child’s natural desire to play to develop socially, physically, emotionally, and cognitively under the care and guidance of highly trained professionals and within a safe, all-welcoming environment.


School Days Preschool is a preschool program offering education for children ages 3, 4, and Pre-K 5.  Their Connecticut Certified teachers offer a quality education while also providing a nurturing environment for all children. They establish a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning for your child.

Mention Fairfield County Mom and receive $50 off registration.


KIng School

At King School, they don’t believe the smartest person in the room is the one with all the answers; it’s the one with all the questions. They welcome the curious ones who aren’t afraid to ask why, to try something new, to get it wrong before they get it right. They look for open minds and courageous thinking. They believe in the power of wonder. This begins with students becoming agents in their learning. When students are exploring, reflecting, questioning, evaluating, making connections — and teachers are creating and guiding these moments of discovery — students are truly learning. This is what is called inquiry-based learning and what King does at every grade level and in every discipline. Students develop a research mindset and apply that approach to all subjects. From discovering the world around them in pre-kindergarten to crafting complex and multidisciplinary senior projects, King students embrace learning through discovery, exploration, and hands-on experiences. Every aspect of the King experience prioritizes and optimizes engagement — from the wide variety of active, immersive learning experiences to intentional efforts to reach every student. True engagement at King is the entire community’s commitment to excellence in learning. They believe in the power of community that celebrates multiple backgrounds and perspectives. Students come from 40 different towns. They are a global community with more than 70 countries represented. There is no one type of student at King. Students have multiple interests and the school offers opportunities to explore them. They know that wondering minds go further. The world is rapidly changing; they might not know what the future will bring, but they know they’ll be ready to succeed and better prepared to better the world!


New Canaan Country School is a co-ed, independent day school for students in Pre-K (ages 3 & 4) through Grade 9 living in Westchester and Fairfield Counties. Graduates excel at top day, boarding, and public secondary schools and lead lives of impact and purpose. For more information, please visit @nccountryschool or countryschool.net. For a list of upcoming admissions events, please visit countryschool.net/visit.


From the one’s program to a licensed kindergarten class, Green’s Farms Nursery School provides a joyful learning environment that celebrates individualized, developmentally appropriate learning through play. Brand new, light-filled, spacious classrooms are whimsically appointed, setting the stage for rich, meaningful learning experiences guided by nurturing, experienced early childhood education professionals. Join them for a beautiful new chapter in 2023-24!


Breathe in and opt out. An outstanding education isn’t about dishing out mounds of homework every night or scoring a few tenths of a point higher. Harvey knows that a great education has always led to greater possibilities, but it doesn’t have to be a physically, emotionally, and intellectually exhaustive race. At The Harvey School, students love coming to school. They are engaged in the classroom, form strong relationships with their teachers and peers, and challenge themselves. With their commitment to small class sizes, their welcoming and diverse community cultivates each student’s strengths through academics, the arts, athletics, community service, and global understanding. They personalize each student’s educational journey to be as unique as they are. Because there’s nothing more powerful than a student who believes they can make a difference in the world. Located in Katonah, NY, Harvey is a college-preparatory school for grades 6 through 12 with 5-day boarding in grades 9-12.


Christ Church
CCNS is a play-based and nature-focused program. It is their goal to help children develop natural curiosity and respect for the environment by providing opportunities for them to play and learn through interactions with nature whenever possible. Social, emotional, and pre-academic skills are taught in a playful and developmentally appropriate manner that correlates with the interests of the children. Their program offers science, music, and Spanish as part of the regular school day.


United Methodist Preschool, located conveniently on South Avenue in New Canaan, CT provides an enriching, hands-on, play-based preschool experience for children ages 2-5. At UMPS, they understand and respect the importance of the early years in shaping confident and kind individuals. Their dedicated teachers foster a caring environment that encourages children to develop a sense of responsibility, creative self-expression, confidence, and compassion. Their innovative S.T.E.A.M. Makerspace runs on child-driven creativity and curiosity. In this space, they work on long-term projects and can imagine, construct, improve, dismantle, and redesign. UMPS is a non-profit, NAEYC-accredited preschool.


Southport School
The Southport School (TSS) is an independent day school for neurodiverse children in grades 2-8 with language-based learning differences, like dyslexia and attention issues. Since its inception in 1984, TSS has remained dedicated to creating transformative educational experiences for students that recognize individual strengths, promote independent thinking, develop self-esteem and self-advocacy, and support a successful transition for continued academic achievement. The Southport School provides a supportive, non-traditional environment with small class sizes for students. Students are championed by a student-focused expert faculty that uses research and evidence-based approaches. TSS serves 122 students from neighboring communities in Connecticut and New York.


Villa Maria
Since 1973, Villa Maria has created an inclusive community where students with diverse learning profiles exercise their curiosity and imagination as they develop the skills leading to academic, social, and emotional growth. Their students have diagnoses that include language-based learning disorders, auditory processing disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, ASD, and ADHD.


Eagle HIll

Eagle Hill School develops life-changing academic skills, self-confidence, and character in students diagnosed with language-based learning differences. As parents of children with learning differences, they know that your family’s educational journey may not have been easy. Their admissions office aims to learn more about your child – where their academic strengths and weaknesses are, where they have found success at school, and how a personalized education program can help them progress academically and socially. Contact Eagle Hill and join us for a virtual open house as a first step to learning more about applying to Eagle Hill.


St. Thomas Aquinas

Founded in 1921 and located in Fairfield, Connecticut, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School strives for academic excellence in a faith-filled Catholic environment that encourages children from Pre-K3 through 8th grade to reach their full potential and to become lifelong learners. By word and example, they teach students to model Christ’s message of love. “The St. Thomas Aquinas community is sincerely committed to the total development and well-being of the kids. The good feelings here are infectious!” – Joseph, a current St. Thomas parent. Visit St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic school and experience the amazing community of families, students, and faculty.



Hopkins is an independent, gender-inclusive, college-preparatory day school for grades 7-12. Located on a 108-acre campus overlooking New Haven, the School takes pride in its distinguished faculty and dedicated staff. Students who need and love a challenge flourish at Hopkins. They are a hub of intellectual curiosity where families, students, and invested educators work together in our collective pursuit of excellence.


Christian Heritage School
Christian Heritage School is a K-12 Christian school located in Trumbull, Connecticut. CHS was founded in 1977 to assist parents in providing their children with a robust education infused with a God-centered world and life view. What often brings families to Christian Heritage School is the appeal of a welcoming community and an academic college-preparatory program with depth – where students are challenged each day to reason critically, take risks, dig deep, and respond biblically. The distinction of CHS is that their faith in Jesus Christ is the catalyst for excellence in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in the arts. They have been open 5 days a week for in-person instruction and welcome you to visit for an on-campus tour. Come see the difference at CHS!


EF Academy

EF Academy’s mission to open the world through education inspires everything they do. At their private high school welcoming day and boarding students from 60+ countries, students engage in a learning experience that asks them to explore diverse perspectives through collaboration, analysis, and reflection to develop the skills necessary to respond to the challenges and opportunities facing their generation. Immersion in this global community prepares students to navigate an ever-changing world. The rich cultural backgrounds of the student body enhances learning and prepares students to construct a unique yet united globe. EF Academy strives to empower the next generation of global changemakers. Located in the heart of Westchester County, students can study the US high school curriculum, with an opportunity to explore the IB curriculum and join a variety of sports (varsity, JV, and intramural), clubs, activities, and field trips, all while having the whole world in their classroom. They are now accepting applications for Fall 2023.


Greenwich Catholic

Greenwich Catholic School is unlike any other school in Fairfield and Westchester County. They do more than educate your child. They help mold them into strong, confident leaders who think critically, act compassionately, and are prepared to be responsible global citizens. Each child at Greenwich Catholic is known, cared for, and supported by every member of their strong community. Greenwich Catholic will set your child up for success with unrivaled academics and athletic programs, comparatively low tuition, and a solid track record of getting graduates into their first-choice high school.


Schoolhouse Academy

At Schoolhouse Academy, your child will be taught HOW to think, not WHAT to think. Your child’s learning will accelerate to new heights through project-based and hands-on learning, STEM & Art focused curriculum, strategic tutoring, mastery-based education, subject expert teachers, and advanced 3D technology. All at an affordable tuition. Situated on 14 acres with an athletic field, gymnasium, and outdoor trails, their new campus will welcome students in August 2024. Now enrolling preschool through 8th grade. Learn more and join their interest list.

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