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At Family Centers, we accept each young child as a unique and valuable individual and group member, honoring and respecting family language and cultures. Our curriculum, goals and objectives guide our staff's ongoing assessment of children's progress, while facilitating each child's individual growth and language acquisition and cognitive, social-emotional, physical and creative domains.
Family Centers' Early Care and Education program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Accreditation by NAEYC is widely recognized as a distinction of the highest quality early care and education programs. Only eight percent of the nation's preschools earn NAEYC's stamp of approval. Family Centers' Early Care and Education program is one of two full day-full year program in Greenwich that maintains NAEYC accreditation.
We strive to hire and maintain highly qualified, passionate, professional early educators. Our staff is exceptionally passionate about teaching young children. All our teachers hold a minimum of an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education (or similar), and are working towards Bachelors or Masters degrees in Education.
All of our centers utilize Teaching Strategies Gold, a respected online assessment system, to track the growth and progress of our students. The objectives are aligned with the State of Connecticut's Early Learning Development Standards (ELDS). Lesson plans and individualized goals for each child are determined jointly with parents and teachers based on observations and assessments conducted in the classroom. Development benchmarks for each age group are also considered. Family Centers' curriculum is multi-sensory in approach and emphasizes discovery, cooperation and communication.
Instructional coaching is an innovative professional development strategy that facilitates change, improves instruction and transforms school culture. It is a job-embedded approach to instructional intervention that provides the assistance and encouragement necessary to implement school improvement programs. Research has shown that instructional coaching is far more effective than traditional workshops, increasing best practice implementation by eight times.
The Grauer Preschool is located at 40 Arch Street in Greenwich and is housed in the same building as Family Centers' executive offices. The Arch Street Preschool cares for children ages 3-5 years. Arch Street Preschool has three pre-kindergarten classes. Click here to learn more about The Grauer Preschool.
The Armstrong Court Preschool offers School Readiness classes for income-eligible families with children ages 3-5 years. The Armstrong Court Preschool also houses the Greenwich Head Start program.
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Contact Pati Guza, Admissions Coordinator, at 203-629-2822, ext. 3135 to learn more aobut our centers.